The Cadets enter their Easter weekend trip to Toledo with a record of 1-5, picking up their first win of the season last Tuesday in a bizarre finish against Churchville-Chili.
After falling to 0-3 with a 13-1 loss to Rush-Henrietta at home last Monday, the Cadets overcame a three-run deficit in the final inning Tuesday against the Saints without recording any hits.
Churchville-Chili took an early 2-0 lead and extended it to 4-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning. After Josh Battaglia flew out, David Stirpe and Morgan Kunigan each drew walks and Nic Rohloff reached base on an error. A strikeout by Ryan Schmitt had Hilton one out away from falling to 0-4.
With the bases loaded and the Cadets down to their final out, Max Hendry drew another walk, scoring Stirpe to cut Churchville-Chili’s lead to 4-2. The next batter, Drew Herrnecker, was hit by a pitch, scoring Kunigan to make it 4-3.
Then it happened again. Gavin Moore was also hit by a pitch, scoring Rohloff to tie the score at 4.
The strange seventh inning wasn’t over yet. With Kyle Pellechia at the plate, a passed ball by Churchville-Chili allowed Hendry to score, giving the Cadets a 5-4 win.
The Cadets only had five hits against the Saints, with Schmitt finishing 2-for-4 with a run and Pellechia 2-for-3. Herrnecker went 1-for-1 with 2 RBI after scoring Schmitt with a single in the fourth inning for Hilton’s first run of the game.
Kunigan pitched most the game for Hilton, throwing eight strikeouts and giving up 10 hits in 6.2 innings.
In addition to scoring the winning run, Hendry was credited with the win on the mound despite throwing just two pitches when he relieved Kunigan in the top of the seventh.
Wednesday’s return trip to Rush-Henrietta was moved to Hilton, with the Cadets playing as the visiting team at Schwonke Field. Once again, the Cadets couldn’t keep up with the Comets, falling to 1-4 with a 9-2 loss.
The Cadets played at home for the fourth time in four days Thursday, losing 6-2 to Greece Arcadia to fall to 1-5.
Through six games, Pellechia leads Hilton at the plate with a .400 average (8-for-20). Stirpe is the next highest at .250, with a team batting average of .175. The Cadets have been outscored a combined 56-14.
The team departed for Toledo Saturday morning and will take on Central Catholic Monday at 3:00 before returning to Hilton for two more home games during spring break. The Cadets play Greece Athena Thursday at noon and host Webster Thomas Saturday at 11 a.m.