TREEN MACHINE PROPELS PROCTOR PAST NEW HARTFORD-STOP DWI TOURNEY
Two teams looking to start a winning streak and break the bonds of so-so starts to the high school baseball season got together for, you guessed it, game two of the 2013 Oneida County Stop DWI High School Baseball Classic in a game played under the bright lights on field one at the DeLutis Baseball Complex in Rome.
When the vapor lamps started to dim at DeLutis a happy bunch of Proctor Raiders (3-2) climbed on their bus for a happy ride home down Route 49 celebrating a convincing 4-0 win over the New Hartford Spartans (4-5).
The win gives coach Steve Strife and company reason to smile as their two game winning streak has the Raiders on the plus side with a 3-2 mark. The loss leaves the Spartans on the minus side at 4-5.
Both teams can come away from this matchup with reasons to smile as fans were treated to a fast paced well-played day one tournament, nightcap.
The Raider who deserved the best seat on the bus and a pat on the back was starting pitcher Jordan Treen.
Treen, QB 1 for the Proctor football team, led the Raiders to the win column with a machine like performance as the hard throwing right-hander yielded just 4 hits, struck out 7 and walked just one to go the distance.
The machine reference is fitting here as Jordan was precise and on point all seven innings.
Treen threw 93 pitches in the general direction of the plate at DeLutis and was precise enough to throw 56 strikes and just 37 balls while facing just 27 Spartans batters along the way. Precise and machine-like indeed.
While Jordan did the damage on the bump, teammate Josh True delivered at the plate going 3-3 and driving in half of Proctor’s 4 runs in seven innings of action.
First basemen Elan Scott and Treen drove in the other Raider runs as Proctor got a little taste of redemption as New Hartford swept two hoops contests from the Class AA team last winter.
Treen struck out leadoff man Matt Desens, got Steve Tomaino to ground out to short and then retired the side in order when Joey Donovan flied out to left.
New Hartford starter Ben Phelps matched goose eggs with Treen for the first three innings as both hurlers were up to the task on the big stage.
Phelps fashioned a first inning much like the one Treen put up.
Connor Roth grounded out to first, Brett George struck out and Treen popped out to the left side.
Phelps hung tough until the fateful fourth inning when the Raider Nation Celebration started in earnest.
Jordan Treen grounded out and then the rally hats worked as right fielder Mike Krecidlo singled to left and later motored home with the games first run.
Catcher Matt Haddad took the gear off long enough to single sharply to center to keep the pressure on Phelps and company.
The third Raider hit of the inning, a single off the bat of left hander Elan Scott, his first of two on the night, scored Krecidlo as the Raiders were now up 1-zip.
Phelps blew one by Lawrence Elliot. The strike out was the second out of the inning.
That led to the biggest hit of the night when Josh True ripped a two RBI single to right as Scott and Haddad scored.
Proctor led 3-0 and with Treen in a groove you knew the Spartans were in trouble. Proctor added an insurance run in the fifth.
Connor Roth caught the Spartans napping and beat out a bunt single and later scored when Jordan Treen helped his own cause with an RBI single of his own. Proctor now led 4-0.
New Hartford never put a scare into the Raider nation as Treen cruised home for the complete game shut out.
Tory King led the Spartans offense going 2-2 with a single and triple. Connor Manderson and Steve Tomaino had the other hits off Treen.
Proctor 4 New Hartford 0
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New Hartford 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Proctor 0 0 0 3 1 0 X 4 9 0