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Skermont’s complete game, 10 Ks lead unbeaten Whitesboro past J-D

Matthew Breault
Posted 5/26/22

Top seed Whitesboro continued its undefeated season as the Warriors defeated eight seed Jamesville-DeWitt 4-2 on Thursday. Whitesboro jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. A …

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Skermont’s complete game, 10 Ks lead unbeaten Whitesboro past J-D

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Top seed Whitesboro continued its undefeated season as the Warriors defeated eight seed Jamesville-DeWitt 4-2 on Thursday.

Whitesboro jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. A ground rule double by junior Ty Montrose got the Warriors in the hit column, and two batters later, an RBI from senior Brian Zbytniewski brought Montrose in to score.

In the next half inning, J-D’s junior Aaron Sumida’s double gave the team a runner in scoring position for the first time in the game. Sumida wouldn’t be in scoring position for long, as sophomore Aaron Ko knocked him in just a few pitches later.

The bottom half of the second inning is what ultimately sealed the game for the Warriors, as they would go on to score two runs on a bases loaded walk and hit by pitch to take a 3-1 lead.

A costly mistake by the Red Rams on the base pathes would unknowingly cost them the game in just the second inning. One pitch before J-D senior pitcher Carter King homered to deep left field, Whitesboro senior ace Colin Skermont (7-0) picked off a runner at first, which allowed the Warriors to remain in the lead after the home run.

In a seven inning complete game, Skermont was on his A-game, striking out 10 batters (seven swinging, three looking). In both the second and fourth inning, each defensive out for Whitesboro came from the left arm of Skermont.

“It felt good, but somethings still need to be fixed,” Skermont said. “Otherwise, it was crisp and I was throwing strikes… just have to keep the train going and keep working.”

Whitesboro tacked on an insurance run in the fourth, with three straight walks and a sacrifice fly from senior Max Pawlowski that scored Montrose to give the Warriors a 4-2 lead.

The Warriors move to 16-0 on the season, but the playoffs are a whole new season according to head coach Tom Maggiolino. Maggiolino said what the team has done up to this point is now “old news,” and when you reach the playoffs, you’re once again 0-0.

“We just wanted to have a great effort from our starter and Colin was outstanding today and helped us keep going to the quarterfinals,” Maggiolino said.

Maggiolino also added that the team will look to keep the momentum up heading into Saturday’s matchup against four seed Auburn (13-6), who knocked out Tri-Valley League team Camden Thursday.

“Without a doubt, in the playoffs you’re going to need that momentum and that positive mindset moving forward,” Maggiolino said.

Skermont said he hopes his team can keep the positive momentum into the next round of the Section III Class A playoffs.

“A win like this gives the guys some motivation to keep going because we have the arms for this thing,” Skermont said. “We look forward to keep it going on Saturday because we have to win and we can’t fall apart. We have to stay together and work together and everyone has to do their jobs.”

For Jamesville-Dewitt, the team finishes 8-10 on the season and will say goodbye to five seniors (Emanuel Consuegra-Artigas, Justin Ellithorpe, Carter King, Evan Reynolds and Matthew Sweeney). 

Whitesboro will be back in action Saturday at 7 p.m. at Onondaga Community College.

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