He said conversations with teammates from Division I schools such as Georgia, Albany, Binghamton, Northeastern and Brown center on whether opposing pitchers are tipping off their off-speed stuff, picking up the spin on pitches or the quality of a pitcher’s move to first have been beneficial.
“I’m just trying to soak in all of the information,” said Pindar, who’ll play for Oneonta State this coming spring.
Oneonta’s hitters figured out Geneva starting pitcher Robert Grippo in the second inning. They sent 10 men to the plate in a nightmarish 47-pitch inning for Grippo.
Geneva’s right-hander repeatedly fell behind in the count and when he had to come in with fastballs, the Outlaws rarely missed.
Georgia product Heath Holder led off the inning by lining a 2-1 pitch from Grippo into the gap in left-center. Howard Joe followed with a sacrifice fly to right that gave Oneonta a 1-0 lead.
Pindar stepped in and after hitting a ball over the left-field fence but about 15 feet foul, he beat out an infield single. Geneva second baseman Ken Rabin made a diving stop to his left on a hard one-hopper, but his throw was errant as Pindar took second.
Following a flyout by Josh Treff, No. 9 hitter Ryan Tomito was hit by a pitch. Jake Levine then singled to right to score Pindar. After Derek Hirsh walked, Brian Kraft hit a towering shot to deep center that resulted in a three-run double.
Brandon Stephens’ RBI single capped the six-run inning.
That was more than enough support for winning pitcher Luke Crumley, another Georgia product. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound right-hander dominated Geneva’s lineup, allowing two soft singles over six innings.
Unlike Grippo, Crumley pitched ahead in the count for most of the night.
“The first pitch was key,” said Crumley, who struck out four and walked two during a 90-pitch outing that included 58 strikes. “I was spotting my fastball, and getting my curveball and change-up over for strikes. That was the key to my success.”