Black Knights hold off Proctor in baseball opener


The Rome Free Academy baseball team scored five late runs and held off Proctor High of Utica in a season-opening 5-4 victory on Thursday at Murnane Field.

Riley Brawdy, Ryan Marello, Ben Minicozzi and Preston Mecca all had two hits.

Damon Campanaro had a double and drove in two runs, and Brawdy and Mecca each drove in one for the Black Knights.

Justin Swavely picked up the win, going 5 1/3 innings while giving up three hits and one earned run. He struck out five and walked five. Campanaro pitched the final 1 2/3 innings for the save, giving up one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out two.

HP blanks Adirondack

Holland Patent beat Adirondack 6-0 in a battle of rivals in the Center State Conference Division I.

Jake Beer got the win on the mound with a complete game, allowing three hits and walking two while striking out six.

Jake Mora drove in one run, and Conner Stalker and Joe Diana each had two RBIs.

HP improves to 4-0 overall and in the league.

Clinton handles Herkimer

Clinton pounded out 12 hits and outscored Herkimer 14-0 on the road.

Andrew Krom won his first game with a complete-game shutout. Krom allowed four hits and walked one. He struck out six.

Tanner Deveans went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Tristan Korfonta had two hits and drove in one for the Warriors.

Westmoreland falls

Westmoreland outhit Sauquoit Valley 13 to 11 but five errors contributed to a 14-4 non-league road loss.

Sauquoit Valley scored three in the first inning and added six in the second, scoring in all but one inning.

Donato Valenzano took the loss on the mound, going four innings while allowing nine runs — three of which were earned. He gave up nine hits and walked three while striking out three.

Leading the Bulldogs offensively were Andrew Scalise with three hits, a run scored and a run batted in. Zach St. Peter with two hits, a run scored and an RBI; and Tom Pick with two hits.

Westmoreland fell to 3-1.


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