Big inning helps Proctor baseball top Rome Free Academy


The Thomas R. Proctor High School baseball team’s offense had been held in check the first two games of the season.

The Raiders busted out against rival Rome Free Academy on Tuesday. 

Proctor totaled nine runs in the fifth inning — capped by Angelo Podagrosi’s grand slam—and the Raiders earned a 11-4 Tri-Valley League victory at Bill Vinci Field.

The game was called by the umpires after six innings due to a lack of light on the field. The game had been originally scheduled for Murnane Field in Utica. However, the field wasn’t playable due to the recent weather and the game was moved.

After a delayed start to the season, Proctor was held scoreless in two losses since Saturday, including being no-hit against Whitesboro on Monday. 

“We saw two excellent pitchers the first two games,” Proctor coach Dave Guido said. “It seemed like we were out in front of the ball. We just told them to get a good piece.” 

Proctor finished with eight hits Tuesday, including three in the fifth inning. The team was also helped by five walks including three players hit by pitches from Rome Free Academy pitchers. 

“The first two games we came out really slow,” said Podagrosi, a junior first baseman who hit his first grand slam at the varsity level. “(Tuesday) we knew had to score some runs. We changed our approach and worked the pitchers and worked the at-bats to put runs on the board.” 

He said he probably wouldn’t have swung at the pitch he sent to left field just over the fence if he didn’t have two strikes. 

“It just happened to go over,” said Podagrosi, who had a single as the second batter of the fifth inning. “(Going into the inning) I knew we had to get it going because we didn’t know when the game would end. I just try to get on base any time and score runs.” 

Podagrosi finished 3-for-3 with three runs and the four runs batted in. He also drew a walk in the third inning.

Junior shortstop Todd Abraham finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs and junior outfielder Peyton Kimball went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs for Proctor (1-2 overall).

Rome Free Academy (2-4 overall) was helped by Jacob Premo and John Sharrino, who each had an RBI. The Black Knights grabbed a 4-2 lead in bottom of the fourth inning on a pair of throwing errors by Abraham. After lifting starter Marco Marci, Rome Free Academy went to relief. 

“We’ve got to throw strikes,” said RFA coach Evan Howard, who had to use three pitchers in relief in the fifth inning. “We got a little wild there in relief. … Those guys have been pretty decent in the past. They came up and had a couple big hits.” 

Proctor’s rally started when Jacob Lew was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Podagrosi later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4. 

Abraham’s RBI single off Michael Flint gave Proctor the lead for good and Kimball’s two-run double two batters later extended the lead. After a strikeout and Joe DePaul was hit by a Podagrosi came up again and hit a shot to left field.

“We battled back,” Guido said. “We’ve got a lot of juniors. I think it is going to take us a while. But I think we’re on the right foot. We have to swing the bat.” 

Proctor is next slated to play at 7 p.m. Thursday at Central Valley Academy.

RFA is scheduled to play at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Oriskany scores 10 in the second in big win

The Oriskany offense exploded for 10 runs in the top of the second inning to help the team to a 15-5 win at Hamilton Monday in the Center State Conference.

Christian Grant had two singles and two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored in the win. Alex Burrows doubled twice, drove in one and scored three times. Karsten Bates hit a homerun, drove in three and scored twice. Ty Zizzi had two hits, a run and an RBI.

Anthony Kernan started for Oriskany but only went one inning, allowing three earned runs on four hits and a walk. Eddie Wright went two innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits with three strikeouts. Chase Koenig went the final four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out seven.

Hamilton’s offense was led by Zach LaFrance with two hits and a run and Luke Jackson with two hits and two RBIs.

Pitching statistics for Hamilton were not provided.

Oriskany travels to Poland for a 4:30 p.m. start Wednesday in the league.

Jones brothers help HP to victory

Andrew Jones got the win on the mound for Holland Patent and brother Adam Jones singled and doubled twice as the Golden Knights beat Sherburne-Earlville 11-4 at home Monday in the Center State.

HP tied the game at 3-3 in the second inning, took a 6-3 lead in the fourth and scored five in the sixth.

Offensively for HP, Matthew Lux hit a homerun and had three RBIs. Luke Benedetto had a hit and two RBIs.

Benjamin Menard took the loss on the mound for Sherburne. At the plate he had two hits.

HP improves to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in the league. The Knights visit Canastota at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the league.

Wildcats maul Canastota

The Adirondack baseball team pounded out 20 hits and beat Canastota 24-3 on the road Monday.

Colin White triple twice as part of a five-hit, five-run, seven-RBI day at the plate for Adirondack. Brett Sanford homered and had three hits with five runs batted in and four runs scored. Bailey Gleasman doubled and tripled, scored a run and drove in two. Jake Khouri had a double as part of three-hit day, with four RBIs and two runs scored.

Max Weiler threw a complete game for Adirondack, allowing three runs, two of them earned, on four hits and three walks. He struck out seven.

Statistics for Canastota were not submitted.

Adirondack was at Carthage in a non-league game Tuesday. Results were not available at press time.

Remsen holds Town of Webb to three hits in win

Remsen’s Ben Staskaski and Matthew Helmer combined to hold the Town of Webb to three hits in a 4-2 win at home Monday in the Center State.

Staskaski went five innings and allowed an unearned run on two hits and five walks. He struck out six. Helmer allowed an earned run on a hit and a walk in two innings. He struck out four.

On offense for the Rams, Joshua Jordan had two hits, a run and a run batted in. Noah Skermont had two hits and a run. Staskaski doubled, scored and drove in one.

Statistics for the Town of Webb were not submitted.

Remsen is 2-0 and hosts Morrisville-Eaton at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in league play.

Clinton’s Chmielewski gets three hits and drives in three in win

The Clinton baseball team scored in each of the first five innings to power the Warriors to an 11-6 win at home against Mount Markham Monday in Center State play.

Ryan Chmielewski had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs for the Warriors. Aiden Soika had three hits, two runs and an RBI. Tanner Champion had a single, double, triple, a run scored and an RBI.

Vinny Martino started for Clinton, allowing six runs, two of them earned, on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Sam Costanzo struck out the lone batter he faced. Kyle Majka went 3 2/3 innings, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

Statistics for Mount Markham were not submitted.

Clinton is now 3-3 on the season and will be at Sherburne-Earlville at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the league.


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