6/12/17 | Jordan Doroshenko | email@example.com
SHERRILL, N.Y. – Vincent Timpanelli blasted a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning to give the Sherrill Silversmiths a 7-4 lead, and they never looked back en route to a 9-5 victory over the Genesee Rapids on a hot Monday afternoon at Noyes Park.
With the temperature touching 90 degrees at first pitch, Timpanelli’s bat was just as hot, as he finished 2-for-3 with two home runs and seven RBIs to lead the Silversmiths offensively. Kingsley Ballao and Craig Sandford also homered in the win for Sherrill, while Nicholas Wydler went 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
John O’Donnell battled through six innings of work to pick up the win on the mound, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits and striking out two.
A seesaw battle early on saw a knotted game at 2-2 until Genesee’s Andrew Schutt lifted a two-run home run to right field that gave the Rapids a 4-2 advantage in the top of the sixth.
The Silversmiths responded in a big way in their home half of the sixth, scoring five runs to regain the lead. Ballao started the rally with a leadoff home run to right field, before Mike Wroth reached on an error and Sandford worked a walk. Wydler followed with a beautiful bunt to no-mans land down the third base line, allowing everyone to reach safely. With the bases loaded, Timpanelli crushed a go-ahead grand slam over the wall in left center to give the Silversmiths a 7-4 lead.
Timpanelli blasted his second home run in as many innings in the seventh, this time a two-run opposite field shot that extended the Silversmiths’ lead to 9-4.
Devin Long pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning with two strikeouts, paving the way for Dean Streich in the ninth. Aneury Lara hit a solo home run in the vistiors’ last at-bats, but that was as close as the Rapids could get as Streich shut the door and the Silversmiths went on to win, 9-5.
Sherrill (5-2) takes over first place in the Eastern Division by ½ a game over the Cortland Crush and will hit the road to take on the Syracuse Spartans on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.