Wild Night at McDonough as the Wings fall to Utica 7-6
Red Wings Fall to Blue Sox 7-6
The Geneva Red Wings lost to the Utica Blue Sox 7-6 at McDonough Park on Thursday and almost had a comeback but umpire confusion on the field would lead to a loss posted for the night.
Utica came out hot as they would take a 5-0 lead by the top of the fourth inning.
The Blue Sox’ runs started in the first inning after Geneva’s starting pitcher, Kobie Punchard, walked Joey DeMasi with the bases loaded.
In the second inning, Robbie Young’s RBI single would increase Utica’s lead to 2-0. The next inning, Aaron Previsky’s single would make it 3-0.
In the fourth inning, a single by Vincenzo Castronovo followed by a sacrifice –fly by DemMasi, would make it 5-0.
The Red Wings would finally respond in the bottom of the fourth, as a single by Kross Grundy (Georgia Southern) would score Daniel Sperling (McHenry County Col) . A few batters later, Leo Wells (Notre Dame College) would hit one off the wall for a three-RBI-triple, making the score 5-4 Utica.
In the fifth inning, a wild pitch would bring home Daniel Sperling.
The Wings would then tie it up in the 6th, as Matteo Avallone (Brockport) produced an RBI single.
After an error by Aaron Previsky with runners in scoring position, the Blue Sox would retake the lead. Robbie Young would then hit a sac fly to make it 7-5.
In the ninth inning things got interesting.
Kross Grundy was called out trying to get home from second due to runner interference.
A walk would reload the bases. The next play, a single by Jason Dumont, would have tied the game, although, confusion by the umpires on the score of the game would determine that one of the Red Wings runs did not count, so the game was not tied and was actually 7-6.
Brainy Rojas (East Stroudsburg Univ) was the last hope for the Red Wings, but he would strikeout to end the game.