The Rome Generals notched their fourth consecutive win on Wednesday morning with an 11-5 victory over New York Collegiate Baseball League rival Sherrill at DeLutis Field.
Rome head coach Cole Morozek credits the four-game winning streak to starting pitching.
“Shaun (Gamelin) threw a pretty good game today,” Morozek said. “He was our closer coming into the season and we switched things up and the last two starts, he’s been lights out.”
Gamelin picked up his third win of the season in his second start, working six innings for the Generals, giving up three runs on three hits and he walked five and struck out five.
“It’s always nice when you get a good quality start,” Morozek said.
Gamelin had early run support from his offense. In the first inning, Sherrill starting pitcher and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill high school graduate Connor VanDreason walked the first two batters he faced.
With runners on first and second with one out, Rome’s Stephen Peters singled in Rome Free Academy graduate Derrick Miller for the game’s first run. Joe Bramanti followed Peters’ single with one of his own to score Chris DeGiacamo from second to give the Generals a 2-0 lead. Peters went first to third on Bramanti’s single and came into score when Donald Stokes grounded into a fielders choice to give Rome a 3-0 lead after an inning of play.
Sherrill got on the board in the fourth inning after Chris Turco worked a two out walk. Turco stole second and moved to third on a passed ball and came into score when Robert Armitage singled back up the middle to bring the game to 3-1 still in favor of the Generals. Rome added to their lead in the bottom half of the sixth inning after Bramanti doubled to right centerfield and moved to third on a passed ball and came into score on Stokes’ single through the left side of Sherrill’s infield. Stokes stole second and moved to third on Alex Vasquez’s groundout to first and scored on Luis Atiles’ single into right center to make the score 5-1.
The Silversmiths fought back in the top of the seventh however. Gamelin walked the first two batters of the inning and was pulled for reliever Kotaro Kajita. Alex Stroshine was the first batter Kajita faced and he laid down a bunt on the third base side of the mound. Kajita fielded the bunt and threw to third in an attempt to get the lead runner out, but an errant throw allowed Clinton High School graduate Matt Fitzgerald to score. Vito Castronovo singled into shallow centerfield to load the bases for Sherrill and Matt Krause came in to score after Sean Doherty was hit by a pitch and VVS graduate Dewey Roden hit a sacrifice fly that scored Stroshine to make it a one run game at 5-4 heading into the bottom of the inning.
The Generals offense exploded for six runs on seven hits while batting around the order in the bottom half of the seventh to seal the game.
“We’re just gelling right now,” Miller said, who tripled in the six-run seventh inning for Rome. “It took us a couple weeks to get going, but we’re all just gelling right now. We’re all best buddies here and we’re all just having fun playing baseball.”
The Generals, who are 14-17, will look to extend their winning streak to five games tonight when they visit Cortland at 6 p.m. Sherrill drops to 15-14 and will travel to Syracuse to take on the Salt Cats tonight at 7.