Defending state champ Ithaca Bulldogs sweep Seneca baseball with two close wins

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By Derick Kelly

 

The Seneca Royals baseball team traveled to the defending D5 State Champion Ithaca Bulldogs on Monday, April 22 and nearly gave the Bulldogs a rude awakening.

After falling behind 6-1 after four innings, the Royals rallied for four runs in the seventh inning, getting the tying run on base before the Bulldogs got a strikeout to end the game.

Gage Wall (2-for-4 with a double and one run scored) and Reggie George (1-for-3 with two RBIs) lead the Royals offensive attack. Jack Gallagher took the loss on the mound (six runs on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched).

Following Monday’s contest at Ithaca, the Royals traveled to Cazenovia three days later with the host Weston Silver Eagles earning a 9-1 victory. 

The Royals offense was held to one run on six hits. Seneca got singles from Dawson Davidson, Owen Oppriecht, G. Wall (one run scored), Jacob Payne, Hunter Hagensick (one RBI) and Hall.

Payne took the loss on the mound for Seneca (five runs on six hits and one walk with two strikeouts in two innings pitched).

The Royals ended the week on Saturday by hosting Ithaca in a rescheduled game.

In a game dominated by pitching (the two teams combined for five hits, five walks and 21 strikeouts), it was the Bulldogs who got on the scoreboard first with a run in the top of the seventh inning to break a 0-0 tie.

The Royals got a runner to second base with one out in the bottom of the seventh but were unable to get them in thanks to the strong pitching of Ithaca’s Micah Salisbury (no runs on two hits and four walks with strikeouts in seven innings). 

Damian Hall, G. Wall and Oppriecht each had a hit for the Royals in the game. 

Davidson suffered the hard luck loss on the mound as he allowed just one run (unearned) on two hits and one walk while striking out 11 batters in seven innings.

The Royals dropped to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play with the losses.

Following Monday night’s home game with La Farge, the Royals welcome Kickapoo to town this Thursday.

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