But Eichler responded with three straight strikeouts. He got Nick Chilson to chase high fastball for the first out, he caught Cam Gregory looking at a curveball for the second out and Tom Meaney missed a high fastball for the third out.
“The change-ups, that was what I thought I did best today, just mixing speeds,” said Eichler, who struck out five, walked two and allowed three hits over five innings. “I kept them off balance most of the time.”
Bitzer struck out one over the final two innings, allowing one hit.
With one out and a runner at first in the seventh inning, JC’s Matt Czeitner hit a grounder to short that forced Tavarone to range to his right. Tavarone made an accurate toss to second baseman Neer and first baseman Sheehan scooped the relay throw throw for a game-ending double play.
Offensively, the Yellowjackets struggled against JC’s tandem of Gregory and Arvanitakis, managing three hits.
OHS scored in the first inning without the benefit of a hit.
Neer and Tavarone walked off of Gregory to start the inning. Bennett Eggler then laid down a bunt that died about 2 feet in front of home plate. JC catcher Meaney had to time to get the runner at third, but his throw was way off line and went down the left-field line, allowing Neer to score the game’s first run.
The Yellowjackets made it 2-0 in the third inning, when Tavarone led off by sending a hanging curveball into center for a single.
Eggler then reached on a fielding error by second baseman Logan Baburchak as Tavarone advanced to second. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and Tavarone scored when a 57-foot curveball from Gregory caromed off Meaney for a wild pitch.
Oneonta’s final run came in the fifth inning.