ONEONTA — Change happens quickly in baseball.
The Oneonta Outlaws proved that Wednesday night, putting up 13 hits in an 8-0 New York Collegiate Baseball League victory over the Geneva Red Wings before 1,412 fans at Damaschke Field.
The same Outlaws squad that failed to score in being swept in a doubleheader against the host Syracuse Junior Chiefs on Tuesday looked very comfortable at the plate Wednesday.
That included Oneonta High senior Chris Pindar, who went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and Pindar’s former OHS teammate Sean Getman, who contributed a pinch-hit single in the eighth.
It was only three weeks ago when Pindar hit three home runs in his final high school game, a 6-4 Oneonta High loss to Waverly in the Section Four Class B final at Union-Endicott.
Pindar said much has changed since then.
“If you went 0-for-4 in a high school, you were as mad as can be, but if you go 0-for-4 here, it’s almost expected,” said Pindar, whose hitting .250 for the Outlaws over the team’s first 11 games. “You’re going to have those nights.”
Still, Pindar looked anything but overwhelmed Tuesday.
He reached on an infield single to second and scored during the Outlaws’ six-run second inning and legged out another infield single that resulted in an RBI during Oneonta’s two-run fifth inning. He also was hit by a pitch in his final at-bat.
“It’s a big adjustment from aluminum to wood and a big adjustment from high school to college,” said Outlaws coach Joe Hughes, who doubled as Pindar’s coach as OHS as well. “But he still has the skills and bat speed to compete and play well.”
Pindar, who hit a school-record seven homers this spring for the Yellowjackets, said this level of baseball has increased his baseball IQ enormously.