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  • Greece Athena powers past Irondequoit with eight-run fourth

  • Greece Athena used an eight-run fourth inning to pull away from Irondequoit en route to a 16-3 victory Monday.


     


    Dan Curtis struck out seven Irondequoit batters in five innings and went 3 for 4 at the plate with three runs and three RBI to lead the Trojans, who ripped off 13 hits.

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  • Greece Athena used an eight-run fourth inning to pull away from Irondequoit en route to a 16-3 victory Monday.
    Dan Curtis struck out seven Irondequoit batters in five innings and went 3 for 4 at the plate with three runs and three RBI to lead the Trojans, who ripped off 13 hits.
    Athena took a 5-0 lead through an inning-and-a-half before Irondequoit rallied with three runs in the bottom of the second.
    “High school baseball starts with pitching,” Athena coach Jason Bunting said. “If you can pitch well, then you can stay in the ballgame and your hitters can relax and it allows you to do some more things.”
    Irondequoit starting pitcher Luke Shadler walked two batters and gave up just one hit in the first inning, but two infield errors helped Athena take an early 3-0 lead. Curtis threw two strikeouts in the bottom of the first.
    Athena’s Ryan Prevost smacked an RBI triple to deep center field before scoring his second run of the game in the top of the second.
    Danny Doran got the Eagles on the board with a two-run double in the bottom of the second, before Antonio Morales singled him in to make the cut Athena’s lead to 5-3 through two innings.
    After a scoreless third, the Trojans blasted off in the fourth, as Mike DiStefano drove in Curtis and Frank Carnevale with a two-run double.
    Shadler left the game with no outs in the fourth and Athena leading 7-3. Prevost and Curtis drove in two runs each on singles later in the inning, as the Trojans led 13-3 through four.
    Curtis held Irondequoit scoreless his last three innings before giving way to Joey Alfieri, who struck out four of the seven batters he faced in the final two innings.
    DiStefano went 3 for 4 with a run scored and four RBI for the Trojans. Prevost finished with three RBI and scored four runs. Carnevale also scored four runs.
    Johnny Ricotta went 1 for 5 for Athena, but hit three sacrifice flies that each scored a run.
    Shadler went 2 for 2 at the plate with a walk and a run scored for the Eagles (0-1), who face Spencerport Wednesday. Shadler struck out four and gave up seven runs on six hits and four walks on the mound, but four errors by Irondequoit fielders hurt his cause.
    “(Shadler) did a really nice job,” Bunting said. “To our credit, we kind of waited it out and were patient and we hit the ball a little bit. His defense could have bailed him out a little bit, but he hung in there.”
    Athena (3-1) now has 40 runs in its last two games, after beating Greece Olympia 24-2 Friday. The Trojans host Aquinas in their home opener Wednesday.
    Page 2 of 2 - Bunting said having that confidence at the plate has been and will be the key for his team as the season continues.
    “These guys know they can hit, and it does nothing but help you when you step up to the plate knowing we’re going to score some runs and you don’t have to be the guy that’s doing it all,” he said. “You know that you’ve got other teammates in the lineup that are going to hit the ball.”
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