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Brockport shuts out Spencerport

By: Liam Hoffmann

SPENCERPORT, NY-- The Brockport Blue Devils won their third straight game Monday evening on the road against the Spencerport Rangers 13-0. Sophomore starting pitcher Carter Dunn, the lone underclassman on Brockport's roster, pitched a complete game shutout. He added a triad of walks at the plate and was responsible for one of the runs in a first inning where the Blue Devils went through their whole lineup and set themselves up with an early 4-0 advantage.

"I wanted to take him out and save some pitches and he was like 'nah coach, I want to go the distance,'" Brockport head coach Joe Innes said. "He's a gamer and he loves to compete."

"I was feeling pretty good," Dunn said. "Fastball was working, slider was feeling good. I was able to keep guys off balance keeping a good mix."

The Blue Devils taking the field on May 6 2024. Photo Credit: Liam Hoffmann / 89.1 the Point

Brockport only saw extra-base hits from seniors Ryan Maxwell and Nathan Parker plus junior Andrew Lennartz who each had a double. As a team, the Blue Devils walked seven times with senior Gregory Rightmyer and junior Myles Sherman adding two a piece. Maxwell and junior Brayden Scaccia were tied for the team lead in base hits with three each. Talan Illardo, who pinch-ran for Dunn throughout the day, Parker as well as junior leadoff man Daniel Dailey each stole a base.

Nico Freville pitching on May 6 2024. Photo Credit: Liam Hoffmann / 89.1 the Point

As for the Rangers, senior Nico Freville got the start on the mound and pitched three innings allowing eight runs, walking three batters and striking out four. Seniors Kyle Milburn and Josh Winter each got on base. Senior Ashton Kwoka relieved Freville in the top of the fourth and surrendered five runs while adding three strikeouts and walking four Blue Devils.

The first three hitters of the day in Dailey, Sherman, and Scaccia singled beginning the onslaught Spencerport experienced. Rightmyer in the four-hole was the first of three Blue Devils to go down on strikes in the first. In all, the top of the first saw five singles and three walks amounting to runs for Dailey, Sherman, Scaccia and Maxwell. Every single dribbled through holes in the infield, none with any height.

"The big thing we preach is put the ball in play and good things happen," Innes said. "We try to go up there and be aggressive, first-pitch fastball and we're looking to jump on it. I thought we did a pretty good job of that."

Once Spencerport was up to bat, Milburn singled on Dunn's first pitch of the evening. He also stole second but it was for not as no other Rangers reached base for the first three innings. Junior Zachary Lamberton pushed the ball out of the infield for the first time all day, but it was easily caught by Dailey in centerfield for the third out.

Dunn was asked how his team producing offensively affects his ability to be effective pitching.

"They make it so easy for me when I can go out there, and be more relaxed and not be so worried about the one base runner," Dunn said. "You can let a walk up and you're not feeling as flustered because even if that guy scores, you know they got your back."

Sherman began the second inning with a walk and Scaccia followed it with his second single on the day. Rightmyer then reached base via a dropped line drive toward Spencerport senior third basemen Frank Grad. With the bases loaded, Maxwell delivered his double driving in two runners and extending the lead to 6-0. Dunn singled and loaded the bases then Parker hit a ground ball to first for a forceout but it allowed Rightmyer to reach home and tack on one more, the last of the inning. In the bottom of the second, two difficult throws made by Maxwell from third base held off the Rangers and kept the shutout alive.

In the top of the third, Dailey collected a second single before stealing second. With the runner on second, Scaccia got his third straight single to start the game and also scored Dailey for an 8-0 Brockport lead with three innings away.

"I'm back in the one-hole and feeling great," Dailey said. "I was struggling at the plate but to get on in the first inning right away sets the tone. To score twice, it's big, get out in front early."

Daniel Dailey with a lead off of first base on May 6 2024. Photo Credit: Liam Hoffmann / 89.1 the Point

Kwoka took over in the top of the fourth and downed the first two Brockport hitters. He then walked Dunn which put Ilardo on base where Parker's single advanced Ilardo to second. Both runners stole to set up Lennartz with two outs and two runners in scoring position. He capitalized, picking up two RBIs with his ensuing double and also putting his team ahead 10-0.

Andrew Lennartz getting ready to hit on May 6 2024. Photo Credit: Liam Hoffmann / 89.1 the Point

When it looked all but over, the Blue Devils tallied three more runs in the top of the fifth. Rightmyer and Jack Williams (who was pinch-running for Sherman) both scored when Dunn flied out to rightfield and senior Ranger Lorenzo Tantalo missed on his throw to home pulling catcher Bailey Zambuto far off the plate and leaving it susceptible to the two runners. Maxwell also scored in the fifth via an RBI double from Parker. The 13-0 score would hold and Brockport finished a dominant victory.

Carter Dunn striking out Josh Winter to end the fourth inning. Video Credit: Liam Hoffmann / 89.1 the Point

"I've been having a little bit of a rough go at it, and it's a nice one to get back on track in a big divisional game," Dunn said. "We're getting hot at the right time."

The Blue Devils improve to 7-8 after starting the season 1-5 and being 4-8 one week ago. Spencerport drops to .500 with the loss, their record is now 8-8. Brockport will see the same Rangers tomorrow but on their home field. First pitch in that game is set for 5 p.m.

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