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Jesse Dedman’s RBI single capped a three-run seventh inning as host Afton defeated four-time defending Section Four Class D baseball champion Hancock, 7-6, in a Midstate Athletic Conference game Thursday.
“It was huge,” Afton coach Ron Rapp said of a Hancock team that advanced to the Class D state final last season. “That’s the first time I’ve beaten (coach) Brandon (Olbrys) since he’s been at Hancock. He’s a great coach and he keeps those kids hopping. It’s been a tough run for me aqainst him.”
Connor Graven-Briggs led off Afton’s seventh with a double. Caleb Stevens followed with a single to the left side of the infield that left runners on first and second.
After a strikeout, Matt Olin walked to load the bases. Josh Austin followed with a flyball to center that was dropped as two runs scored to tie it at 5. Dedman then singled to center to score Olin with the winning run.
Stevens and Richard Langstaff had two hits apiece for the Crimson Knights (2-0), who will travel to Greene on Monday.
Zach Worobey and Ryan Tooley each had two hits for Hancock (1-1).
Sidney 15, Walton 0
Winning pitcher Brandon Bessett struck out six, walked none and scattered three hits in six innings to lead Sidney to a Midstate Athletic Conference victory at Walton.
“Brandon threw very well,” said Sidney coach Kyle Vibbard, whose team batted second in a game originally scheduled to be played at Sidney. “He was all over the strike zone. He pounded the strike zone.”
Bessett also went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs for Sidney (1-1, 1-0), which received two hits apiece from Bill Kozak (four RBIs) and Patrick Vibbard (three RBIs).
Sidney hosts Unadilla Valley on Monday at Field 6 in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park.
Schenevus 15, Worcester 0
Robert Burton struck out 11 and walked none in a two-hitter, and went 4-for-4 with three runs to lead host Schenevus in the Tri-Valley League.
Jacob Darling hit a three-run homer to left during the Dragons’ 10-run fourth inning. The game ended after five innings because of the mercy rule. Darling also reached base three times on hit-by-pitches.
Zach Schallert had two hits for Schenevus (2-1, 2-0), which will play host to Cherry Valley-Springfield on Monday.
George Clements had both of Worcester’s hits.
Laurens 7, Morris 0
Mitchell Barra struck out nine and walked three in a two-hitter as Laurens opened the season with a Tri-Valley League win at home.
“He was pretty efficient,” Laurens coach Josh Nelligan said of Barra, whose RBI double highlighted a five-run fourth inning for the Leopards. “I think he only threw 84 pitches.”
Dustin Clark (RBI) and Cordell Cimko singled for Laurens, which took advantage of six Morris errors.
Sam Ernst singled in the third inning for the Mustangs (0-1, 0-1), who received a single from Robert Child.
Laurens hosts a non-league game against Hancock at 11 a.m. Saturday.
LM 6, Downsville 1
Brad Dreher had an RBI double in the third inning and Dylan Fisk finished with two hits for Downsville, which lost a non-leaguer in its season opener.
Joe Cubero’s RBI groundout in the third gave Livingston Manor a 2-1 lead.
Downsville will host Hunter-Tannersville today.
LACROSSEWP 12, Oneonta 9
Sam Sherrill scored four times, but host Oneonta High lost a Section Four game to Whitney Point at Oneonta State.
Jeremy Leary contributed two goals and two assists for the Yellowjackets (0-2), who received two goals from Luke Anderson and one from Jake Crotser.
Joe Sherrill stopped 21 shots for OHS, which faced a 6-5 halftime deficit but gave up six goals in the third period.
The Jackets host Johnson City on Tuesday.
SOFTBALLAfton 15, Hancock 0
Cassidy Phillips struck out five and walked two in a one-hitter as 2013 Class D state finalist Afton opened the season with a MAC rout of visiting Hancock.
The Crimson Knights scored 11 times in the third inning en route to a five-inning victory via the 15-run rule.
Sierra Palmatier tripled, homered and drove in five runs in a 3-for-4 effort for Afton. Her three-run homer to left field with none out in the fifth ended the game.
“That was over the left-field fence by a mile,” Afton coach Cindy Bostelman said. “It was a big hit.”
Ashley Rogalski (3-for-4), Shakari Coss (2-for-4) and Payton Cutting (2-for-4) had two RBIs apiece for Afton, which visits Greene on Monday.
Kylee Letosky singled in the third for Hancock.
Sidney 20, Walton 7
Jenna McDonald homered to lead off the fourth inning and Jolene Krom doubled twice as Sidney opened its season with a MAC win at home.
Nicole Smith went 4-for-5 with four RBIs for Sidney, which received three RBIs from Krom. Teammate Connor Decker contributed four hits and two RBIs.
Kailyn Gravel struck out 10 in a one-hitter, giving up an RBI single to Taylor Vernooy in the second. Gravel also walked 11 batters and hit five others.
Schenevus 9, Worcester 2
Vicky Hubbard had three hits and Sierra Bentley drove in three runs as Schenevus earned a Tri-Valley League win at home.
Bentley doubled and singled for the Dragons (1-2, 1-1), who got two hits from Stephanie Pepaj.
Winning pitcher Dani Tefft struck out four and walked five in 4 1/3 innings. She allowed one hit before Sarah Mellor closed the victory with 2 2/3 of hitless relief.
Alyssa Branigan had an RBI single in the third for Worcester, which committed seven errors.
Schenevus hosts Cherry Valley-Springfield at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Laurens, Morris split
Host Laurens earned an 8-7 victory in the first game and Morris won, 9-7, in the second game of a Tri-Valley League doubleheader.
In the first game, Laurens scored the winning run in the seventh inning.
Winning pitcher Jessica Hadlock singled to lead off. She advanced to second on Shalyn Tilley’s walk and scored on single to center by Claire Fraser.
Fraser finished 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs. Hadlock, Tilley and Katie Dobler had two hits apiece for the Leopards. Dobler, a freshman, played in her first organized game.
McKenna Hungerford had three hits for Morris, which got two hits apiece from Kaylyn Oliver and Liana Garry.
Winning pitcher Garry hit a grand slam to center in the second inning of Morris’ victory in the second game. The Mustangs (1-1) scored five times in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead.
Haley Wist and Oliver had two hits apiece.
Kayla Johnson doubled and tripled, and Tilley and Fraser also had two hits for Laurens (1-1), which will host Hancock at 11 a.m. Saturday.
LM 17, Downsville 1
Visiting Downsville was no-hit in its non-league opener, which was shortened to five innings because of the 15-run rule.
The Eagles scored in the fifth, when Kim Dusseldorp walked, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and came home on Tiffany Leone’s groundout.
Downsville hosts Hunter-Tannersville today.
TENNISWindham 7, H-T 0
Malcolm Seamans, Joe Pelham, Eddie Moran, Luke Rasmussen and David Saunders earned singles victories as host Windham improved to 3-0 with a Delaware League win.
The Warriors will travel to Roxbury on Wednesday.
Roxbury 5, Andes 2
Josh Riley’s 9-3 victory at first singles paced Roxbury in a Delaware League victory at home Wednesday.
Danny Ballard, Joe McAfee, Kajus Normantas and Tristan Mulder also won singles matches for the Rockets.