For the second consecutive night the Webster Yankees advanced the tying run to third base in the ninth inning. For the second consecutive night, Webster bats stranded that run 90 feet from home.
Jon Clinard (Austin Peay) brought home an unlikely winning run in the seventh as the Geneva Red Wings defeated Webster, 3-2 in New York Collegiate Baseball League action Saturday night. When Mike Blanchard (Austin Peay) appeared caught in a rundown at first, Clinard alertly scampered home with the eventual game winner.
Clinard led the frame with a walk issued by Webster starter, Michael Craig (St. John Fisher). Blanchard followed with a single down the left field line. Yankee reliever Tyler Scott (Toledo) appeared to have worked out of the jam.
The right hander from Novi, Michigan struck out Gordy Lahann (U Texas PB) and Jeff Cola (Toledo) before catching Blanchard wandering from first. Scott’s throw to first would have ended the threat, but Clinard created enough of a distraction to draw a throw to home.
Webster took the lead in the first. Ricky Clark (Central Michigan) opened the game with a double. Shawn Bailey (SUNY Cortland) followed with a bunt single. Clark was thrown out at home as Bailey stole second. When a ground ball by Mike Walraven (Hofstra) was mishandled, Bailey crossed the dish for the lead.
Geneva responded in the sixth. Ryan Walhardt (Oakland) walked to lead the stanza. Jack Wortley (U Texas PB) drilled a one-out home run to right field and the Wings had their first lead of the game.
The tallies represented the first earned runs surrendered by Craig this season. Craig entered the game 4-0 without an earned run in 29 innings of work. The right hander held opponents without a run for his first 28 frames of work this season.
Webster tied the score in the seventh. Clark’s bases loaded single to right field plated Matt Jacobs (UMass-Lowell).
Ryan Kassab (Long Island U) opened the ninth hitting Geoff Dornes (R.I.T) with a pitch. Dornes stole second and moved to third on Clark’s sacrifice fly. But that was as far as Dornes would get.
Clark is 6-11 for the last three games. In the third game of the season, the Mason, Michigan native took a pitch off the wrist that caused him to miss 12 games.
With the loss Webster falls to 15-15 for fourth place in the NYCBL West Division.
Webster fell to Brockport Friday night, 2-1.
Steve Muoio (Georgia C&S) smashed a one-out double in the ninth. After Chriss Soldi (UMass-Lowell) replaced Muoio as a pinch-runner, Jacobs worked a walk. The two moved into scoring position on a pass ball.
Lincoln Rassi (Toledo) took his first loss of the season, allowing four hits and striking out eight in seven innings of work.
Jacobs scored Webster’s lone run in the fifth. Leading the frame with a walk, Jacobs moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rhett Goodmiller. After a single by Clark, Jacobs came home on Bailey’s ground ball.
Webster travels to Alfred Sunday for a pivotal double header versus the Oilers. Alfred currently holds third place at 16-14.