The Cadets are looking to bounce back from a slow start to the 2017 season, with a busy slate ahead this coming week before they take a road trip to Toledo, Ohio.
Hilton (0-2) is scheduled to play four games in four days this week, starting Monday at home vs. Rush-Henrietta at 4:30, before making the weekend trip to the Midwest.
The Cadets had their scheduled season opener against Churchville-Chili postponed from March 31 to last Friday due to weather, and then rescheduled again to this coming Tuesday at 4:30.
Hilton did get on the field for its season opener last Monday against Fairport, in a game that was moved to Schwonke Field.
The Red Raiders jumped out to an early lead as their first six batters reached base. A Teddy Sharman walk scored Mike Sabatine for the first run of the game, and then a double by Nick Turturro scored Jake Schuler and Sharman to give Fairport a 3-0 lead.
The Cadets answered in the bottom of the first as John Cavallaro drew a walk that scored Morgan Kunigan to cut Fairport’s lead to 3-1 through one inning.
The Raiders roughed up the Cadets in the second, scoring four runs on three hits and five walks. Fairport added three more runs and led 10-1 before Hilton got back on the board in the fifth, when Cavallaro scored Kunigan for the second time.
Fairport led 13-2 when the game was called due to darkness after six innings, handing the Cadets a season-opening loss. David Stirpe took the loss on the mound but finished 3-for-3 at the plate. Cavallaro drove in both of Hilton’s runs, both scored by Kunigan.
The struggles continued Saturday when the Cadets traveled out to Canandaigua in a game that was pushed back into the evening due to weather.
The Cadets only mustered three hits in an 11-2 loss to the Braves. The game was scoreless until the third inning when Tanner Cooper hit a three-run double for Canandaigua. The Braves led 6-0 before the Cadets got on the board in the fifth, when Kyle Pellechia scored Justin DeVos. Josh Battaglia scored on a passed ball to make score 6-2, but the Braves scored the game’s final five runs.
The Cadets were scheduled to face Fairport a second time on Wednesday, but that game was rained out and rescheduled for May 5 in Fairport.
Hilton returns home to host Rush-Henrietta Monday and Churchville-Chili Tuesday. The Cadets are at Rush-Henrietta Wednesday before hosting Greece Arcadia Thursday. All games are scheduled to start at 4:30.
The Cadets will then spend the Easter weekend in Toledo, leaving Saturday morning for a 4:30 p.m. practice at the University of Toledo. The team will get a chance to watch the Toledo Rockets – coached by Hilton alum Cory Mee – take on the University at Buffalo at 11 a.m. Easter Sunday. The team will get a campus tour from Coach Mee on Monday before playing a 3 p.m. game against Central Catholic High School and returning to Hilton late that night.