Tribs offense finds rhythm in sweep of FLCC

Bubba Boutelle (3) is greeted by his teammates after his solo shot to lead the fifth inning of game one.

By PAUL GOTHAM

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — Bubba Boutelle and Alex Canty paced a potent offense, and the Monroe Community College Tribunes swept Finger Lakes Community College (6-3/14-3) in NJCAA action, Thursday.

Boutelle and Canty combined for nine hits, 11 RBI, two home runs and eight runs scored as the Tribunes trailed briefly in game one before taking the lead and never looking back.

The duo connected on a pair of round trippers in a three-run fifth of game one. Boutelle led the frame with his first round tripper of the season and third of his career. Ryan Brown followed with a single up the middle, and Canty gave Monroe a 5-1 lead with his seventh home run of the season.

Canty outdid himself in the nightcap going 3-for-4 with a double and triple to complete the doubleheader cycle. The freshman has driven in 47 runs on the season. His RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the first got Monroe on the scoreboard. Canty’s two-run single in the second paced the Tribs to a 5-0 advantage. He followed with  a two-run double in the fourth and a two-run triple off the base of the foul pole in left field in the seventh.

Tim Brown allowed three runs on two hits in game one and improved to 2-1 on the season. The left-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth before surrendering back-to-back base hits.

Nick Rubino came out of the bullpen with runners on the corners, no outs and promptly induced a double play. The right-hander ended the inning with a punch out. Rubino earned his second save of the season facing five batters and getting six outs.

Monroe grabbed the lead in the fourth inning of game one. Johnny Ricotta started the inning with a base on balls. Jake Hewitt dropped a sacrifice bunt, but the throw trying to get Ricotta at second sailed into the outfield and the Tribunes had runners on second and third. Brent Turpyn delivered a two-run single to left for a 2-1 lead.

MCC did not trail for the remainder of the afternoon.

Mired in a 2-for-26 slump, Hewitt busted out Thursday with four hits in seven at bats. To go with the sacrifice, the sophomore stole two bases, walked once, drove in a run and scored twice. Hewitt started game two and hurled three shutout innings retiring eight of the first nine he faced. The right-hander allowed a two-out single in the third followed by a walk. He stranded the runners getting a ground ball to end the inning.

Pat Connor came out of the bullpen and allowed one unearned run over two innings.

Connor Hurst worked the last two innings to preserve the win.

Canty, Frankie Pizzo and Ricotta combined as the Monroe infield turned five double plays during the doubleheader.

Jonathan Catapano finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with a walk, two hit by pitch and and three runs.

Ryan Brown was 4-for-7 including a double with four runs scored, two RBI, two stolen bases and a walk.

FLCC’s Mike Magnanti brought home a run with a sacrifice fly in the third inning of game one for a 1-0 Lakers edge.

Monroe improved to 18-22 on the season. The Tribunes host Erie Community College on Saturday afternoon. A 1 pm first pitch is scheduled.

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