Using a four-run sixth inning and a three-run seventh, the Sherrill Silversmiths picked up their sixth New York Collegiate Baseball League win with an 11-3 victory over the Rome Generals on Tuesday morning at DeLutis Field.
Sherrill’s win comes after a tough 9-8 loss on Monday against Cortland.
“We came back late in Monday’s so we gained a little bit of momentum coming into today,” Sherrill first-year head coach Tim Bailey said after the game. “I thought that really helped and I thought that we hit the ball great today.”
Nate Cormier led off the top of the sixth with a single into right field, moved to second on Reece Armitage’s walk and then went to third when Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s Dewey Roden grounded into a fielder’s choice. Chris Turco reached base on an intentional walk to load the bases with two outs and Sean Doughtry singled to score Cormier and Reece Armitage to give the Silversmiths a 6-2 lead. Turco scored on a throwing error and Doughtry scored on another error by the Generals to cap off the scoring in the sixth.
In the seventh, Cormier led the inning off again with single into right field and came around to score on Armitage’s double into right center. Matt Krause followed Armitage’s double with one of his own that scored Armitage to extend Sherrill’s lead to 10-2. Roden singled back up the middle to score Krause to cap off Sherrill’s scoring.
Roden finished 1-for-5 on the day. “The first few games were tough,” Roden said about the adjustment from high school to college level pitching. “The lefties were tough, but I’m getting used to it.”
Sherrrill starter Joey Kemlage kept the Generals off the board until the fourth inning. Rome’s Chris DeGiacamo led off the inning with a single past a diving Roden at first base. DeGiacamo scored when the next batter, Joe Bramanti, doubled deep to the left centerfield wall. Bramanti scored on Thomas Diskin’s two-out single back up the middle.
Rome added a run in the bottom of the seventh to end their scoring. RFA graduate and Rome Generals third baseman Derrick Miller went 0-for-3 on the day.
Kemlage worked six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out five batters in picking up the win.
Rome starter Nik Barkdull took the loss, working two innings, giving up a run on one hit while walking two and striking out five.
Sherrill improves to 6-3 on the season and holds a half-game lead over the Syracuse Spartans in the Eastern Division. Rome falls to 4-6 and is 2 1/2 games out of first place. Weather permitting, the two squads are set to meet again tonight, but in Sherrill at 5.