Amid a flurry of activity in the last full week of April among area high school baseball teams, Marcellus stood out for producing a moment of sheer perfection.More specifically, it was Mustangs pitcher Jared Sammon delivering a perfect game last Wednesday afternoon as his team routed Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 17-0.The game only lasted five innings due to the mercy rule, but Sammon retired all 15 batters he faced, nine of them with strikeouts, and required just 65 pitches overall. Tags: BaseballJ-EMarcellusSolvayWesthill When the first state baseball rankings were released during the April school break, Solvay was positioned at no. 3 in Class B, a byproduct of its fast start and its recent history of success on the diamond.And a big game took place last Tuesday as the Bearcats faced Skaneateles and promptly got a taste of difficult it is for any opponent, no matter how good, to try and hit Lakers pitching ace Cregg Scherrer.In its 10-0 shutout of Solvay, the Lakers saw Scherrer surrender just one hit, to Robby Clark, and five walks, while recording 10 strikeouts in another complete-game gem.Skaneateles got to Bearcats starter McKyle Sands for three runs in the third inning and four runs in the fifth, adding a three-run sixth as Jack Carlisle hit a home run and Jimmy Liberatore doubled twice.Luke Viggiano and Tommy Reed had three hits apiece, Viggiano scoring three times to match Liberatore, with Jack Canty earning three RBIs and Emil Sander joining Carlisle in driving in two runs. Jack Whirtley added an RBI.Before this, Skaneateles lost, 9-6, to Weedsport early in the week, and even after it beat Solvay it could not sustain that momentum, taking a 7-3 defeat to Westhill on Thursday afternoon.A six-run second inning by the Warriors off James Musso made the difference, Nick Bistrovich getting a double and two RBIs in support of pitcher Nate King, who went 5 2/3 innings before Jack Knapp closed it out in relief.Solvay lost, too, in a 3-2 decision to Bishop Grimes where it used RBIs from Blaine Franklin and Owen Lansing to erase an early 2-0 deficit, only to have the Cobras go back in front in the fifth and stay there as Joe Wike pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Matt Tarby. Antonio Gonzalez took the loss.Jordan-Elbridge rolled past Phoenix 12-0 last Tuesday night as ace Zach Fabrize, who already has a no-hitter this season, limited the Firebirds to one hit and one walk, striking out six.Carson Ashby had a memorable day, too, bashing a home run and going three-for-four while recording a career-best eight RBIs. Jordan Osborn drove in a pair of runs as Fabrize and Sean Dristle had one RBI apiece.Before this, Westhill got shut out 8-0 by Christian Brothers Academy last Monday afternoon. The Warriors were held to two hits, each by Walker Blossey, as Brothers pitchers Mike Schaefer and Joey Marsallo combined for nine strikeouts.Turning it around a day later, Westhill beat Cazenovia 5-1, getting single runs in each of the first five innings to support pitcher Philip Zollo, who struck out 10 and held the Lakers to just four hits. Nick Bistrovich had two hits and scored twice.Bishop Ludden lost, 13-2, to Tully last Monday, giving up eight runs in the first inning. Pat McGarvey’s fourth-inning single drove in both of the Gaelic Knights’ runs. Then Ludden took a 7-0 defeat to Port Byron a day later.But as J-E lost, 15-0, to CBA on Thursday, Ludden routed Onondaga 19-0, helped by an eight-run first inning and nine-run fourth inning. McGarvey, Pete Dunham and Zach Cadden had three RBIs apiece, with Tom Westers driving in two runs.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Four different times, Marcellus notched three-plus runs in an inning, capped by a seven-run fourth as Sammon and Brayton Johnson each had three RBIs. Hugh White and Aidan Shea both got two hits as Brody Shanahan drove in a pair of runs.Marcellus was 1-4 going into last Tuesday’s game with Homer, but prevailed 3-1 as White surrendered a first-inning run, but then blanked the Trojans from there, going 5 1/3 innings before Jack Flynn closed it out in relief.The Mustangs got two runs off Homer pitcher Mike Strangeway in the bottom of the first and added an insurance run in the fourth. White finished with two hits and two RBIs as Johnson got the other RBI.
As training camp finished, Christopher Fredrick didn’t like having to look up on the depth chart as a safety-turned-cornerback. He saw four players ahead of him. That’s not exactly the way he wanted to start his redshirt freshman year.“I was kind of struggling, frustrated with that,” Fredrick said.So he went to safety Rodney Williams and cornerback Juwan Dowels for advice. “Don’t focus on it too much,” Fredrick said of what they told him. “Just go to practice every day just working on getting better every day so that when my time does come I’ll be ready.”The time came against then No.17-Virginia Tech on Oct. 15 — Syracuse’s biggest win of the year. A secondary decimated by injuries lost cornerback Cordell Hudson before the game, thrusting Fredrick into his first starting role. Fredrick has now started at corner for SU (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) each of the last three weeks. Hudson came off the injury report last week but didn’t play, leaving Fredrick to start once again in his place.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough he’s had an up and down first year, Fredrick is determined to hold on to the starting role that he got the chance to grab.“It is a great feeling actually working hard and finally getting to display what you’ve been working toward,” Fredrick said. “It’s really satisfying.”His playing time through the first six games consisted mostly of special teams and garbage time work. He recorded one tackle, on a kickoff in the first quarter against Louisville, but that was it.Then the Orange lost Dowels for the season in Week 2 and Hudson, who has yet to return, heading into Week 7. Fredrick leap frogged over Carl Jones, who had been the third option at corner, when Hudson went out.Fredrick packed on the pounds in the last year, bumping up from 173 when he first got to Syracuse to about 194 now. His long arms help in press coverage and knocking down balls and improving his footwork to pick up the slack. He’s spent extra time in the film room, starting with before the VT game, to figure out where he’s supposed to be on plays and what he’s supposed to do.“He’s just been sitting back, staying the course, keep working hard,” Williams said after the win over Virginia Tech. “… Going forward I think he’ll give us a really good chance to win.” There’s been the good: a four-tackle outing against the Hokies that started off with a tackle behind the line on a reverse. Fredrick delivered several big hits, including a key stop on third down. The run defense is where he thinks he’s performed the best.Then there’s the bad: allowing touchdown passes against Virginia Tech and Clemson. VT’s was a 12-yard fade to Isaiah Ford that Fredrick was in position for but didn’t look up when the receiver did. Fredrick went for Ford’s hip instead as the ball floated overtop. At Clemson, Fredrick was the victim of a 65-yard pass down the sideline. The receiver got in his blind spot, he said, and sped by.“Not good at all,” Fredrick said of his game against Clemson.Fredrick insists he took a step back in his performance against Clemson. But he’s trying to make sure he doesn’t slip too far away from where he now is.He’s focused on open field tackling heading into the game against North Carolina State and keeping players out of his blind spot.For the most part, though, he’s happy with where he’s at.“You know where you were at before,” Fredrick said. “Now you’re getting the taste of what you really came here for. You got to keep going. Keep getting better so you won’t be back at that place you were before.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 10, 2016 at 11:47 pm Contact Jon: firstname.lastname@example.org | @jmettus