YORK – The Geneseo Thunder kept rolling Thursday night with a 13-3 drubbing of visiting HFL. Geneseo ran their record to 10-2 with the victory and needed only 5 ½ innings to dispatch the Cougars via the 10-run mercy rule. The win is the second of the week for the Thunder, who beat the Webster Rattlers Monday night behind Alex Yarton’s 16 punch outs.
Livonia’s Zack Kolodziejski went the distance on the mound for the Thunder, allowing just three earned runs and striking out five along the way.
“I think it was just one of those games that it all came together,” Kolodziejski said of his performance. “They could hit the ball, but I guess I was just on pitching tonight.”
Coach Mark Bennett has stressed the importance of consistent hitting throughout the season, and tonight was a prime example of the Thunder exhibiting steady prowess at the plate. After a promising first inning ended on a double-play ball, Geneseo scored in four of the next five innings. In the decisive sixth inning, the Thunder sent eight batters to the plate, scored five runs and 10-runned HFL before the Cougars could record an out.
Tim Layland, of Keshequa, went 3-3 with three RBI, John Ridler, of Geneseo, went 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and Alex Syberg, of Perry, finished 1-2 with an RBI and three runs scored for the Thunder.
Layland said to achieve the consistency Bennett talked about, he and his teammates simplified their at-bats.
“We kind of went back to basics, simplifying it and going one hit at a time, not trying to do too much,” he said. “When we string together a couple hits here and there, good things happen.”
Ridler said the team is hitting their stride heading into the season’s latter stages, and the players, who play for different teams around the region during their high school and college seasons, are becoming a tighter knit group too.
“We’re definitely clicking a lot better than we were at the beginning of the season,” he said. “At the beginning of the season we were all trying to do a little bit too much. We’re all used to success, so we tried to bring it (to this team) right off the bat, and you can’t do that. We went back to basics, we all started hanging out with each other and it just clicked.”
Layland also added the players’ bonds have continued to strengthen throughout the season.
“Some of us were rivals in high school, and now we’re best friends and family on a team,” he said. “It just brings it all together.”
The Thunder hold a 2.5 game lead over the Webster Mustangs, who will travel to York Saturday (June 7) for crucial late-season doubleheader. The pair of games are slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.