By Donny Chiarel
SYRACUSE, NY – In a makeup of a cancelled game from June 20th, the Hornell Dodgers and Syracuse Spartans resumed action in a noon tilt at Onondaga Community College. Hornell left victorious by a final score of 5-4.
The game resumed in the top of the first inning, with the Spartans leading 1-0, thanks to a solo shot from Grant Shepherd from their last matchup. Burdett collected two quick outs to send the game into the bottom half of the first.
UPenn incoming freshman Noah Millikan took the mound for the Spartans. The Dodgers pushed across two runs in the bottom of the first, thanks to a passed ball third strike and an RBI single from Aaron Mann, to lead 2-1.
The bases were loaded in the top of the second, as Jordan Dickson stepped to the dish with two outs and grounded out to second, ending the inning.
Tacking on another run was Jack McDonald, collecting his eighth RBI of the season on a double, as the Dodgers increased their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the second inning.
Pat May reached on a walk in the top of the fourth, advancing all the way to third after a stolen base and tag up. Jackson Geisler poked a ball into center to score May, giving him his sixth RBI of the year, cutting the lead to 3-2.
After walking a batter to start the home half of the fourth, Noah Millikan mowed down three straight batters, striking out the side. His last strikeout of the fifth was his ninth overall on the afternoon, a Spartan season-high this summer.
Jordan Dickson was walked to start the top of the fifth, and then advanced to second on a throwing error by Levi Hall. Grant Shepherd singled into left to push Dickson to third, which led Kyle Hoog to ground into a fielder’s choice and allowing Dickson to score, tying the game at 3-3.
Noah Millikan finished with four innings, giving up three runs, three hits, three walks and nine strikeouts. Shea entered the game and collected an out before giving up a two-run homerun to Brendan O’Donnell, as the Dodgers stepped back in front, 5-3.
Kyle Platt reached on an error in the top of the seventh to start the rally for the Spartans. Kyle Hoog skied one out to left that was dropped by Noah Fasso, scoring Platt to make it 5-4. The excitement ended quickly, as Bedrosian flew out to left to end the game.
The winning pitcher from today’s ballgame is Matteo Avallone, while the losing pitcher is Derek Shea for the Spartans.
The Spartans are back at Onondaga Community College tomorrow afternoon as the away team vs. the Syracuse Salt Cats. First pitch will be at 7:05. For tickets, contact [email protected]