Niagara Gazette

April 14, 2014

Ken-East baseball 1-1 so far in Myrtle Beach

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — staff reports

While inclement weather wiped out all local action Tuesday, the Kenmore East baseball team has been enjoying much more favorable conditions in Myrtle Beach, S.C., during its spring training trip.

The Bulldogs opened their trip Monday with a contest in the Mingo Bay Tournament, which resulted in a wild and improbable win against Jamestown.

They were down, 5-0, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh only to roar back and steal a 6-5 victory.

“We were just trying to get something going, just get a couple baserunners,” Ken East coach Leslie Simon said. “But then once it’s 5-2, 5-3, you think you had a chance.”

Richie Brinkman hit a key two-run double to close the gap to a run. Ryan Williams had two hits, including one in the seventh, while Luke Simmons crossed for the winning run.

Cullen Smyth, a JV call-up, picked up the win on the mound.

Through it all, the Bulldogs channeled one of baseball’s oldest superstitions.

“We went to the rally caps,” Simon said. “That game will go down in Ken East baseball lore as the ‘Rally Cap Game.’”

Ken East followed the big comeback win with a 4-2 loss to East Corning Tuesday.

Preston Smith’s two-run dinger in the seventh was the Bulldogs’ lone hit. The Bulldogs (1-2) are back in tournament action today against Capital West Virginia at 3:30 p.m.

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What was already a light local high school sports schedule on Tuesday was postponed due to cold, wet weather.

Two baseball games — Sweet Home at Grand Island and Niagara-Wheatfield at Starpoint — along with a scheduled Niagara-Wheatfield lacrosse game at Nichols will all be rescheduled. 

New dates for Tuesday’s games were not yet firmed up at press time.