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Spartans Win Eastern Division Title with 4-2 Victory over Salt Cats

Emily Adelman
The Syracuse Spartans won their first-ever NYCBL Eastern Division title this afternoon with a 4-2
win over their cross-town rivals, the Syracuse Salt Cats.
 
It was the other Syracuse team that struck first, however, against Spartan starter Stuart Martin.
Salt Cat catcher Shannon Baker sliced a single into left field that brought third baseman Tim
Gorton home, starting the scoring in the decisive game three.
 
Martin pitched a gem. After giving up a run to begin the game, Martin crusied along, only
allowing one more run to cross the plate in the top of the fourth inning. The Monroe
Community College attendee went six innings and allowed two runs on six hits while striking
out one.
 
The idled Spartan bats woke up for the Eastern Division finale. The ball club only managed five
hits, but four runs came across the plate, good enough to get the W.
 
Third baseman Britton Lawrence opened the scoring for the home team, bringing in left fielder
Julian Gutierrez, who found himself on first base after being hit by a pitch. Lawrence’s bat has
been hot as of late. The Eastern University player went 2-4 in this game with two doubles and
an RBI. Lawrence has had five hits in these playoffs, good enough for a .313 average.
 
The Spartans tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. First
baseman Jay Perry brought Cyrus Senior home on a groundout to second base, while
designated hitter scored second baseman Jack Paulson on a sacrifice fly.
 
Situational baseball was the name of the game for the Spartans. Combine that with solid
pitching, and the new ball club is headed to its first ever NYCBL Championship.
 
Martin went six strong innings, followed by Joe Westerman, who had a perfect two innings.
After walking his leadoff man in the top of the seventh inning, the Spartan defense turned a
nice double play to end the inning. He gave up no hits while striking out one.
 
The Spartans got one more run home across the plate in the top of the ninth inning thanks to a
sacrifice fly from Paulson. Then, it was closer Rich Marshall’s turn at the mound. While giving up
two hits, the closer got out of the jam safely, not allowing a run to cross the plate. He keeps his
playoff ERA at 0.00
 
SPARTAN(s) OF THE GAME: Jack Paulson and Stuart Martin
 
While it may not show up in the stat sheet, Paulson did everything he could and more to help
the Spartans reach their first ever NYCBL Championship appearance. After making play after
play at shortstop, the UofW-Oshkosh player went 1-3 with an RBI single, a run scored and a
sacrifice fly.
 
Stuart Martin stepped up in a big way. In a tough, win-or- go-home game, the right hander
matched his win total of the season with his first playoff win. He only allowed two runs over six
strong innings, stifling the Salt Cat offense to six hits.
 
The Spartans continue their Championship run as they host the Hornell Dodgers in game one of
the NYCBL Championship. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30pm at OCC, and will be a black out! All
Spartan fans should wear black to help cheer on their team!


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