By Jordan J. Michael
BINGHAMTON –– Jared Paigo sat in the dugout as a medic tried to stop the blood leaking from the top of his head. He was angry.
Voorheesville had two runners on the bases with two outs in the seventh inning, desperate for a run that would tie the game.
It was Paigo’s turn to bat, and he is one of Voorheesville’s best, but he was unable. Alex Minnick came off the bench, took a few practice swings, and made his way to the batter’s box to face Geneseo’s pitching ace, Ben Kelly, who came into last Saturday’s Class C state semifinal with an 0.09 ERA.
“I was confident that Alex could hit the ball, but I was very upset,” Paigo, Voorheesville’s catcher, said this week. “I would have gotten the ball in play, somewhere, but my opportunity was ruined. I watched Alex, but my season was already over.”
Minnick, a sophomore, played a lot during the beginning of the season, but hadn’t seen much time in the last month. Kelly’s first-pitch fastball blew by Minnick’s swinging bat as Mike Young and Kristian Singh stole third base and second. All Minnick needed was some contact, but he missed another fastball for strike two.