Pal-Mac bests Medina in Class B Regional

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 4 June 2022 at 5:40 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina second baseman Tyler Kroening goes high over Pal-Mac’s Paul Goodness  during the Mustangs Class B Far West Regional loss to the Red Raiders this afternoon at Monroe Community College.

Jumping out to a quick first inning lead, Palmyra-Macedon went on to score an 11-1 five inning run rule victory over Medina in the Class B Far West Regional game this afternoon at Monroe Community College.

Pal-Mac moved on top to stay by scoring three times with two out in the first inning on an RBI single by Ian Goodness and a two-run double by Christian Morrison.

Medina first baseman Zach Fike gets set to put the tag on Pal-Mac’s Isiah Stephens.

Medina had a golden opportunity to get back in the game in the top of the third inning getting the bases loaded with just one out on back-to-back singles by Hayden Woodroe and Tyler Kroening and a walk to Xander Payne. However, the Mustangs were unable to capitalize as a stikeout and a pop out quickly ended the threat.

“You’ve got to be able to score when you get the opportunity. You don’t get that many chances,” said Mustangs Coach Jon Sherman.

Pal-Mac then wasted no time in doubling the lead to 6-0 by answering right back with a three run scoring burst in the bottom of the third on four straight hits highlighted by a two-run triple by Goodness and an RBI single by Morrison.

“We just didn’t have an answer for the meat of their order,” said Sherman.

The Red Raiders tacked on a run in the fourth on an RBI single by pitcher Chris Finocchario and then closed out the run rule win with four tallies in the fifth capped off by a two-run single by Finocchario.

On the mound, Finocchario gave up only 3 hits and struck out 6.

Medina’s lone run came in the fourth inning as Aidan Paul led off with a triple and came home on a fielders choice play off the bat of Julian Woodworth.

Finocchario though quickly ended the inning with a pair of strikeouts and then retired the Mustangs in order in the top of the fifth.

Undefeated (24-0) Pal-Mac now advances to next Friday’s Class B state semifinal in Binghamton.

Medina finishes with a 21-4 record which ties a school record for most wins in a season.