Pitching Powers Silversmiths to 3-1 Win over Salt Cats

By:Jordan Doroshenko | June 16, 2017

6/16/17 | Jordan Doroshenko |

SHERRILL, N.Y. – The Sherrill Silversmiths continued to showcase their strong pitching staff, as Alex Gomes, Brett Sandford, and Tyler Hertzwig combined to throw a two-hitter en route to a 3-1 victory over the Salt Cats on Friday evening at Noyes Park.

It was the second win in three days against the Salt Cats, as the Silversmiths improve to 7-3 with the win. The Salt Cats fall to 5-7 overall after the loss.

Gomes pitched six strong innings for the Silversmiths, allowing one run on two hits with three strikeouts to come out on the winning end of a pitching duel.

His counterpart, Michael Bovenzi, was sharp for the Salt Cats as well, holding the Silversmiths to one hit through four innings. He ran into trouble in the fifth, however, finishing with two earned runs on three hits over five innings of work.  

The Salt Cats got on the board first with a run in the top of the third. Fausto Lopez worked a walk, stole second, and scored on an RBI double by Craig Alleyne. The Salt Cats were poised for a big inning with the bases loaded and just one out, but Gomes worked out of the jam to prevent any further damage.

Bovenzi was cruising early on, but his shutout attempt was spoiled in the fifth when Justin Stromski blasted a two-run home run over the wall in right field. Jake Coro doubled earlier in the inning and also scored on Stromski’s opposite-field blast.

Gomes capped his outing with a 1-2-3 sixth, paving the way for Sandford, who worked through the seventh and eighth innings in a hurry. He struck out one and did not allow a hit over two quick innings out of the bullpen.

The Silversmiths took advantage of a Salt Cat error in the bottom of the eighth to add an insurance run. Angelo Baez forced a chopper back to the pitcher that was not fielded cleanly, allowing him to reach first to lead off the inning. After stealing second and advancing to third on a groundout by Tully Allen, Baez scored on a sacrifice fly by Nicholas Lucchese to extend the Silversmiths' lead to 3-1.

Hertzwig worked a hitless ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season and preserve the 3-1 victory. 

The Silversmiths (7-3) have now won four of their last five games and are back in action Saturday to take on the Rome Generals at home at 2 p.m. 

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About the Silversmiths

The Sherrill Silversmiths are a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Organization taking part in the NYCBL, a league funded in part by Major League Baseball and sanctioned by the NCAA. Each summer the Silversmiths and the Sherrill Community welcome baseball players from colleges and universities across the country to aid them in their development. The Silversmiths have had 7 former players move on to play professionally, 4 players have been selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, and currently have 4 former players playing in Minor League Baseball.

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