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Spartans Complete Sweep of Twins

Mike Norton (right) hit a grand slam in a 10-run first inning Tuesday against Columbia-Greene CC.
Mike Norton (right) hit a grand slam in a 10-run first inning Tuesday against Columbia-Greene CC.

Cayuga Community College Baseball finished a season sweep of Columbia-Greene Community College on Tuesday with a dominant showing at the plate.

The Spartans held off a late Twins' comeback in the opener for a 10-6 win, then scored 10 first-inning runs in a 20-1 win in the second game. Cayuga is now 15-3 on the season and 11-1 in Region III.

The Spartans scored six runs in the first three innings of the opener, with Mike Norton's single driving in Phil Messina in the first inning and Alex Gaudet driving in Luke Ough in the second. Ough and Juan Perez drove-in runs in the third, and Brandon Hoftijzer's two-RBI single made it 9-1 in the sixth before the Twins pulled closer in the final innings.

Connor McMahon earned the win, allowing one earned run in five innings and striking out five. Norton, Messina and Tyler Korsky each had two hits, Ough scored three times and Messina and Gaudet scored twice apiece.

In the second game Cayuga scored 10 runs in the first inning to take control, including four on Norton's grand slam. The Spartans didn't let up after the first inning, using a patient approach to draw 14 walks in the game and pushing across two runs in the second inning and five more in the third. On the mound Cayuga's pitchers held the Twins to only three hits while striking out seven.

Eleven Spartans scored in the game, with Korsky, Gaudet and Ough scoring three runs each. Norton scored twice and had four RBI, and Perry Chetney and Roy Glaum each had three RBI.

Cayuga is back at Falcon Park on Saturday, April 8, for a doubleheader against SUNY Adirondack. First pitch is scheduled for noon.