Proctor shortstop Connor Roth (11) reels in the throw as F-M’s J.P. Quinn (10) slides safely into second base.

Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo


The Proctor Raiders opened their 2013 high school baseball campaign today, hosting Fayetteville Manlius, at Murnane Field in Utica. 

F-M overcame an early two run deficit and knocked off the Raiders by a score of 3-2 to spoil the opening day hopes of Proctor’s senior laden ball club. 

Today’s game featured two contrasting right handers, John Napoli a hard throwing senior for Proctor, and Jackson Wheeler, a junior hurler with some nasty off speed stuff. 

Proctor hurler John Napoli delivers a second inning pitch.

Both pitchers gave their respective coaches seven full innings of work today, but it was Wheeler who dealt the Hornets the slightly better hand this afternoon.

Napoli made quick work of F-M in the top of the first and Proctor took full advantage in the bottom half of the inning, plating two runs for the early lead.

ballRaiders leadoff man, Lawrence Elliott, reached on an error and quickly stole second base to put a runner in scoring position right off the bat.

After a strikeout by Connor Roth, first baseman Jordan Treen stepped in and singled to left, scoring Elliott and giving Proctor a quick 1-0 lead.

Treen then stole second and after a strikeout by DH Nick Bruzzese, Matt Haddad’s flare into right field brought Treen home to give the Raiders a 2-0 lead, which is the way we’d go to the second inning.

Proctor’s Matt Haddad (3) watches his first inning single sail into left field.

Despite walking two batters in the top of the second inning, Napoli redeemed himself with a nasty pickoff of F-M’s Seth Pedersen at first base and then got Nate Olson to ground out to end the Hornets threat with no harm on the scoreboard.

Jackson Wheeler was sharp in the home half of the second, setting down Tyler DeMarco, Derrin Lilly and Lawrence Elliott in order.

The Hornets tied things up in the top half of the third. Sean Brown drew a one out walk and Scott Bellina reached first when Jordan Treen mishandled a ground ball to first base.

A wild pitch by Napoli to J.P. Quinn advanced the runners to second and third.

Quinn made the most of the opportunity, slicing a single into left field, scoring Brown and Bellina to knot things up at 2-2, which is the way we would go to the bottom of the third.

Again it was all Wheeler in the home half of the third. The crafty junior gave up a perfectly placed bunt single to Connor Roth, then struck out Jordan Treen and got Bruzzese to hit into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play. 

ballBoth Napoli and Wheeler owned the fourth and fifth innings from the mound, as the two pitchers faced just six batters each and expended a total of 26 pitches in two innings of work.

J.P. Quinn did it again for the Hornets in the top half of the sixth inning, lining a sharp leadoff single into left center.

Quinn stole second and reached third base on a wild pitch to give F-M a runner at third and nobody out.

Jack McLure drew a walk to put runners at the corners.

Mike Hoalcraft grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, but Quinn was unable to get home on the play.

F-M junior Jackson Wheeler (5) delivers a late inning strike.

Scott Bellina’s single to right scored Quinn to give the Hornets the 3-2 lead, headed to the home half of the sixth.

The Raiders were unable to get a runner into scoring position over their final six outs and Wheeler and the Hornets hung on for the road victory.

Wheeler yielded two runs on four hits, and struck out three.

ballThe Hornets starter’s most impressive stat of the day though was the fact that he did not issue a single walk in the complete game win.

J.P. Quinn led the Hornets at the plate today, going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI, 2 stolen bases and 2 runs scored.

Jordan Treen, Connor Roth, Matt Haddad and Ryan Piccola had one hit a piece for Proctor.

Napoli gave up 3 runs on 5 hits, while striking out 4 and walking 3 in the loss.

F-M improves to (2-0) on the season.

Proctor is (0-1) and will look to put one in the win column on Wednesday when they travel to Cicero North Syracuse for a date with the Northstars. 

Fayetteville-Manlius 3 T.R. Proctor 2

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FM                 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 4 2

Proctor           2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 2