Sunday Sports: Watertown Rapids sweep Utica in doubleheader

Sunday Sports: Watertown Rapids sweep Utica in doubleheader

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The Watertown Rapids 3 day, 4 game road trip continued Saturday with a doubleheader at Murnane Field against the Utica Blue Sox. The Rapids looking to snap their current 5 game losing streak.

In game one, top of the second, Dylan Sanchez singles to right center and Khale Showers comes around from 2nd to score: 1-0 Rapids.

At the top of the third, Emil Matti hits a sacrafice fly to right center, Nate Chase tags and scores from 3rd. Score: 2-0 Rapids.

Top of the fourth, Danny Dimarzo grounds into a fielders choice, the throw to 1st is wild. Showers scores: 3-0 Rapids. Still in the 4th, Johnathan Catapano is hit by the pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home Dimarzo. Score: 4-0 Rapids.

Meantime, Rapids starter Matt Aufiero would throw a gem going the distance, allowing a run on 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 5. The Rapids take game one 6-1.

In game 2 highlights, the Rapids looking for the doubleheader sweep and they would get on the board first.

Top of the second, Vinnie Derubies doubles to left field and Tony Socci comes around from 2nd to score: 1-0 Rapids.

At the top of the 6th, the Rapids add to their lead. Dylan Sanchez walks with the bases loaded, forcing home James Krick from 3rd. Score: 2-0 Watertown. Still in the 6th, Johnathan Catapano singles through the hole into left, both Socci and George Rosales score: 4-0 Rapids, and that would be the final as the Rapids achieve the doubleheader sweep.

For college players, being more than a one tool player enhances their chances of being drafted by a Major League team and makes them a valuable asset for their teams. This year, the Watertown Rapids boast two players that can do it all when called upon.

In a short season Collegiate Baseball League, managers need flexibility in their lineups with few off days and doubleheaders. Rapids Manager Michael Wood has that flexibility this season with two players that can take the mound or play in the field.

James Krick from Hillsdale College has been a force at the plate, hitting 310 with a homer and 6 RBIs in 7 games, going 9 for 29. Krick has also taken the hill for the Rapids 4 times this season. He entered Saturday’s game 2-0 with a zero ERA, striking out 9 and walking 3 but gave up 6 runs in 3 and 2/3 innings in Saturday night’s loss to Amsterdam.

Another player that Wood has relied on in the field and on the mound is Michael Rounds from UMass. Rounds is 1-1 on the season with a 3.85 ERA, striking out 7 and walking 3. At the plate, Rounds is 6 for 19 with a 316 batting average with no home runs and an RBI.

Wood is happy to have that versatility at his disposal, knowing he can rely on both players at any given time during a game.

The 2019 Liberty League Football schedule is out for the St. lawrence Saints football team. A schedule that features 5 home games, one of those under the lights at Leckonby Stadium. The Saints open the season on Saturday night September 7th at Utica College and travel to Norwich the following week for a Saturday game at high noon. St. Lawrence opens the home portion of their schedule on Friday night September 20th against Morrisville State with that game set for a 7 o’clock kickoff. That begins a string of 3 straight home games, as the Saints host Hartwick on September 28th at 1 o’clock and entertain Ithaca the following week on Saturday, October 5th at 1 PM. The Saints 2 other home games are on Saturday, October 26th against RPI at 1 PM and Saturday, November 9th against the University of Rochester at 1PM. The Saints close out their season Saturday, November 16th on the road at Buffalo State with a high noon kickoff.

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