OSWEGO, NY – The local sports season is in full swing as the baseball, girls’ track and both varsity lacrosse teams were in action on Thursday.
Baseball Storms Out of Box
It was “Matt and the Bats” appearing at Leighton Field diamond as the Buc varsity baseball kicked off the 2011 season.
With Matt Pirro surrendering two first inning hits and fanning 11, Oswego’s bats came alive for 14 hits against an assortment of Fulton pitchers in a 13-2 victory.
Oswego trailed 2-0 after the top of the first inning, but the lead was trimmed in half by a Rich Carpentier homer in the bottom of the first.
The Bucs then exploded for an eight-run third as Darren Bezio doubled and Corey Galletta and Rich Carpentier walked to load the bases.
Autie Ascenzi was then hit in the shoulder by a pitch to tie the game.
Pirro then hit a deep double and Ryan Lavner slugged a two-run single to center field. The rally remained alive after a catcher interference call and Corey Galletta had a single while Carpentier finished it up with a hit for a 9-2 Buc lead.
Senior Pirro started his first game as a Buc and Fulton jumped on him in the first inning for two hits, but that was the final time that the Raiders would get a hit.
At the plate the Bucs were solidly hitting the ball with seven extra base hits as Carpentier had three RBIs along with frosh Ryan Lavner. Chris Pike also had a double and two singles on the day.
Colin Burns also had a double as did Bezio and Pirro helped himself with two doubles and an equal number of RBIs.
Ford Fast for Lady Bucs
The Oswego girls’ track team, opened the 2011 dual meet season Thursday, losing to a strong Central Square team by the score of 101-40.
Junior standout Whitney Ford turned a triple winning performance for the Lady Bucs, winning the 100 meter dash (13.6), the 400 meter dash (67.6), and the long jump. She also finished second in the 200 meter dash, with an outstanding time of 28.6.
Other second place finishes for Oswego were turned in by Ariel Bouffard in the 400 meter hurdles and Becky Fidler in the high jump.
Earning third place finishes for the Lady Bucs were Leah Weiss in the 800 and 1500 meter runs, Katrina Tafler in the triple jump, and Deondra Smith in the high jump.
Oswego will return to action on Wednesday, hosting the Lady Knights of Rome Free Academy, in a 5 p.m. contest at the Oswego Middle School.
Lady Bucs Give FM Battle
In lacrosse action the Oswego girls’ varsity lost a hard fought 15-9 game to Fayetteville-Manlius.
The game was knotted at 4-4 at halftime, but in the second half FM outscored the Bucs 11-5.
For Oswego Taylor Giglio had four goal and Becca Martin added three while Mikayla Place and Kelsey Ross each had one.
Lacey Brown and Place had two assists while Sam McCarrick had one.
In net, Hayley Lukaczyk had five saves against the 2-1 Hornets.
Steph Rurkowski had 11 saves for FM.
Buc Lax Blanked by Hornets
Meanwhile in boys’ varsity lacrosse action the Bucs lost to 4-0 Fayetteville-Manlius 10-0 at Wilber Field.
FM scored four in each of the first two quarters and evenly split the final two goals in the third and fourth.
Oswego goalkeeper Trent Yule finished with 21 saves while at the other end of the field Stefan Basile and Matt Wells combined for six and four saves, respectively.