The Daily Star
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Oneonta High’s baseball team handed host Windsor its first loss of the season, boarded a bus for home and then knocked off defending Class C state champion Seton Catholic Central on Saturday.
The Yellowjackets (3-2, 3-2) downed the Black Knights, 3-2, and then beat the visiting Saints, 4-3, in a pair of Southern Tier Athletic Conference games.
“They showed me something about this team’s character,” said OHS coach Joe Hughes, whose dropped two games by 8-1 and 15-1 counts to Owego and Chenango Forks, respectively, in its previous two games. “We felt real bad about the way played against Chenango Forks (on Thursday). Sometimes you don’t mind a loss if someone outpitches you and outhits you, but we felt we didn’t play really well against Chenango Forks.
“We pitched better, fielded it better and had better timely hitting (against Windsor on Seton),” he continued. “And that wasn’t an easy day. We started at 9 a.m., played game, came home and had a 45-minute break, and then played the defending state champions. Windsor (3-1, 1-1) and Seton are both quality teams and we came away with two wins.”
Matt Bitzer earned the victory against Windsor, using his curveball often to scatter six hits in a complete game.
“His best pitch is his curveball and he’s able to throw strikes with it any time in the count,” Hughes said of Bitzer. “That kept Windsor off balance. You don’t have to throw 90 mph to get people out. He used his curveball to set up his fastball. He may have thrown more curveballs than fastballs.”
Peter Brunetta dropped a two-run single to stake the Yellowjackets to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After Windsor tied the score with single runs in the second and third innings, OHS took the lead in the sixth inning.
Josh Garufi led off with a double to left and scored on a one-out double to left-center by Noah Sheehan.
Windsor had the tying run on second base with two outs in the seventh, but Bitzer got Jake Conroy to ground out to short to end it.
Third baseman Garufi also started a pair of 5-4-3 double plays for the Jackets.
“In a close game where runs are hard to come by, to get a double play is a big pick up,” Hughes said. “To do that twice was huge. Garufi played extremely well at third.”
Against Seton, the Yellowjackets were held hitless by David George through four innings and trailed, 1-0. OHS broke through for four runs in the fifth inning.
Brock Eichler led off with a walk and scored on a double to right by Collin Neer. Conor Tavarone followed with an infield hit and Garufi walked to load the bases. Brunetta then hit a three-run double off the fence in left-center to give OHS a 4-1 lead.
Winning pitcher Kevin Smith struck out 11, walked six and allowed four hits innings through 6 2/3 innings.
Smith suffered a concussion in gym class and hadn’t played or practiced for about a week-and-a-half, Hughes said.
“He had a good breaking ball and a good fastball,” Hughes said. “He pitched out of some big innings, too. They had chances every inning, but he was able to make pitches. It was an impressive outing.”
Neil McCormack hit a two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning that pulled the Saints to 4-3, but Sheehan relieved Smith and struck out the final batter to get the save.
The Yellowjackets will travel to Chenango Valley at 1 p.m. today.
Unatego 8, Valley Stream South 6
Lucas DeJoy and Kellen Komenda combined on a seven-hitter on the mound and for five hits at the plate to lead Unatego to a non-league at Doubleday Field.
Winning pitcher DeJoy went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Komenda finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored for the Spartans, who received a home run to right-center by Ethan Barber in the seventh inning.
DeJoy had an RBI single and Kyle Spaulding contributed an RBI double has Unatego scored three times in the first inning. DeJoy’s two-run single in the fourth inning increased the Spartans’ lead to 7-1.
Spaulding and Jared Jones had two hits apiece for Unatego (3-1), which will travel to Sherburne-Earlville at 11 a.m. today.
Sidney 15, Whitney Point 1
Senior Billy Kozak struck out nine and allowed one hit through five scoreless innings, and had two hits to lead visiting Sidney to a non-league victory.
Jon Gorschak and Jordan Constable each threw one inning for the Warriors to complete the three-hitter.
Sidney (3-1) scored five times in the first inning. Gorschak’s two-run double was the big hit in the inning. Brandon Bessett contributed a two-run home run in Sidney’s seven-run third inning. Bessett’s second homer of the season went to left.
Chris Fischer had three hits, and Gorschak, Bessett and Alex Hoskins had two hits apiece for Sidney, which will play a pair of road games today. The Warriors will travel to Sauquoit Valley at 11 a.m. before playing at Delhi at 4:30 p.m.
SOFTBALLWindsor 2, Oneonta 0
Junior Brieanna Baker struck out 11 and walked none in a six-hitter for Oneonta High, which lost on the road to the defending Class B state champions.
“BB pitched fantastic, especially against those guys,” Oneonta coach Randy Brockway said. “They’re probably the best-hitting team in Class B. We tried to keep them off balance with a change-up.”
Windsor (2-0, 2-0) opened the scoring in the third inning, when Mara Kohlbach singled, went to second on a sacrifice and scored on Allison Lockwood’s single to left.
Windsor freshman Paige Rauch threw a six-hitter with 10 strikeouts and homered in the fourth inning to give the Black Knights a 2-0 lead.
“We left one screwball hanging,” Brockway said of Rauch’s homer. “What a hitter she is.”
The Yellowjackets, who went 1-2 against the Black Knights last season, loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth ininng but failed to score.
Deseray Thomas led off Oneonta’s sixth with a single to center. Eighth-grader Ally Baker followed with a single down the left-field line and Mia Obergefell bunted back to Rauch, who tried to get the force on Thomas at third, but her throw was late.
Rauch then struck out Sarah Horne, Brieanna Baker popped out to third and Bekka Struble struck out to end the threat.
“Credit Paige for getting out of that inning,” Brockway said. “I’m pleased at the same time that we were able to set the table to tie it or win it in the sixth inning. It just didn’t work out for us.
“With our young roster, they played with more confidence than I thought they would,” he continued. “It should give us confidence for our next three games and the rest of the season. When we see (Windsor) again, hopefully we can turn it around in our favor.”
OHS (2-1, 2-1) will travel to Chenango Valley at 11 a.m. Today.
TRACKOrange & Black Invitational
Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton junior Julia Knapp set three meet records during the non-scoring Black & Orange Invitational at Walton.
Knapp set meet records in the 100- and 300-meter hurdle races as well as in the long jump. She crossed in 15.5 seconds in the 100 hurdles, 47.0 in the 300 hurdles and long jumped 15 feet, 2 inches.
Knapp’s sister, eighth-grader Matilda Knapp, contributed a pair of meet records. She won the 100 in 13.4 and the 200 in 27.0.
B-G/A’s Katie Nolan also broke a meet record in the 800, crossing in 2:29.1.
Mary Rommer of Unatego and Betsy Holden of B-G/A were double-winners. Rommer placed first in the 1,200 in 3:58.2, just edging Nolan, who crossed in 3:58.6, and the 2,000 (7:15.3), and Holden won the shot put (30-7 ¾) and the discus (82-3).
Oneonta High received wins from Brittney Herrick in the high jump (5-0), Marly Davies in the 400 (1:05.2), Madison Allen in the triple jump (30-0 ½) and Eliana Fox in the pole vault (7-0). The Yellowjackets also received wins from their 400 and 1,600 relay teams.
On the boys side, B-G/A’s Pedro Aparicio placed first in the shot put (43-11) and the discus (114-0). Teammates Kyle Raymer and Jay Bame won the 200 (23.9) and 400 (53.4), respectively.
OHS received wins from Skylar Thompson (100, 11.7), Logan Mancuso (2,000, 6:10.7); and Mat Robinson (300 hurdles, 42.7).
Brett Humphries (800, 2:13.3) and Austin Ryan (110 hurdles, 17.1) earned wins for Unatego.
Red, White and Blue Invitational
Sidney eighth-grader Mallory Stillman and Gilbertsville-Mount Upton/Morris junior Christina Hawkins won events in the Red, White and Blue Invitational at Newark Valley.
Stillman crossed first in the 200 meters. She finished in 28.05 seconds. Stillman also finished second in the 100, crossing in 13.60.
Hawkins’ winning shot put traveled 31 feet, 3 inches. She placed second in the discus with a distance of 106-5.