06/08/17 | Jordan Doroshenko | email@example.com
SHERRILL, N.Y. – Kingsley Ballao (San Jacinto College North) and Jake Coro (Southern New Hampshire) combined to go 6-for-10 with nine RBIs and four runs scored behind a strong bullpen effort as the Sherrill Silversmiths continued to roll out their powerful offensive surge in an 11-7 victory over the Olean Oilers on a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Noyes Park.
Sherrill (3-0) pounced on Olean early, jumping out to an early 9-1 lead after two innings. Ballao and Coro were in the middle of the Silversmiths’ offense all afternoon, and they opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. Ballao belted a two RBI double and scored two batters later on a groundout by Coro to give the Smitties a 3-1 advantage.
After Sherrill starting pitcher John ODonnell (American International) worked a scoreless top of the second, the Silversmiths went back to work on offense sending 11 batters to the plate in a six-run home half. Nate Goodman (Hamilton) and Joshua Goldstein (Southern New Hampshire) led off with back-to-back singles, and they both came around to score on another two RBI base hit by Ballao. Coro capped off the crooked number with a three-run homer that chased Olean starting pitcher Ryan Wojcinski (Medaille), who finished with nine earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Coro’s second homer of the game highlighted a two-run fourth inning that extended the Silversmiths’ lead to 11-1.
The Oilers (1-4) responded, however, as ODonnell ran into trouble after setting down the first batter of the top of the fifth. Allen Murphy (St. John Fisher), Chris Wastchak (California University of Pennsylvania), and Jake Miknis (St. Bonaventure) all singled around an error at second base that allowed Sam Vilk (Seton Hill) to reach base. Miknis’s base hit made it 11-2, before a grand slam by Austin Braendel (Seton Hill) quickly made it 11-7. Jay Palais (Albertus Magnus) came in from the bullpen and quickly ended the rally with a strikeout and a fly out to keep the Smitties’ lead in tact.
After the first five innings featured 18 runs scored, the Silversmiths’ bullpen turned the tides as it held the Oilers scoreless over the final 4 2/3 innings to preserve the victory. Palais earned the win after throwing 1 1/3 innings of relief without allowing a hit and notching two strikeouts. Rylan Baker (St. John Fisher) followed with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, before Austin Perry (Washington College) fired the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his first save of the season.
Ballao finished 4-for-5 with two doubles, four RBIs, and two runs scored, while Coro went 2-for-5 with two homers, five RBIs, and two runs scored. Goodman was on base three times with two singles, a walk, and a run scored in the win.
The Silversmiths will have a quick turnaround as they play the Rome Generals at 11 a.m. on Thursday morning at Delutis Field.