Saturday Sports: Rapids bounce back on home turf

Saturday Sports: Rapids bounce back on home turf

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Saturday, the Watertown Rapids were back home at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds hosting the Adirondack Trailblazers. The Rapids looking to bounce back from a doubleheader loss to the Trailblazers in Boonville Friday night.

At the top of the 4th, the trailblazers strike first when Vincent Cimini goes the other way for a base hit. Both Kevin Ferrer and Connor Hamilton scored. 2-0 Adirondack. At the bottom of the 4th, the Rapids tie it with one swing of the bat. Tony Socci goes deep with a 2 run home run over the wall in left, tying the game at 2.

At the bottom of the 5th, the Rapids take the lead as Derek Kasperzyk grounds into a fielders choice. George Rosales crosses. Score: 3-2 Rapids. Still in the 5th, Socci walks with the bases loaded and Johnathan Catapano scores: 4-2 Watertown.

After a throwing error made it 6-2, Vinnie Derubies raps a double to left and Socci scores: 7-2 Rapids.

The Watertown Rapids go on to beat Adirondack 11-5. Their record improves to 15-21 on the season after Friday nigths slump. Theyr next game is against the Capital City Reds.

Speaking of the Rapids, former Rapids pitcher and Lafargeville native, Matt Valin became the first Watertown Rapids player to sign a professional contract. He inked a deal with the Ottawa Champions in the Can Am League.

Valin appeared in 5 games for the Rapids in 2018, striking out 28 in 22 innings and posting a 2.86 ERA.

In Empire Football League action Saturday Night, Schenectady took on the Watertown Red and Black and beat Watertown 29-13. The Red and Black fall to 0-2 on the season. Their next game is on July 27th at Glens Falls.

And in the Northeastern Football Alliance, Lockport defeated the Carthage Revolution 64-30. The Revolution fall to 3-3 on the season.

An impressive showing for Indian River bowler E.J. Omelia at the 2019 Junior Gold Championships in Detroit, Michigan.

Omelia finished 54th out of 869 bowlers in the U-17 category. He finished with a total pin count of 4826 for 227 games for an average of 179.

Last month, Omelia placed 4th in the National High School Bowling Championships in Indianapolis.

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