The Red Raiders blow out Greece Athena to win their 11th straight game. Fairport first baseman Conner Simonetti breaks the Section 5 record for career home runs.
If you are looking to have a memorable day on the baseball diamond, it is hard to top what Fairport accomplished on Thursday.
The Red Raiders top slugger, first baseman Conner Simonetti set the Section 5 record for career home runs. Starting pitcher Ryan Landers surrendered only two runs over five innings.
The capper on the day; Fairport cruised to a 15-3 over Greece Athena, one of Section 5’s top teams. These types of days are pretty common for the Red Raiders who have emerged as the front-runners to win Monroe County East Division I and Class AAA titles.
“You always hope you are going to have a good team, but you have to go out and play the games,” said Ned Amyot, Fairport head coach, whose team is on an 11-game winning streak. “Any team can beat you on any day. I knew we could play good baseball, we just had to do it. I hope we can finish this.”
Simonetti, who will play for Kent State next year, tied the record in the bottom of the fourth inning with a three-run home run. One inning later, Simonetti broke the record with a solo shot to deep center.
“One of my goals at the start of the season was to break the record and continue on,” Simonetti. “It crossed my mind going into today’s game, but every at bat you have to think about just hitting the pitch. I was trying to just think about base hits and go from there.”
Simonetti isn’t the only Red Raider home run threat.
Short stop Dave Vaccaro, who will play for Division I Radford next year, blasted a two-run shot in the bottom of the second inning of Thursday’s game. Second baseman Conrad Record hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth.
Fairport boasts arguably the strongest lineup in Section 5, which has netted at least five runs in eight straight games.
“It’s awesome to be part of this lineup,” Vaccaro said. “I have never been on a team like this where every single guy, one through nine, can crush the ball. It is really amazing.”
Amyot is quick to credit his rotation for his team’s success.
Brett Bouchard, Tyler Dardzinski, and Phil Huang have been productive as starters. Nick Pollisseni has given the team a boast out the bullpen.
“I have been lucky, because I have a lot of pitchers who have been keeping us in the game,” Amyot said. “Even when we have played four games in a week, the staff has responded. That has been huge for us.”
The Red Raiders know the road to a league title goes through Victor, who they face on Friday and in the regular season finale later this month. Fairport entered Friday’s tilt 11-0 against teams from Section 5.
Page 2 of 2 - The Red Raiders went 12 years between sectional titles from 1994 to 2006. Times have changed for Fairport though. If they capture the Class AAA crown, it will be their second title in three years and fourth in eight seasons.
“We knew coming into this year we were going to be a tough team,” Vaccaro said. “We compete with everybody, every time on the field. Winning sectionals is our number one goal.”