Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Syracuse had runners on second and third when Brandon Cavanaugh lifted a three run HR that carried over the left field fence, as Syracuse went on to defeat Twin River, 7-5, at the Class C State tournament in Syracuse on Sunday, July 28.
“That was clutch.” Is what Coach Mark Bayliss said about Cavanaugh’s second home run of the game.
With the game scoreless in the bottom half of the third, Cavanaugh nailed a solo HR to left field and Syracuse led 1-0.
In the top of the second, Andrew Thompson ran back on a foul ball and made a diving catch for the first out of the inning that kept Twin River at bay.
Max Brammier started on the hill for Syracuse and helped himself out by picking off two runners in one inning.
“He (Max) did a great job by picking two guys off at first,” Bayliss said. “After that, they really shortened up their leads.”
There was a scary moment in the fifth that delayed the game.
Twin River had the and bases loaded and two outs. A line drive ball was hit in the direction of center fielder, Grant Stubbendeck, who made a nice sliding effort to catch the ball, but the ball ricochet off his glove, and caught him under his left eye.
Fortunately, Stubbendeck got up on his own will, and made his way to the dug out to ice his injury.
Tanner Loecker got the Post 100 Seniors rolling by hitting a lead off single in the bottom half of the fifth.
With two runners on, Sam Goering crushed a two RBI double to left field and Syracuse was within striking distance.
Later in the inning, and two outs, Thompson ripped a single between shortstop and third for a RBI single and Syracuse trailed by one.
In the bottom of the sixth, Brammier was hit by pitch. Loecker laid down a great bunt that the pitcher could not handle.
After a balk by the Twin River pitcher, Syracuse had runners on second and third with one out.
On a 2-2 count, Cavanaugh drilled a three run HR to left field to give Syracuse a 7-5 advantage.
Twin River put pressure on Syracuse in the top of the seventh.
With two outs, and runners at second and third, relief pitcher, Wil McCoy, forced a ground out and Syracuse lived to play another day.
“We just want these kids to come out and give it their all, and they did that today,” Bayliss said. “Just live another day and see what happens.”
Syracuse scored seven runs on five hits. Twin River scored five runs on four hits.
Cavanaugh was 2-for-3 with two HR and four RBI; Goering, double; Loecker and Thompson, each with singles.
Brammier allowed three hits, five runs, one earned and eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings. McCoy got the win in relief efforts. McCoy gave up one hit and struck out one in 1.1 innings.
Syracuse is now 1 and 1 in State tournament action and will play again on Monday, July 29 at 2 p.m. @ Syracuse.