GENEVA — While the thermometer continued to take an unusual, late-June dip, it did nothing to cool off one of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s hottest teams.
The Geneva Red Wings swept a doubleheader from visiting Onondaga Monday, taking 8-3 and 7-2 decisions from the Flames at McDonough Park — the latter right before thunderstorms arrived.
By improving to 16-6 with their seventh straight victory, the Red Wings trail West Division-leading Jamestown (15-5) by percentage points.
In the opener, the Flames struck first with an unearned run in their first at-bat. It was all Geneva after that.
Trustin Riley (Tampa) keyed a four-run second-inning outburst with a two-run single. Matt Chamberlain (New Haven) singled to score Riley later in the frame, and Justin Barr (Central Alabama CC) capped the outburst with a fielder’s choice grounder that scored Dominic Toso (Bucknell).
Riley opened the fourth with another base hit. Following an error that allowed Toso to reach base, Matt Smith (UC Davis) singled home Riley. Barr notched a run-scoring single later in the frame.
Jake Evans (Southern Alabama CC) drilled a two-run, sixth-inning double to boost the advantage to 8-1.
Alex Bellardini (Youngstown State) tossed a six-hitter for Geneva, upping his record to 4-0. He did not allow an earned run until Kyle Gallagher (Ithaca) whacked a two-run, seventh-inning single.
The Red Wings took charge early in the nightcap, pushing across four first-inning markers. Chamberlain slammed a leadoff triple and scored when Mikey Arman (Kenyon) delivered a single. William Simoneit (Cornell) roped a double to plate Arman. Joseph Tassin (Bossier Parish CC) scored Evans and Simoneit with a double.
Evans’ run-scoring groundout make it 5-0 in the second. Victor High School graduate Will Hampson (Southwest Tennessee CC) closed the scoring for the Red Wings in the fifth with a two-run homer to straightaway center field.
Four Red Wings pitchers held the Flames offense in check. Geneva High School graduate Pat Conner (Monroe CC) retired the side in order in the sixth.
The Red Wings return to the diamond tonight with a game at Colburn Park against the Newark Pilots.