Niagara Gazette — But the Wolverines (2-2 NFL) were not as sharp in the field. That, along with timely hits, directly led to several Vikings’ runs.
“They got a few runs on a couple errors that really cost us and kind of put the game out of reach," Contento said. "When you have two No. 1’s like that going after each other and you have a little trouble, that’s usually how the game goes”
With two outs in the third, Grand Island (4-3, 3-1) broke the game open with its bottom half of the order. Catcher Chris Foote walked to start the rally and Lawley, the sixth batter, drove him in with a double deep to the gap in left-center.
The inning seemed to be coming to an end when third baseman Josh Ungaro hit a towering pop-up just in front of the mound. The whole infield converged on the ball, which dropped safely on the grass. With no one covering home, Lawley scored from second.
Designated hitter John Holody then roped an RBI double down the right field line to cap off the three-run third and put the game out of reach at 5-0.
Ungaro finished with game-highs in RBIs (two) and hits (3 for 3), while Lawley also didn’t record an out, going 2 for 2 with a walk. Leadoff hitter Nick Soos also registered a pair of hits, and Santorio was pleased with the balanced offense.
“I give credit to the top and bottom of our order, all the way through the lineup somebody came up with a big hit,” Santorio said.
It didn’t seem to matter to Contento that Grand Island’s team now looks much different than the state runner-up squad from 2012.
“Grand Island always reloads, they’re always good every year, so we knew it was going to be a tough game,” Contento said.