“He pitched really well,” Geneseo manager Nick Drollette said of his ace.
The Blue Devils were able to get four runs on the board in the second inning when senior outfielder Jimmy Root led off with a double. Phelps then hit a double of his own, driving in Root. Phelps was then brought in on a single by sophomore 1B Sean Kelly, who proceeded to steal second. Sophomore outfielder continued the rally by driving in Kelly.
“They had a really good pitcher I thought,” Drollette said. “We had one big inning there [in the second]. We batted around, so that was nice.”
A four run lead was enough for Phelps to finish out the game, although the Blue Devils did tack on two more later on.
Up 6-2 in the seventh, the junior did give Geneseo fans a bit of a sweat. He gave up a one out single, followed by another runner on a throwing error. With runners on the corners, Hornell manager Joe Mauro decided to be aggressive and attempt to steal second. When senior catcher Grainger Flint attempted to throw out the runner, it allowed the man on third to score Hornell’s third run. But Phelps induced a popup by the next batter to end the game.
Geneseo (8-1) takes on Pavilion at home on Tuesday.