The scene was picturesque under the lights at Cook Park last night. It was Military Appreciation Night and Colonie in their pink camouflage uniforms were hosting Averill Park. The field was freshly cut and the spectators including myself up in the booth, were all ready for some baseball on a cool spring evening!
Colonie started quick with 4 runs in the 1st inning, thanks to 3 walks by Warriors starting pitcher Luke Pascarella. The Raiders kept on pounding as Devan Kruzinski and Ryan McGee both drove in runs in the 3rd, and reached base a total of 8 times out of 10 at bats between the both of them. A.J. Mazzone had 2 RBIs of his own and Max Jiampetti had a deep double in the 5th putting Colonie up for good. They were flawless in the field as MIke Lavigna made a great throw from the warning track to throw out a runner heading for 2nd base for a double. Nate Toms pitched 5 shutout innings and Sal Fusco relieved him only allowing two runs to score. Colonie defeated Averill Park with a final of 9-2. The Raiders improved to 12-4 on the year.
Wednesday night Colonie will take on Bethlehem on senior night at 7 at Cook Park. In a game with high stakes, we should expect a thriller as the season is almost over.