Smitties Stay Atop East with 8-5 Victory over Rome Generals

By:Jordan Doroshenko | June 21, 2017

6/20/17 | Jordan Doroshenko |

SHERRILL, N.Y. – The Sherrill Silversmiths used a three-run sixth inning to come out on the winning end of a back-and-forth battle with the Rome Generals, 8-5, on Wednesday evening at Noyes Park.

Jake Coro, Kingsley Ballao, Nicholas Lucchese, and Angelo Baez each had two hits in the win for Sherrill. Justin Stromski sparked the Silversmiths offensively with a three-run homer, marking his third round-tripper in the last five games. 

Jason Hellwig was strong on the mound for Sherrill, striking out seven while allowing five runs (three earned) and nine hits with no walks over seven innings.

The Generals jumped on the board first with two runs on two hits in the top of the first. Trip McCaffrey singled and Joseph Castellanos doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. Cody Pasic lifted a sacrifice fly to score McCaffrey, but an errant relay throw allowed Castellanos to score and give Rome an early 2-0 advantage.

Sherrill flipped a switch in the fourth after Ballao led off with a double and Mike Wroth followed with a single up the middle to put runners on the corners. Stromski quickly turned a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead with one swing of the bat, crushing a loud three-run home run over the wall in left field. 

Rome quickly responded with a three-run blast of its own in the top of the fifth, as McCaffrey went yard to put the Generals back on top, 5-3. 

The Silversmiths answered once more with a pair of runs in the home half of the fifth to draw the score even. Baez singled and later scored on a wild pitch, before Coro stole home three pitches later to tie the game at 5-5.

The Generals were poised for a big inning in the sixth, but Hellwig dug deep to work out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam with a groundout and two strikeouts to keep the game locked at 5-5.

The Silversmiths rewarded Hellwig with three more runs in the home half of the sixth to take the lead for good. Baez and Tully Allen worked bases-loaded walks, before Coro lined an RBI single up the middle to give the Silversmiths an 8-5 lead.

Hellwig pitched a perfect seventh inning, paving the way for Devin Long, who tossed a scoreless eighth. Tyler Hertzwig capped off his fifth save of the season by inducing a 6-4-3 double play to end the game in favor of the Silversmiths, 8-5. 

Sherrill (9-5) is currentlly tied for first place in the Eastern Division with the Cortland Crush. The two teams will face off for the first time this season at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Beaudry Park. 

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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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