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By Robert Cornell

Hornell Steamers start the season with a victory

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All-around effort for Hornell in season opening win

From the Hornell Steamers,

The Hornell Steamers put together an all-around effort as they defeated the Horseheads Hitmen 8-3 in the 2023 NYCBL season opener for both teams.

Emmanuel McClain (Hilbert) got the Steamers on the board with a RBI single in the 2nd. They made it 2-0 when Lca Ciaramitaro (Siena) scored on a throwing error.

Horseheads tied it at 2-2 when Riley Lomis hit a two-run homer.

Hornell took the lead for good with a run in the 5th when Eli Brown (Youngstown State) scored on a field error. Jason Story (Utica) scored on a throwing error in the 6th and Ryan Hill (Mercyhurst) followed with a sac fly to make it 5-2.

DJ Stoianovich (Finger Lakes CC) added to the lead with a RBI single in the 7th, Justin Swanson (North Park) hit a RBI double in the 8th, and Ciaramitaro added a RBI groundout to make it 8-2.

The Hitmen loaded the bases in the 9th and were held to just one run on a RBI groundout by Gabe Fellows.

Story was 2 for 4 on the day while Eli Brown was 2 for 5.

Nathan O’Brochta (Fredonia) was outstanding on the mound to earn the victory. He struck out seven and allowed just four hits in six innings of work. Both runs he allowed were unearned.

Tim McClare (Brockport) struck out four in two innings of relief while Matt Wessels (Iona) got the final three outs of the game.

Hornell continues its six game road trip with a 5 p.m. contest vs. Dansville on Tuesday. The team opens up the home portion of the season on Saturday at 7 p.m. vs. the Genesee Rapids.

The NY Landquest team are big fans!!!
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