Tom Sutera through nine innings of one run baseball on Saturday night and still had to work for his third win of the season. The 6’6’’ right hander out of Siena College was masterful on the mound as he mowed down Trail Blazer hitters throughout the night.
The only problem for Sutera was trying to get the Geneva offense jump started at the plate. Trailing 1-0 in the eighth inning, Monroe Donnelly (John Carroll Univ.) finally did so when he laced a ball off the glove of Adirondack third basemen Lorenzo Calderon (Marymount Univ.) which brought home the tying run from third. Afterwards, Sutera would retire the side once again in the top half of the ninth and leave the rest up to the Geneva Offense.
With runners on the corners and two outs, Drake Sykes (Knox College) decided it was his time to leave a mark on the 2016 season. On the second pitch of the at-bat, Sykes chopped a ground ball over the head of Adirondack pitcher Don McWreath (Seton Hill University) which landed softly on the ground right behind the mound. As Adirondack infielders tried to track it down, Sykes dug his way down the line and eventually dove head first into the bag to beat a throw that was never made. Sam Fuller (St. Bonaventure) came across to give Geneva the win as Sykes was soon after mobbed by his teammates behind first base.
The walk-off win marks Geneva’s ninth of the season, and will give the Red Wings some momentum moving forward as they head to Victor on Sunday afternoon. For the Trail Blazers, a tough road loss with have to be quickly forgotten as the team hits the road to take on Mohawk Valley on Sunday as well.
Photos courtesy of Rich Hanley, Anticipate Sports Photography