A first round Class C State tournament win is how the Syracuse Post 100 Juniors started on Saturday after they took down Imperial 8-1, where Braden LaFollette allowed five hits, no walks and no earned runs on July 20 at Plymouth/Tri County.
The Syracuse pitching staff allowed no walks and no earned runs in this contest.
“The pitcher’s did an outstanding job,” Coach Mark Bayliss said. “Braden LaFollette threw sixty pitches in 5.2 innings. That is just amazing.”
Defensively, LaFollette picked off a runner in the first inning and Grant Stubbendeck made two nice catches in center field.
In the second inning, Syracuse recorded a double play that got them out of the inning.
“Our defense played well,” Bayliss said. “We had one inning where we lost one in the sun, but other than that we played a clean game.”
Syracuse jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Kayden DeGoyler crushed a two RBI double to right center field that scored two runs.
Owen Wander and Cooper Carlson hit back-to-back singles in the bottom half of the fifth. Grant Stubbendeck hit a deep fly ball to center that scored pinch runner, Robert Shanks, and Syracuse had a 3-0 lead.
Still in the fifth, LaFollette hit a RBI line drive single to right field and the Post 100 Juniors carried a 4-0 lead heading into the sixth.
Shanks reached on an error that scored Dalton Leefers in the bottom half of the sixth.
With the score 5-1 in favor of Syracuse, LaFollette smacked a two RBI single down right field line and Stubbendeck would later score on a balk and Syracuse led 8-1.
In the bottom of the seventh, and two outs, Griffin Goering struck out the final hitter and Syracuse would get the win.
Syracuse scored eight runs on seven hits. Imperial scored one run on five hits.
LaFollette was 2-for-4 with two singles and three RBI.
DeGoyler contributed a single and double; Carlson, two singles; Wander, single. LaFollette got the win for Syracuse by throwing 5.2 innings. He allowed five hits, one run, no earned, and struck out three. Goering pitched 1.1 innings and had two strikeouts.
Syracuse (1-0) will face Louisville-Weeping Water (1-0) on Sunday, July 21 starting at 5 p.m.