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By Douglas Sciorra

Bats lift Hornell Steamers over Hitmen

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“Revenge is a dish best served cold”

The Hornell Steamers collected 16 runs on 17 hits as they defeated the Horseheads Hitmen 16-7 on Friday evening.

Horseheads scored three in the 1st and threatened for more in the 2nd when Trey Slawson (Keuka) came out of the pen and got the Steamers out of the jam.

Tyler Curtis (Fredonia) got Hornell on the board with a RBI single in the 4th. In the 5th, Luca Ciaramitaro (Siena) scored after Ryan Hill’s (Mercyhurst) sac bunt was thrown down the first base line. Jason Story (Utica) tied it one batter later when he hit a sac fly.

The Hitmen took back the lead with a run of their own in the bottom of the 5th but Hornell responded by scoring the next twelve runs. Matt Wessels (Iona) hit a three run homer in the 6th. In the 7th, Justin Swanson (North Park), Curtis, and Ciaramitaro collected RBI singles to increase the lead to 9-4.

Swanson added to the lead in the 8th when he lifted a three run homer to center. Story hit a sac fly in the 9th and Wessels scored on a throwing error before Tim Burns crushed a two-run homer to left to cap Hornell’s scoring for the evening.

Horseheads hit their second homer of the game in the 9th but could never get any closer.

Wessels finished 3 for 4 with 3 RBI while Story was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI. Robert Chesney (Central Connecticut) also collected three hits in five at bats. Swanson led the team with 4 RBI.

Slawson allowed just one run in 4.1 innings of work to earn the win out of the pen. He allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out three. Tim McClare (Fredonia) tossed 1.2 innings with four strikeouts.

Hornell has Saturday off before heading to Olean on Sunday for a 1 p.m. contest with the Oilers.

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