Spartans Split Doubleheader Against Twins

Cayuga's Hazel Martinez slides in safe after a wild pitch in the Spartans 12-2 win Sunday over Columbia Greene. Martinez smashed a three-run homer in the game and finished the doubleheader a combined 4-for-6 with seven runs batted-in.
Cayuga's Hazel Martinez slides in safe after a wild pitch in the Spartans 12-2 win Sunday over Columbia Greene. Martinez smashed a three-run homer in the game and finished the doubleheader a combined 4-for-6 with seven runs batted-in.

After letting the first game get away, the Cayuga Community College Baseball Team didn't take any chances in the second half of Sunday's home doubleheader against Columbia Greene Community College.

The Spartans smashed more than 10 hits in the first three innings, highlighted by Hazel Martinez's three-run homer to right, to take an 11-1 lead en route to a 12-2 win. In the first game, the Spartans lost an early 4-0 lead and fell 9-7.

"There's some fundamental plays we didn't make in that first game, but one of the great things about baseball is there's always another game, and we took advantage of that in the second game," said Cayuga Coach TJ Gamba. "We've got some things to work on, specifically our mental approach to the game. I think we're capable of playing much better."

Cayuga started fast in the first game, with Martinez's sacrifice fly scoring Zac Legarretta in the bottom of the first. The Spartans' lead grew to 4-0 in the third when sophomore Matt Spicer doubled home three runs with two outs.

The lead evaporated in the top of the fourth inning, as Cayuga fielding miscues helped the Twins push eight runs across the plate. The Spartans scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to pull closer, but couldn't catch the Twins, losing 9-7. 

In the first game for Cayuga, Legarretta went two-for-three with two runs scored, Martinez finished one-for-two with a run scored and two runs batted-in, and Spicer finished two-for-three with a run scored and three runs batted-in.

The second game was all Spartans. Cayuga escaped from a first inning jam after allowing just one run, and the Spartans pushed 11 runs across over the next three innings. 

Spicer and Martinez again led Cayuga's offense, with Spicer going two-for-three with three runs batted-in, and Martinez going three-for-four with a home run and five runs batted-in.

The Spartans will be back at Falcon Park on Wednesday, March 11, for a doubleheader against Corning Community College. Game times are 2 and 4:30 p.m.