ROTTERDAM — The pitching was solid, but Mohonasen’s baseball team needed someone to kick-start its offense — and sophomore catcher AJ Fasolino stepped up to do just that.
Fasolino doubled home two runs in the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie, and Mohonasen tacked on a few more in beating Schalmont 7-2 in a Colonial Council baseball game Thursday.
“This is a game you look forward to every year, in every sport,” Fasolino said of the matchup between Rotterdam rivals. “It’s a game you want to win.”
Mohonasen starter, and winner, John Stoliker struck out seven in his four shutout innings on the mound and gave up one of the three hits Schalmont collected.
“Every win we get is a team win,” Mohonasen coach Kevin Sheremeta said after his Mighty Warriors improved to 8-2 in league play.
This one was a group effort, but it was Fasolino who turned the offensive key with his double after Kam Canavally drew a one-out walk and Marvin Hill was struck by a pitch.
“It gave us energy,” Fasolino said. “To finally score got us thinking, ‘We’re going to win this game.’”
Fasolino hit his second double and knocked in another run in a four-run sixth that included two errors by the Sabres and a costly passed ball. In the inning before, Fasolino picked a runner off first base.
“Huge hit,” Sheremeta said of Fasolino’s line double to center field that put Mohonasen on top. “That got us going a little bit.”
Michael Jergulon had two hits for Mohonasen and, like Canavally, scored two runs. Alex Gannon gave up a hit and fanned three in 2 1-3 innings, and Canavally got the last two outs while also walking two batters with the bases full to give Schalmont its runs.
Andrew Van Dyk had the only extra base hit for the Sabres with a double.
“I liked a lot of things about this game,” Sheremeta said. “Our pitching was good. Our defense was good. We made one error. We executed the little things right.”
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