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Geneva Bats Stay Hot, Wings Force Game Three

 

The Geneva Red Wings used a pair of home runs along with a solid start from pitcher Steve Branche (RIT) to take game #2 of this best of three series 4-2. The Wings were led by Left Fielder Langston Livingston (St. Joseph’s (Pa.) who had two hits, including a home run, and two RBI’s.

Geneva would continue their hot hitting streak in the bottom of the first inning when third baseman Justin Barr (Central Alabama C.C.) hit a solo homerun over the left field fence giving the Wings a 1-0 lead.

The Jammers would score two runs to take the lead in the top of the fourth inning on a two out, bases loaded single by right fielder Dailin Lee. Shortstop Alex O’Donnell and first baseman Brandon Nania would score on the play before catcher Ben Livorsi was tagged out at third base to end the inning.

The Wings would take the lead back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth inning. Left fielder Langston Livingston hit a two run shot over the right field fence to give Geneva back the lead at 3-2.

Jamestown starting pitcher Christian Young went six innings, giving up three runs on 5 hits, 8 total strikeouts, and a 3-2 deficit for the Jammers.

Geneva pushed their lead to 4-2 in the top of the seventh inning when second baseman Jesse Hall (LB Wallace College) scored on an error by the center fielder.

Red Wing’s starting pitcher Steve Branche would exit the game in the eighth inning, allowing just two runs on 1 hit and 10 total strikeouts. Right-handed closer Joey Haas (U of Delaware ) entered the game in the top of the eighth inning.

Haas would go on to pitch two scoreless innings on the way to his fifth save of the season, forcing a game three winner take all game that will take place Saturday August 4th. This game will be held at Colburn Park in Newark, as Jamestown’s field is busy at this time. First pitch is 7:05.

Red Wings Stay Red Hot in One Game Playoff

 

Red Wings stay red hot in one game playoff

By MATTHEW MECKLEY

mmeckley@fltimes.com

GENEVA- After a two hour rain delay, the Geneva Red Wings were able to play their one game playoff versus division foe Elmira on Wednesday night.  Luckily the rain held off for the remainder off the night as the Red Wings won 7-5 to advance in the playoffs.

It looked as if Geneva’s season was in jeopardy just two pitches in the game. Elmira’s Jordan Westburg hit a home run deep into center field to give the Pioneers an early 1-0 advantage.

“Just keep fighting,” Red Wings coach Dave Shwam told his players. “We got nine innings to play. I knew something like that could happen because of the long delay. We weren’t sure if we were playing or not playing.”

Geneva responded perfectly in the bottom of the second. Outfielder Jack Harris crushed a solo shot home run in center field. Shortly after catcher Zac Miller hit another solo home run that went deep into left field to give the home team a 2-1 edge.  Harris put on a performance finishing 4-for-4, adding a three shot home run in the seventh, as well as two doubles and five RBI’s.

“He had a great night, without him I don’t think we win this ball game. He single-handedly put us on his shoulders.” Shwam said.

“At the plate I was just trying to be aggressive and get pitches to hit,” Harris said. “I was seeing the ball pretty well, and that did well for me tonight.”

The Pioneers got back into the game in the eighth as Robert Parteet chipped in with a 2 RBI single to make the score 7-4. Colin Davis added an RBI single in the top of the ninth to creep closer. However, Red Wings closer Joey Haas was able to strike-out two batters to seal his fourth save of the season.

Geneva will travel to Jamestown tonight for a best of three playoff match-up. The Jammers hold the best record in the PGCBL at 31-14. After beating them 16-3 on Tuesday night at McDonough Park; the Red Wings feel confident heading into the contest.

“Hopefully our line-up keeps rolling, because it wasn’t a single guy effort tonight. The way we’ve been swinging the bat; who knows what could happen, it could go either way.” Harris added.

“We just have to keep up this same energy,” Shwam added. “It’s tough this time of year to keep that energy up like that; especially going on the road. We haven’t had a lot of success there. They (Jamestown) play much better there then they do on the road. We’re kind of the same way; we play better here than we do on the road. We just got to keep the energy up. It’s tough this time of year; the kid’s minds are in two different places. One’s at home and one’s here; and it’s just tough. We got to come out and score early there; you have to score early on them. If they get you down; they’re going to keep you down.”

Wings Pummel Jammers in Final Regular Season Meeting

 

The Red Wings bats were red-hot tonight as Geneva lays down an easy 16-3 win over a league-leading visiting Jamestown Jammers team. Geneva took an early advantage over Jamestown’s slow offensive night, putting up 1 run in the second, 2 runs in the third, 5 runs in the fourth, 2 runs in the fifth, and 6 runs in the sixth inning.

Wings Starting pitcher #23 Jared Sasaki (UC Davis) pitched 5 full innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 2 strikeouts to take the win on the mound for Geneva. Followings Sasaki’s performance on the mound was #15 Steve Larson (Iowa Wesleyan) who pitched 2 full innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits with 2 strikeouts. #30 Brett Sanford (Hamilton College) came into the game in the eighth inning to close.

Jamestown played a whopping seven pitchers in this final regular-season meeting; in order, they were #14 Zach Sanders (Tusculum), #31 Jack Rose (Hartford), #29 Johnny Leone (Nova Southeastern), #21 Cameron Schmidt (Nova Southeastern), #8 Preston Yerrington (St. Anslem), #1 Alex O’Donnell (Mercyhurst) and #9 Trevor Lloyd (Tusculum).

Key Players for Geneva in this big win were #26 Langston Livingston (St. Josephs) who had 2 hits and 4 RBI’s, and #8 Sam Fuller (St. Bonaventure) who had 2 hits, a home run (1 RBI), and scored for the Wings 4 times.

While the 2018 regular season for Geneva has come to an end, playoff time is just beginning as the Red Wings will play home tomorrow, August 1st at 7:05pm in a 1-game playoff against the Elmira Pioneers. Geneva ends the regular season with a record of 23-24, and Jamestown moves to 31-14.

Sunday 7/29 Doubleheader Game added in Newark

Mother Nature has made us alter our end of the season schedule and because of that we have added a doubleheader for July 29th against the Newark Pilots. Both games will be played at Colburn Park in Newark so come take the short drive over to Newark and support your Geneva Red Wings! First game is at 5pm with the second game to follow.

Wings Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with 4-3 Victory over Rival Pilots

 

The Red Wings used RBI’s from Langston Livingston (St. Joseph’s (Pa.)) and Jesse Hall (LB Wallace College) and a strong outing from starting pitcher Jameson Moran (RIT) to take a 4-3 victory over the visiting Newark Pilots on Sunday afternoon. Tanner Murray (UC Davis) led Geneva with two hits and a run scored and closer Joey Haas (U of Delaware) got the save as the Wings pushed their record to 19-21 and keeping pace in the playoff hunt.

The Wings took the lead early in the bottom of the first inning when shortstop Tanner Murray hit an RBI single scoring second baseman Jesse Hall.  Murray’s 18th hit and 10th RBI of the season gave the Red Wings the 1-0 lead going into the second inning.

The Pilots would answer back with a run of their own in the top of the fourth inning when Center Fielder Parker Tadlock hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly to score shortstop Nick Kent, tying the game 1-1.

Geneva would take the lead right back in the bottom of the fourth inning when right fielder Trustin Riley (Tampa U) hit a two out RBI single to score left fielder Langston Livingston, giving the Wings a 2-1 lead.

The Wings would add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth when Murray scored from first base off a single center fielder Jack Harris (San Francisco State) and an error from the Pilot’s left fielder. Geneva starting pitcher would go five innings allowing one run on five hits with two strikeouts.

In the top of the seventh inning Newark was able to tie the game up at 3 when third baseman Matt Cerfolio hit a two run home right to right field on the seventh pitch of the at bat.

The Wings would once again take the lead back in the bottom of the inning when Harris hit a sacrifice fly to left center field, scoring Hall and moving the score to 4-3. Reliever Chase Gearing (Saginaw Valley State) would replace Brett Super (Pomona Pitzer College) in the top of the eighth inning, Super went two innings allowing two runs on two hits and two strikeouts.

Newark starting pitcher Ryan Winn went seven innings allowing four runs on six hits and four strikeouts. Gearing would go on to pitch one inning for the Red Wings allowing no runs on one hit.

Red Wings closer Joey Haas would shut out the side in the top of the ninth inning for his third save of the season, giving the Wings the 4-3 win.

With the win, the Red Wings move to 19-21 on the season while Newark falls to 13-23. Geneva will be back in action at McDonough Park on Tuesday July 24th when they take on the Glens Falls Dragons, first pitch at 7:05.

 

7th Heaven: Wings Use Late Push to Down Trailblazers

Fans piled into McDonough Park this evening as Ontario County Judge candidate Kitty Karle and new Geneva Police Chief Michael Passalaqua were introduced, and threw out a pair of first pitches prior to the Wings 11-5 win over the Adirondack Trailblazers.

The Red Wings started out hot, scoring 2 runs in the first 2 innings; but their fire was quickly tamed by the Trailblazers who scored 1 run in the second inning, 2 runs in the fifth inning and 1 run in the sixth bringing the score to 4-2, with the trailblazers on top.

Geneva came blazing back in the seventh inning though, scoring a whopping 8 runs to take the lead and re-establish not just momentum, but confidence as well. The Red Wings scored one final run in the eighth inning. The Trailblazers also tacked on one final run in the eighth inning to round out the scoring.

Wings starting pitcher #19 Sean Lubreski (NJIT) went 6 full innings with 2 strikeouts and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits. Following Lubreski’s performance on the mound was winning pitcher #15 Steve Larson (Iowa Wesleyan), who went 2 innings with 3 strikeouts and allowed 1 run on 2 hits. Losing pitcher for the Trailblazers was #18 Mike Sansone (Fairfield) who went 7 and 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits with 7 strikeouts.

Star players for the Red Wings were #31 Nick LaBrasca (Youngstown State) who had 2 hits, and 4 RBI’s including a 2-run triple and a home run, #13 Austin Jackson (Menodocino CC) who had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s, and #20 Jack Harris (San Francisco State) who had 2 hits and a home run.

Geneva plays home again Sunday, July 22nd against the Newark Pilots at 4:05pm.

WINGS PITCHING “LIGHTS OUT” IN SUSPENDED GAME

The Red Wings used a four hit night from PGCBL 2018 all-star Nick LaBrasca (Youngstown State) and a strong outing from starting pitcher Hayden Seig (St. Joseph’s) to take a commanding 8-1 lead in the first seven and a half innings of this suspended game on Monday night.

Geneva would jump out to an early three-run lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, right fielder Jared  (Delaware St) hit an RBI double to right field scoring left fielder Brian Knapp (Pomona College). Wing’s center fielder Jack Harris (San Francisco State) would follow up with a two RBI single right up the middle of the field scoring both LaBrasca and Gillis.

Geneva starting pitcher Hayden Seig would pitch himself out of trouble in the top of the second inning. After issuing two straight walks in the frame, Seig would retire the next three consecutive batters to keep the Wing’s three run lead intact.

The Wings extend their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when shortstop Jack Harris hit a leadoff homerun to left center, giving the Wings a 4-0 lead.  Third baseman Justin Barr (Central Alabama C.C) hit a sac-fly to right field, scoring LaBrasca and moving the lead to 5-0. The Wings would then capitalize on a pioneers error as Gillis scored. Catcher Blaine McRay (McMurray University) then hit an RBI single to score Harris, giving the Wings a seven run lead.

Elmira would cut into the lead when center fielder Anthony Nucerino capitalized on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 7-1. Wings pitcher Hayden Seig would go on to get three groundball outs to retire the side. This would be Seig’s last inning of work, going seven innings and allowing one run on one hit with four total strikeouts.

The Wings would quickly get their seven run lead back in the bottom of the seventh inning when Knapp grounded into a double play, scoring Barr and moving the score to 8-1.

With the Wings coming up to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning, the left field stadium lights went out and were unable to be turned back on. The remainder of this game had to be rescheduled to when the next time these two teams meet.

Next up for both teams, the PGCBL all-star game will be held on Wednesday 7/18 at Elmira where Red Wings players Nick LaBrasca, Zac Miller, Sean Lubreski, and Jack Collins will compete. Geneva will be back home at McDonough Park on Saturday 7/21 on Geneva Police Night when they play host to the Adirondack Trailblazers, first pitch is at 7:05 with fireworks to follow the game.