Coming through in the clutch

South Colonie took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Nylin reached on an error and went to second on Carucci's single. Nylin then stole third base and scored when Katz's throw to third on the play went into left field. Carucci went to third on the overthrow and scored on Zielinski's single.

Katz made up for his throwing error in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run over the left field fence to tie the game, but Matt Weinman gave South Colonie the lead back in the top of the second. Weinman singled, moved to second on Steve Crouse's infield single, stole third and scored on Vetrone's squeeze bunt.

That was the last run for either team for the next three innings, as both starting pitchers " South Colonie's Chris Smith and Jefferson Parish's Jordan Rittiner " settled down. Smith worked his way out of trouble in the second and third innings and finished with a complete-game six-hitter, while Rittiner allowed only four more hits over the next four innings on his way to the victory.

"I thought we were going to get to this guy (Rittiner)," said Sutherland. "We got four hits off him in the first two innings."

South Colonie rebounded from its disappointing loss to Jefferson Parish by edging Youngstown, Ohio, 3-2 in a game that took two days to complete due to rain last Saturday.

Carucci was South Colonie's hero. Not only did he pitch four innings of scoreless relief Sunday to earn the win, but he also belted a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to give his team the lead.

"He did a great job," Sutherland said of Carucci, who scattered three hits and struck out four batters.

Youngstown took the lead in the top of the first inning on Jason Bagoly's two-run double off Nylin, but South Colonie chipped away over the next two innings. Zielinski led off the bottom of the second with a double, went to third on a balk and scored on Nylin's groundout to third base to cut Youngstown's lead to 2-1. Then in the third inning, Carucci doubled, went to third when Notar's grounder was mishandled for an error and scored on another balk by pitcher Pat O'Brien to tie the game.

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