The Oneonta Tigers left no doubt Wednesday night.
Chris White, Ronnie Bourqin and Angel Flores each had three hits to lead the O-Tigers to a 14-8 New York-Penn League victory over the Aberdeen IronBirds, clinching their fourth Stedler Division title in six years.
Oneonta (44-30) had 19 hits and withstood a seven-run eighth inning by the IronBirds (32-42). The teams continue their series at 7:05 tonight and 7:05 p.m. Friday, which wraps up the regular season.
The Tigers actually clinched the division before their game was over as Lowell fell, 3-1, to McNamara Division leader Brooklyn. The Spinners (47-25) hold a 1 1/2 game lead over wild-card leading Staten Island (46-27) with two games to play. Brooklyn would need to lose out and Staten Island, which beat Tri-City, 13-2, would have to win out for the two to swap positions. Both are already in the playoffs. Pinckney Division champion Auburn (46-28) lost to Jamestown, 2-0.
The pairings for the playoffs aren’t set yet as there is the possibility of jockeying for position. The opening round of the NY-Penn playoffs begin Sunday.
Guillermo Moscoso (8-2) worked 5 2/3 innings to earn the victory. He allowed one run on five hits, striking out four and walking one.
Casper Wells hit a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Justin Henry followed with a two-run single in the second to make it 5-1.
The Tigers seemingly put the game away in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
White’s RBI groundout in the fourth made it 6-1. In the fifth, Bourquin singled and, with two out, Cory Middleton hit his sixth homer of the season to put Oneonta up, 8-1.
White led off the sixth with a single and Mike Sullivan walked with one out to put runners on first and second. Chris Carlson then hit a two-out, RBI single that moved Sullivan to third, and Kody Kaiser followed with an RBI single to center for a 10-1 lead.
Kaiser’s RBI groundout in the eighth made it 11-1 before the O-Tigers gave up seven runs in the bottom of the inning.
Oneonta capped the scoring in the ninth, when Linares had an RBI single, Ryan Seawell walked with bases loaded and Carlson hit a sacrifice fly.