UTICA — Old Man Winter, who has overstayed his welcome, couldn’t spoil the Utica Redskins’ baseball home opener — even with icy winds and game temperatures that barely reached 40 degrees.
Utica rattled out 17 hits (including 14 singles) against a quintet of Newark Catholic Green Wave pitchers to win, 12-9, in a non-conference match on Tuesday.
Dan Rife, Utica’s starting pitcher, was battling the weather and a stiff shoulder in the early going. He didn’t fare well in the face of a northerly breeze that he, and everyone else, has to pitch straight into. Rife was lifted after facing only four batters, giving up three hits and hitting one. Reliever Joe Millat eventually got things under control, giving up two hits and striking out a pair in three innings of work.
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