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Red Wings Erase Seven-run Deficit for 9-7 Win

By Connor Griffin

The Geneva Red Wings at one point trailed 7-0 in Thursday night’s independence day game against the Newark Pilots. Geneva was able to rally back for an exciting win at McDonough Park.

Newark’s scoring started with a sacrifice fly from Parker Denny in the 1st.

The Pilots had a big 3rd inning, putting up six runs. Over Torres hit a two-RBI single to make it a 3-0 game. A few batters later, David Bermudez knocked in two more with a double. Jordan Fiedor then hit a two-RBI single to give the Pilots a 7-0 lead.

Geneva would get on the board in the 4th, as Trevor Rogers hit his 5th home run of the year, a two-run shot, to cut the deficit to five.

In the 6th, the Wings would battle back. Kross Grundy grounded into a fielder’s choice that would score a run.  Brock Kauffman then stepped up and blasted a three-run home run to make it a 7-6 game.

A two-RBI double by Thursal White gave Geneva the lead, but they wouldn’t stop there. Brandon Cooper hit a double to score White as Geneva went up 9-7.

The Wing’s bullpen had a great outing as they held the Pilots scoreless for the last six innings of the game.



Blue Sox takedown Red Wings 12-5

The Geneva Red Wings lost to the Utica Blue Sox 12-5 on Monday. Some early pitching struggles for the Red Wings got them in the hole early and from there they were never able to get themselves out.

In the first inning, with the bases loaded, Geneva’s starting pitcher Myles Stearns walked Vincenzo Castronovo for the first run of the game. The Blue Sox then scored another run from a balk. The next batter, Brenton Phillips, grounded out but was able to knock in another run for a 3-0 lead.

Geneva would get those three runs back in the bottom of the 1st, starting with an RBI single by Brandon Cooper. Next, Daniel Sperling grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Noah Fisher from third. A sacrifice fly from Kross Grundy tied the game at three.

In the 2nd, Castronovo singled to score two more for Utica.  A single by Phillips then made it a three-run game again.

Utica’s bats remained hot in the 6th, as Josh Hatcher hit a two-run home run.  The Sox then executed some smart base running as a double steal brought home Philips from third for a 9-3 lead.

The Wings cut the lead down in the 7th, starting with Brainy Rojas scoring on a wild pitch. An RBI single by Brandon Cooper made it a 9-5 game.

In the top of the 8th, Phillips got on base after a failed attempt at a diving catch by Thursal White in right field. The ball rolled to the wall and Hatcher scored from third.

The Blue Sox would add on even more insurance in the top of the 9th as Gabe Sherman hit an RBI single. Tyler Simon then hit a ball into the gap to score one more. Although, Simon was tagged out trying to stretch a double into a triple after a great throw by the left fielder Grundy.

Geneva’s next game is at Newark on Wednesday.

Red Wings Rout Pioneers 16-2

by Connor Griffin

The Geneva Red Wings’ came out hot on Friday night as they put on an offensive show in a 16-2 win over the Elmira Pioneers.

It started in the 1st inning with a two-RBI single by Harrison Treble to make it 2-0.

Geneva’s 2nd inning was an offensive surge as they put up eight runs. Trae Yunger began the scoring with a two-RBI-double to left field. A few batters later, a single by Kross Grundy would knock in two more, making it 6-0 Red Wings.

Harrison Treble then hit a double to score Trevor Rogers. A sacrifice fly by Daniel Sperling, followed by a Josh Lester double, would expand the lead even more.  Brainy Rojas then reached on an error that scored another run, as it would be 10-0 Geneva after the 2nd inning.

In the 5th, Trevor Rogers reached on an error that knocked in one more for an 11-0 Geneva lead.

Elmira would finally get on the board in the 6th as Bryce Moskiewicz grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Zach Turner.

In the bottom half of the inning, Lester would score on a wild pitch making it 12-1 Red Wings.

Geneva would have another multiple-run inning in the 7th. It started with a solo home run by Brandon Cooper. A few batters later, Lester hit a double to bring home Grundy, as Geneva took a 14-1 lead.

Brennan Chisholm then walked in a run after being hit by a pitch. Next, a sacrifice fly by Brainy Rojas made it a 15 run game.

Elmira would get one more in the top of the 9th, as Trae Harmon hit a sacrifice fly to score Preston Moore, making it a 16-2 game and that is how it would end.

Geneva’s next game is at Watertown on Saturday.

Red Wings Sweep Doubleheader with Pilots


The Geneva Red Wings played a doubleheader against the Newark Pilots on Wednesday. The first game was a makeup of the Wings’ home opener on June 1 that was canceled due to rain.

Game 1: Geneva 8 Newark 5

The first game picked up in the bottom half of the 2nd inning with the score 4-1 Red Wings.

Geneva expanded their lead in the 5th when Noah Fisher hit an RBI single. During the next at-bat, Brainy Rojas would score on a wild pitch.  Fisher would then score from another wild pitch, to make it 7-1 Geneva.

Newark would answer back next inning, as David Bermudez hit a two-RBI double to cut the lead down to four. An RBI single by Ty Syta in the top half of the 7th made it a 7-4 game.

A sacrifice fly by Brandon Cooper added an insurance run for the Wings.

In the top of the 9th, a solo home run by Logan Stirr started a rally Newark. Although, it would fall just short as Geneva would close it out for the win.

Game 2: Geneva 5 Newark 4

Game two was only a seven-inning game due to the doubleheader.

Newark opened the scoring in the top of the third when Allen Murphy hit an RBI-double. The very next at-bat, Over Torres, blasted a two-run home run to give Newark a 3-0 lead.

Newark’s starting pitcher Ryan Mueller had a great outing, as he kept the Wings scoreless for the first four innings.

Geneva got on the board in the 5th as Brainy Rojas scored on a wild pitch.

In the top of the 7th, Allen Murphy grounded out but still managed to knock in a run for Newark, making it 4-1.

In the bottom half of the inning, Geneva rallied back. It started with a base hit by Thursal White that, after an error by Newark’s shortstop David Bermudez, scored Trey Younger and Brandon Cooper. White then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at four.

Alex Bibb then came through for Geneva with a walk-off single, as the Wings won 5-4.

Red Wings Take Down Rapids in 14 Innings

The Geneva Red Wings beat the Watertown Rapids 6-5 on Monday, in a 14 inning thriller.

Watertown opened the scoring up in the 2nd when Trevor Fagan hit an RBI double. The scoring would continue for Watertown as Fagan would score on a wild pitch, making it 2-0.

Next inning, Watertown expanded their lead as James Kirk would blast a solo home-run.

The Wings would respond in the bottom half of the third. Harrison Treble got things going with an RBI single. A few batters later, Brock Kaufman also hit an RBI single. Trevor Rogers then hit a two-RBI double to give Geneva a 4-3 lead.

In the 6th inning, James Krick’s sacrifice fly tied the game back up at four.

Watertown retook the lead in the 7th as a single from Fagan made it 5-4.

A big solo home run from Brandon Cooper in the 8th would tie the game back up at five and it would go to extra innings.

In the 14th inning, the game would finally be decided as Trevor Roger’s RBI double gave Geneva the 6-5 win.

Geneva hosts Newark on Wednesday June 26th  for a doubleheader, starting at 5 pm.

Explosive offense leads Red Wings to Win

The Geneva Red Wings took down the Elmira Pioneers 11-4 on Saturday with lots of runs leading the way

It started in the 1st when Kross Grundy hit an RBI single to score Noah Fisher, making it 1-0 Red Wings.

In the 5th Trevor Rogers hit a two-RBI double. Grundy then picked up his second RBI of the game with another single, expanding the lead to 4-0.

Geneva’s starting pitcher Kobie Punchard had a no-hitter through five innings but it was broken up in the 6th when Elmira’s offense came to life.

Jeff Mejia hit an RBI to bring home Andrew Sexton.  A few batters later, Garrett Schultz hit into a double play but was still able to drive home another run.  During the next at-bat, Punchard threw a wild pitch that scored Preston Moore from third, making it a 4-3 game.

Geneva got a run back in the bottom half of the 6th, as Noah Fisher grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Harrison Treble, making it 5-3 Geneva.

In the 7th Mejia came through again for Elmira, as his RBI double made it a one-run game again.

In the bottom half of the inning, Treble’s two-RBI double gave Geneva a 7-4 lead.

The Wings would secure the win in the 8th with a big four-run inning. It started with an RBI double by Brock Kauffman. Trevor Rogers immediately followed that up with a two-RBI double of his own. Leo Wells then hit a sacrifice fly to make 11-4 Geneva.

Geneva’s next game is at home on Monday as they take on the Watertown Rapids.


Geneva Edges Rival Newark 5-4 at Colburn Park

NEWARK — A small chance of rain may have been in Tuesday’s forecast, but thankfully it was nothing but blue skies at Colburn Park for the start of the game between Geneva and Newark, which the Red Wings won 5-4.

“This is a good victory for us,” Geneva coach Dan Shwan said. “They (Newark) swing it real well. To beat them and beat them here, that’s a good win for us.”

Lead off hitter Brainy Rojas caught a break as he popped it up near home plate. Pilots catcher Ty Syta dropped a sure out, followed by a Logan Stirr throwing error allowed Rojas to advance to third. Noah Fisher brought Rojas home on the next at bat with an RBI single.

“I just went up with the same approach,” Rojas said. “I like to look for something that I like to hit and I just went from there.”

Livonia’s Ron Loomis struckout two batters to escape the inning, part of his five inning night.

Counterpart Parker Askegreen struckout three batters to retire the first inning, part of his seven strikeout performance that lasted six innings. Askegreen allowed nine hits and three runs.

It continued to be a pitchers’ duel until the bottom of the third inning when Stirr cracked a two-run RBI single that allowed David Bermudez and Parker Denny to put the home team up by a run.

Geneva would tie the game back up in the top of the fifth as Harrison Treble scored off a Fisher sac-fly.

The visitors then caught another break in the top of the seventh as Daniel Sperling scored on a pass ball. The Red Wings expanded their lead shortly after as Rojas drilled a two run home that hit the scoreboard in left field.

“I was just glad,” Rojas said in reference to his first home run of the season. “It felt great!”

“He did a good job tonight,” Shwam said in reference to Rojas’ play. “The home run was big for us, we needed to get a knock out punch there. We needed to open the gap a little bit.”

Newark inched their way back into the game in the bottom of the seventh as St. John Fisher standout Allen Murphy hit a well placed ball down the third baseline which brought in Kameron Reynolds.

The Pilots had a golden opportunity to score more runs as Stirr was at the plate in a bases loaded situation, however Jacob Land was able to strike him out to on a full count to retire the inning.

Newark made it a one run game in the bottom of the eighth as designated hitter Over Torres cracked an RBI double into deep center field that allowed Syta to score.

Lefty Maxwell Barsamian preserved the win for the Red Wings as he struckout two of the four batters he faced.

With the win, Geneva improves to 8-4 and will return home to McDonough Park Thursday night as they face Adirondack.

Meanwhile, Newark drops to 4-6 and will travel to Elmira to face the Pioneers.

“We just got to come out with the same mindset as we did tonight,” Shwam added. “We just have to play good, consistent baseball. We’ve played inconsistent defensively. If we cut down on our errors and pitched like we did tonight, we’ll be fine.”

Utica’s Offense Carries them to Win Over Geneva

The Utica Blue Sox defeated the Geneva Red Wings 11-5 on Monday behind some heavy offense that started early in the game.

Utica put up five runs in the first inning, beginning with an RBI single by Tyler Simon. A of couple batters later, LJ Bryant’s base hit would make it 2-0.

During the next at-bat, first baseman Trevor Rogers was unable to catch a pickoff throw allowing Luis Deleon to score from third.

Later in the inning, Zach Heming hit a blooper to right field that was misplayed by Kross Grundy and scored two more runs making it 5-0 Utica.

The Red Wings would answer back in the bottom half of the 1st. Trevor Rogers hit a single that would score Trey Younger, as the throw home was high for an error by Simon.

Leo Wells hit a sacrifice fly to score Grundy making it 5-2 Utica.

In the 2nd, the Blue Sox would pick up where they left off.  Tyler Simon hit a sacrifice fly to score Gabe Sherman. Shortly after, Vincenzo Castronovo hit an RBI single.

The Blue Sox’ two-out rally would continue when Castronovo stole second and a wild throw by catcher Seth Hojnacki would allow him to keep running home, giving Utica an 8-2 lead.

In the bottom of the 2nd, Brainy Rojas hit a double scoring Jason Dumont. Later, Kross Grundy hit a two-RBI double cutting the deficit to three, 8-5.

Utica would add some insurance runs in the 7th, starting with a two-RBI double by Bryant. Ben Montenegro then hit a single to score Bryant making it 11-5 Utica.