GREENPORT -- The Hudson River Collegiate Baseball League had the second and third place teams going toe to toe on Tuesday at Greenport Park. The Bucks challenged the second place Storm looking to gain ground in the standings.
The Storm got the job done with a 6-2 victory over the Bucks.
Storm Manager Ed DuPont gave the ball to Aidan Jackson, who now attends Hudson Valley Community College. Jackson pitched seven complete innings, striking out two Bucks, walking four and only giving up three hits with one unearned run.
Danny Miller, who has committed to Columbia-Greene Community College, entered but only pitched to two batters in the eighth inning, walking both. DuPont called the bullpen to get Union College lefty and the Storm’s very reliable closer Adam Hall.
“I told Adam to attack the hitters,” DuPont said.
Hall pitched two innings, getting three strikeouts with one walk, one hit allowed and most importantly did not give up a run.
Bucks Manager Dave Bestle started Ethan Caiazza, who pitched seven complete innings. Caiazza struck out five, walked four and gave up eleven hits and five runs, four of which were earned. Chris Kordziel from HVCC pitched one inning, getting one strikeout and walking one while allowing one hit and one unearned run.
The Storm’s offense was alive and well, getting 12 hits. SUNY Cortland’s Joe Dwy went 3 for 4 with a single, a double, a triple and two RBI. Fairfield University’s Matt Ferriero went 3 for 3 with three singles and a walk, South Carolina Charleston-bound Kyle Caccamise went 2 for 2 with two singles, St John Fisher College's Kurt Forsell went 1 for 3 with a double and two walks, Nyack College's Chris Colotti was 1 for 4 with a single and an RBI, Jeremiah Ernst went 1 for 3 with a single and Vassar Colleges Christian Baaki was 1 for 5 with a single.
It was a quiet night for the Bucks as they managed just four hits. Ethan Lounsbury from Salve Regina University’s and JL Cianciolo from New Haven University both went 1 for 4 with a single. Chris Kordziel was 1 for 2 with a double and two walks and Dan Bullock went 1 for 1 with a single.
Play resumes on Wednesday as the Knights and Bears go head to head at 5:30 p.m. at Greenport Park. The Storm are one game behind the Rattlers in the standings. The Storm and Rattlers play their final head-to-head match on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Greenport Park in a game that could decide who wins the division.