SHERRILL, N.Y. – The Sherrill Silversmiths scorched three home runs behind a stellar pitching performance from Jason Hellwig to defeat the first-place Cortland Crush, 7-3, Wednesday evening at Noyes Park.
With the win, Sherrill moves to within one game of first place and improves to 11-8 on the season. Cortland drops its second consecutive game and falls to 12-7 with the loss.
Michael Wroth paced the offense on the day, belting two home runs and finishing 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Craig Sandford also homered in the win for Sherrill and finished 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.
Hellwig continued to pitch well on the mound, allowing two runs and four hits with two walks and a strikeout over eight innings.
Wroth’s first blast, a solo shot over the fence in right field, gave the Silversmiths a 1-0 lead in the home half of the second. The Silversmiths tacked on four more runs in the third. Joshua Goldstein started the rally with a one-out hit-by-pitch on a 1-2 count. Jake Coro followed with a single to put runners on the corners for Kingsley Ballao. Coro stole second as Goldstein broke for home on the throw down to second, which sailed into centerfield allowing the run to score. Coro later scored on a wild pitch, before Wroth launched a two-run towering shot over the fence in left-center to push the Silversmiths’ lead to 5-0.
The Crush scratched to make it a three-run game with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Joey Assenza worked a walk to lead off the fifth and advanced to third on a single from Joseph Tevlin. Jimmy Murray followed with a sacrifice bunt back to the mound, where Hellwig elected to get the out at first while Assenza scored from third to get the Crush on the board. Tyler Schmidt led off the sixth with a double and later scored on an RBI groundout by Dylan Ketch to cut the deficit to three at 5-2. Solid defense stymied the visitors’ momentum all night, as Hellwig induced two inning-ending double plays and capped his outing with a 1-2-3 eighth.
Sandford extended the Silversmiths’ margin back to five with a solo a shot in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth, with the latter scoring Ballao to make it 7-2.
Rylan Baker surrendered a run on two hits in the ninth, but forced a fly out to end the game in the Silversmiths’ favor, 7-3.
The two teams are now 1-1 against each other this season. Cortland scored two runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Silversmiths, 10-9, on June 22. They will face each other once again on Thursday, with a share for first place on the line at Wallace Field at 5 p.m.
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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