The Daily Star
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Sixteen innings produced nary a run for the Oneonta Outlaws, who were swept in a New York Collegiate Baseball League doubleheader by the Syracuse Junior Chiefs on Tuesday at Alliance Bank Stadium.
The Junior Chiefs won the first game, 4-0, and took the second, 8-0, as Oneonta High graduate Mike Calkins took the loss in his NYCBL debut. The first game was scheduled for nine innings and the second went seven innings.
In the first game, Syracuse scored all of its runs in the fourth inning off of losing pitcher Matt Milburn (2-1).
Kenny Hostrander led off the inning with a double. Connor Mathis followed with a single that sent Hofstrander to third. After a popout, Gary Jones walked to load the bases.
The first run scored on a error by Milburn.
Heath Holder then relieved Milburn and gave up a two-run single to Aaron Pigna that made it 3-0. Stanley Susana’s groundout scored the inning’s final run.
Winning pitcher Mike Bittel limited Oneonta to two hits over six innings. He struck out nine and walked one.
The Outlaws finished with five hits, including a two apiece from Brian Kraft and Mitch Hollander.
With left-hander Calkins starting the second game, Oneonta High senior Chris Pindar in center and OHS graduate Sean Getman at third, one-third of the Outlaws’ lineup was comprised of players who helped the Yellowjackets to a Class B state title in 2012.
The Junior Chiefs received a three-run homer from Nick Sinay in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead.
Sinay singled leading off the fifth, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Susana with two outs to make it 4-0.
Calkins then allowed four straight singles to start the sixth inning before being relieved by Tsuyoshi Horibata. The Junior Chiefs finished with four runs in the inning to cap the scoring.
Calkins went five-plus innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits. He struck out three and walked two. This spring, Calkins helped the University of Tampa to the NCAA Division II national title.
Offensively, Oneonta had four hits against winning pitcher Austin Munn, who struck out seven and walked three in a complete game.
Getman went 1-for-3 and Pindar finished 0-for-2.
The Outlaws (5-5) will play the Geneva Red Wings at 7 tonight at Damaschke Field.