Cadets explode past Athena with 11-run inning

An 11-run sixth-inning explosion propelled Hilton past rival Greece Athena for its second win of the season Friday at Schwonke Field.

The Cadets trailed the Trojans 4-0 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, and had only two hits before their bats suddenly ignited.

Ryan Schmitt led off the inning with a solo home run, and each Cadet in the batting order followed up by reaching base and scoring.

John Cavallaro scored the second run on an error. Nic Rohloff scored on a single by Justin DeVos, and then a single by Gavin Moore scored Morgan Kunigan to tie the game.

Kyle Pellechia reached base on an error that scored Drew Herrnecker to give Hilton a 5-4 lead. DeVos scored on a single by David Stirpe. Then Schmitt ripped a two-run single that scored Moore and Pellechia to increase the lead to 8-4.

A Kunigan groundout still managed to score Stirpe, and then Herrnecker reached second on an error that scored Schmitt and Rohloff to bring Hilton’s tally to 11.

The Cadets held on for an 11-6 win, with Rohloff earning the win in four innings on the mound. Stirpe also pitched three innings, allowing one run and three hits with two strikeouts.

Schmitt finished 2-for-3 with a walk at the plate with two runs and three RBI.

“I was just trying to get the players going, trying to re-establish the fire,” Schmitt told PickinSplinters.com. “I was just trying to do my job as the number-three hitter, just get on base, get people off base.”

The game started Thursday afternoon before being suspended due to inclement weather in the top of the fourth inning and resumed Friday.

Friday’s late rally and offensive explosion was a complete 180 from Monday, when the Cadets gave up nine runs in the fifth inning of a 14-4 loss to Central Catholic in Toledo.

The Cadets fell behind the Fighting Irish 3-0 in the first before rallying with three runs in the fourth to tie the score. Central Catholic reeled off three straight doubles and kept firing away en route to scoring the game’s final 11 runs.

The Cadets also lost Saturday at home against Webster Thomas. The 9-1 loss to the Titans dropped the Cadets to 2-7 on the season, with a home-and-home series against Penfield coming up this week. Hilton travels to Penfield for a 4:30 p.m. first pitch Monday, with the Patriots coming to Schwonke Field Wednesday. The Cadets are at Spencerport Friday at 4:30 before hosting Brockport Saturday at 1 p.m.