July 20, 2021
HORNELL, NY – The Hornell Dodgers scored seven runs in the 2nd as they defeated the Genesee Rapids 8-6 to extend their winning streak to seven games. The Dodgers are now 24-9-1 on the year. Tucker Panarisi gave Genesee the lead with a bases loaded RBI single in the 2nd. Hornell responded with a big bottom half of the inning. Chris Penna (Rhodes) led off with a single and Matteo Avallone (Alfred State) reached on an error. Jordyn Smith (Grambling) tied it with a RBI single to left. Jack McDonald (Wilmington) singled to load the bases and Levi Hall (Webster) gave the Dodgers the lead for good with a single to center. Ryan Hill (Monroe CC/Mercyhurst) followed with a two-RBI single to left. Brendan O’Donnell (Rider) followed with a RBI single to left and when the ball went all the way to the wall, Hill scored all the way from first. Aaron Mann (Drury) capped the inning and gave the Dodgers a 7-1 advantage with a sac fly to score O’Donnell.
The Rapids didn’t go away as Collin Mann scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd and they cut the lead to 7-6 with four runs in the 4th. Franco Gracia hit a RBI single, Mann hit a sac fly, and Andrew Elcock delivered a two out double to right to make it a one run game. After a single by Ryan Gonzalez the tying run was thrown out at the plate to perserve the Dodgers advantage.
Neither team could plate a run until the Dodgers were able to add an insurance run in the bottom of the 6th. Hill drew a one out walk and came around to score when O’Donnell hit a two out RBI double over the left fielders head.
Jose Carranza (Eastern Oklahoma State) came in the 7th and got the final two outs. He recorded the final two outs with the tying runs on base by striking out a pair.
Alec Appelbaum (Camden County CC) allowed just one hit and one walk in 2.1 innings of relief and earned the win. Carranza earned the save.
O’Donnell was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI while Hall was 2 for 3 with a RBI.
Hornell plays their final home regular season game on Tuesday when they battle the Dansville Gliders. First pitch is at 7 p.m. Prior to the game the Dodgers will honor their host families in a ceremony starting at 6:40 p.m.