The Syracuse Post 100 Seniors defeated Omaha Northwest 9 to 0, as Ethan Zastera went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a HR, and five RBI on Saturday, July 14, at Springfield.
In the bottom of the second and the game scoreless, Monty Roberts drilled a one out double. Christian Frederick nailed a double in the gap and Syracuse took an 1-0 lead. Ethan Zastera added to the lead when he hit a line drive RBI double, and at the end of the second Syracuse led 2-0.
Syracuse recorded a big six run inning in the bottom half of the third. Luke Wilkinson drew a one out walk and Kelson Driever was hit by the pitch. Roberts hit his second double of the game that scored Wilkinson. Izaak Prater hit an RBI single to give the Seniors a 3-0 lead. With two runners on, and two outs, Ethan Zastera blasted a three-run HR that carried over left field fence.
With the score 8-0 in favor of Syracuse, the Seniors added a run in the fourth. Frederick hit a double that hit the bottom of the center field fence and Ethan Zastera knocked in Frederick with a double for his fifth RBI of the game, and Syracuse went on to win 9-0.
Christian Frederick started on the hill for Syracuse and pitched all five innings and recorded 11 strikeouts.
Hitting: Zastera, two doubles, HR; Roberts, two doubles; Frederick, two doubles.
RBI: Zastera, five; Frederick, Prater, and Roberts, one each.
Runs scored: Frederick and Roberts, two each; Prater, Jake Gorton, Zastera, Wilkinson, and Brinkman, one each.
Valparaiso 7 Syracuse 6
In game two on the day, Syracuse was down 3-1 when Mitchell McWilliams hit a three-run HR in the bottom of the fourth, but regrettably Syracuse could not hold on to the lead and lost 7-6.
Trailing 3-0 in the second inning, Zane Weiler helped the Seniors get on the board when he hit a solid double to left field that scored Ethan Zastera.
Izaak Prater led of the bottom of the fourth with a line drive single to center. Ethan Zastera smacked a double, and with runners on second and third, McWilliams connected on a three run bomb to left field, and Syracuse took a 4-3 lead.
Valparaiso took back the lead in the sixth. With the bases loaded, a costly throwing error by Syracuse allowed two runs to score.
The Post 100 Seniors were not down for too long when McWilliams hustled down first and beat out the throw on an infield single in the bottom of the sixth. Weiler laid down a nice sacrifice bunt to advance McWilliams. Valparaiso made a wild throw down to third base later in the inning and McWilliams scored to tie the game 5 to 5.
In the top half of the seventh, Valparaiso scored two runs to regain the lead 7-5.
Syracuse had one more chance when Luke Wilkinson hit an infield single to score Frederick.
With two outs, Syracuse flew out to end the game.
As districts approach, many senior teams throughout the area are scrambling to get games in, so being able to participate in the Springfield tournament, Coach Mark Bayliss realizes the importance of playing in these types of games. “It’s important because it gives us a chance to work in some pitching and try to get some guys some innings that are going to throw in the tournament,” Bayliss said.
On Friday night, July 13, Syracuse lost in the bottom half of the seventh to Lincoln Northstar 7-6. “It was a good ball game and we played well,” Bayliss said.
Bayliss went on to talk about his teams performance today and how they were able to jump out on Omaha Northwest early and with Frederick on the mound they just couldn’t handle him.
In their contest against Valparaiso, Driever struggled a little in the first inning, but was able to settle down and throw four quality innings and struck out seven.
Stats vs Valparaiso
Hitting: McWilliams, HR, single; Zastera, Single, double; Weiler, double; Prater, Roberts, Cavanaugh, Trevor Brinkman, and Wilkinson, each with singles.
RBI: McWilliams, three; Weiler and Wilkinson, one each.
Runs scored: Zastera and McWilliams, two each; Prater and Frederick, one each.
Syracuse will be in Beatrice for district play on Friday, July 20.