Sabres cut off Riders’ early lead in Colonial Council baseball

KINDERHOOK–The Ichabod Crane baseball team hosted Schalmont Monday, April 22 in a Colonial Council match up. Although they jumped ahead 1-0 in the first inning the Riders allowed the Sabres to reel off seven straight runs before scoring the final run of the game in a 7-2 loss.

Schalmont was retired in order in the top of the first and the Rider offense looked like it was primed for a big day at the plate. Pierce Reilly led off with a single and Alec Reeves and Mike Ferrari each walked between an ICC strikeout. With bases loaded and one out Dennis Heeder brought Reilly home with an RBI single. Then the Riders stalled, stranding three runners on base and leaving the inning with a narrow 1-0 lead.

The Sabres knotted things up at one in the top half of the second inning as ICC starting pitcher Mike Ferrari allowed a walk, a stolen base and a passed ball to put a runner on third. Another walk put runners on the corners and, when the runner on first went to steal second, the Riders threw the ball away, allowing the tying run to cross the plate.

Both teams went down one-two-three in the third inning, but Schalmont struck again in the fourth. With one out the Sabres used a pair of singles, a sacrifice fly, an error and another single to push their lead to 4-1. Ferrari faced another two batters in the top of the fifth, allowing one run on a pair of singles, before being relieved by his brother, freshman, Nick Ferrari. The younger Ferrari allowed one more run across on a sac fly, but got out the inning with the Riders down 6-1.

Schalmont added their final run in the sixth after a pair of singles and another sac fly. In the bottom half of the inning the Riders scored the last run of the game as Reeves led off with a single and moved to second on an Nate Issler single. A fielder’s choice moved Reeves to third before Heeder drove in his second run. With two runners on and only one out, the Riders next two batters both struck out to end any hope of a rally.

With the loss the Riders fall to 3-8 overall and 3-2 in league play. Mike Ferrari went 4+ innings, allowing six runs, five earned on five hits and two walks while striking out two. Nick Ferrari threw two innings, giving up one earned run on a pair of hits and a walk.

At the plate Heeder had a pair of singles and two RBIs. Reeves had a single, a walk and a run, Reilly finished with a single and a run; Issler and Brandon McKay each singled and Mike Ferrari added a walk.



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