The Cadets enter the postseason on a bit of a hot streak, winning three of their last five games to wrap up the regular season at 6-14, seeded ninth of 12 teams in Class AA for sectionals.
After Nic Rohloff tossed a no-hitter to lead Hilton past Gates Chili at home last Monday, the Cadets made the trip to Gates and picked up a 6-1 win, the first time the team won consecutive games this season.
The Cadets came out swinging against the Spartans, as the first six batters reached base. A bunt by Kyle Pellechia led to an error that scored David Stirpe. Rohloff scored Pellechia on a fielder’s choice. Morgan Kunigan scored Rohloff on a single, and then Drew HerrNeckar drove in John Cavallaro to give Hilton a 4-0 lead in the first inning.
With the Cadets leading 4-1 in the second inning, another bunt by Pellechia again led to an error that scored Stirpe. Hilton didn’t score again until the seventh inning, when a fielder’s choice by Josh Battaglia scored Ryan Schmitt, but the Cadets held the Spartans to one run and won the game 6-1.
In addition to his two runs scored, Stirpe was outstanding on the mound, allowing just three hits and throwing eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings to get the win. Pellechia, Schmitt and Kunigan each went 2-for-4 at the plate.
In between the two wins against Gates Chili, the Cadets headed back out to Victor Tuesday to complete a game that was suspended in the fourth inning back on May 4. Hilton trailed 3-1 when the game resumed. Battaglia drove in Kunigan to cut Victor’s lead to 3-2 at the end of the fourth.
The Cadets tied the game in the fifth, when Kunigan scored Pellechia on a sacrifice fly, and then took the lead when HerrNeckar singled home Schmitt. Hilton made it 5-3 in the top of the seventh when Schmitt singled in Stirpe, but Victor rallied in the bottom of the seventh. The Cadets led 5-4 with two outs but gave up a two-run single and lost 6-5.
Schmitt finished the game 3-for-4 with a run and one RBI. HerrNeckar was also 3-for-4 with one RBI. Kunigan went 2-for-3 with a run and one RBI, and Stirpe finished 2-for-5 with a run.
Hilton’s offense offense ignited for 10 runs at Fairport Thursday, but ended up losing a wild game 11-10 in extra innings.
Schmitt scored Stirpe on a sacrifice fly for Hilton’s only run of the first inning. Fairport led 2-1 in the second when Gavin Moore singled in Cavallaro to tie the score. The Cadets took the lead when Battaglia scored Moore on a sacrifice fly.
The Red Raiders retook the lead 5-3, but the Cadets answered to tie the game in the third as Schmitt scored on a passed ball and Kunigan singled in Cavallaro.
The Cadets took an 8-5 lead in the fourth. Battaglia scored on a double by Stirpe, and Stirpe scored when Schmitt forced a Fairport error. Schmitt then scored on a single by Rohloff.
The Raiders scored one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to tie the game at 8, but the Cadets answered with runs by Kunigan and Moore to retake the lead 10-8 in the seventh. Fairport was down to its final out when a two-run double tied the score at 10 and sent the game to extra innings. The Raiders won the game with a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.
Kunigan and Battaglia each finished 2-for-4 with a run and one RBI. Stirpe, Cavallaro and Schmitt each scored two runs.
The Cadets faced the top-ranked Class AA team in New York state Friday, with a trip to Webster Schroeder, and gave the Warriors a run for their money. Hilton tied the game at 1 in the third when Schmitt singled in Stirpe, but it was the only run the Cadets scored. Schroeder added runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to remain unbeaten with a 4-1 win.
Hilton wrapped up the regular season with a 7-2 win against Irondequoit at home Monday. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Cadets answered with a two-run single by Schmitt that scored Stirpe and Pellechia to put them ahead 2-1.
The Cadets scored three more runs in the third, with a two-run single by Cavallaro that scored Rohloff and Kunigan, and a double by HerrNeckar that scored Cavallaro.
Irondequoit cut Hilton’s lead to 5-2 in the top of the fourth, but the Cadets answered when Stirpe scored on an error in the bottom of the inning. They added another run on a trick play when Rohloff got caught in a rundown between first and second that allowed Schmitt to steal home and score the game’s final run.
Schmitt and Cavallaro each finished 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Stirpe went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Pellechia went 2-for-4 with one run. HerrNeckar finished 2-for-3 with one RBI. Rohloff earned the win on the mound, throwing nine strikeouts and allowing two runs in six innings.
The No. 9 seed Cadets (6-14) are awaiting word on who and when they will play in the first round of sectionals Friday.
Pellechia finished the regular season as the team’s leading batter (.356). Schmitt finished the regular season batting .333 and leading the way with 15 RBI and hit the team’s only home run. Cavallaro was second with eight RBI, and was also second with 10 walks at the plate. Rohloff led the team with 14 walks, and led the team with 25 strikeouts on the mound and a 3-3 record. Stirpe was second with 20 strikeouts thrown. He also led the team with 15 runs scored was third on the team with a .279 average at the plate.