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After tourney cancellation, Juniors adjust for a doubleheader sweep

Kirt Manion
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

After modifications led to a cancellation of an American Legion Juniors tournament at Syracuse last weekend, the host squad Rockets topped Malcolm in both halves of doubleheader action Saturday, games that took the place of the tournament.

Louisville and Tecumseh were originally scheduled to play at Syracuse along with Malcolm for a two-day tournament event.

A COVID-19 positive test on the Louisville roster led that team to drop out and Tecumseh dropped out of the event as well, leaving just Malcolm, which agreed to play Syracuse in doubleheader action.

The Rockets claimed victories by margins of 7-5 and 12-3.

Syracuse responded to Malcolm’s five run fifth inning by scoring four runs in the sixth and taking a 7-5 final result.

Sawyer Brammier went 3-for-4 at the dish with two runs scored. Other offensive leaders in the win were Cooper Carlson, single and run scored; Griffin Goering, single and two RBI; Kayden DeGolyer, single and RBI; Jace Voorhees, single, RBI and run scored and Dalton Leefers, single and run scored.

Brammier went 4.2 frames on the mound with five strike outs, two walks and no runs on one hit. Leefers and Goering pitched in relief. Goering ended up working 2.1 frames, striking out five, walking one and allowing a hit.

Turning to the other game of the day, the Rockets got a 4-for-4 offensive outing from Conner Thompson, who posted a double, a triple, four runs scored and five RBI in leading the Syracuse offense. Other Rocket offensive efforts came from Ty Gorton, single and three runs scored; Garrett Daharsh, double, run scored and two RBI; Voorhees, triple, single, run scored and RBI; Barrett Bischoff, single, two RBI and run scored; and Micah Harvey, single and run scored.

Pitching wise, Harvey threw 3.2 innings, struck out eight, walked none and allowed one earned run on two hits. Thompson pitched 1.2 frames, struck out two, walked three, and allowed two runs, one earned, on one hit.

With the results of the doubleheader included, the Rocket record for 2020 stood at 17-1.

Rockets 10, LCS 4

Dalton Leefers posted a 3-3 outing with two runs scored and an RBI, while Sawyer Brammier had a single, a triple, two runs scored and three RBI in the win. Also posting offense were Cooper Carlson, single and two runs scored; Griffin Goering, single and RBI; Kayden DeGolyer, single and run scored; and Jace Voorhees, double and run scored.

Voorhees, Brammier and Cooper Carlson all pitched.

Voorhees pitched 2.1 frames, struck out three, walked four and allowed four earned runs on four hits. Brammier threw 2.2 frames, struck out three, walked two and allowed no runs on two hits. Carlson pitched an inning and allowed one hit.

Rockets 4, EMN 2

The Rocket offense posted two runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to grab the win.

Dalton Leefers hit for two singles, scored a run and had an RBI and Robert Shanks had a single, a double and a run scored in the Rocket win. Also posting offense were Sawyer Brammier, single and run scored; Cooper Carlson, single; Griffin Goering, single, RBI and run scored; Owen Wander, single and RBI; and Micah Harvey, single.

Shanks pitched 5.0 frames, struck out four, walked two and allowed two earned runs on six hits.

Cooper Carlson worked two frames, struck out one and allowed just one hit.

Rockets 7, Tecumseh 4

Syracuse jumped to a 6-0 lead after two frames and went on for the victory.

Jace Voorhees went 2-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored while Cooper Carlson had a double and a run scored and Griffin Goering had a triple and a run scored. Sawyer Brammier had a single and scored a run; Dalton Leefers had a single and thee RBI and Owen Wander had a single and an RBI.

Cooper Carlson pitched 4.1 frames, struck out eight, walked two and allowed three earned runs on six hits. Leefers pitched 2.2 frames, struck out three, walked three and allowed one earned run on two hits.

Rockets 6, LWW 5

Syracuse trailed twice in late game action but rallied to tie the score in the sixth and then rallied for the win in the seventh inning.

Offensive leaders for the Rockets were Sawyer Brammier, double, run scored and RBI; Griffin Goering, single, double, run scored and RBI; Kayden DeGolyer, single and RBI; Jace Voorhees, single and two RBI; and Owen Wander, single, run scored and RBI.

Voorhees pitched five frames, struck out seven, walked two and allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits.

Brammier worked two thirds of an inning, walked two and allowed one earned run.

Goering pitching one frame and struck out two.

Fairbury 5, Rockets 3

The Land Sharks from Fairbury handed the Rockets one of its few losses on an otherwise decorated albeit abbreviated season.

Griffin Goering had a single and scored twice for the Rockets and Jace Voorhees had a double and posted two RBI.

Cooper Carlson pitched 5.1 frames, struck out five, walked one and allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits.

Goering pitched two thirds of an inning, struck out one, walked one and allowed two hits.