Matt Brooks drew a bases-loaded walk from losing pitcher Brandon Agar in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home the winning run as the host Niagara Power earned a 9-8 victory over the Oneonta Outlaws on Friday in the New York Collegiate Baseball League.
The Outlaws rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the first inning to tie the score at 8 in the top of the ninth on an error by pitcher Travis Laitar.
Oneonta High graduate Chris Pindar hit three RBI doubles to lead the Outlaws’ comeback. He finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Pindar upped his batting average to .329. He’s also scored 20 runs in 22 games.
In the bottom of the ninth, Niagara’s Cameron Wilkie led off with a triple to right. Agar then intentionally walked Scott Gillespie and Buddy McCoy to load the bases. Agar followed with a strikeout of Perry Rigby and induced Jimmy Landes to a fielder’s choice grounder to short as Wilkie was forced out at home.
But Brooks’ walk ended it.
The Power scored five times in the first inning off of starter Jacob Cryts, who walked four in the inning and allowed an RBI single to Landes and a two-run triple to Michael Kerr.
Cryts’ night ended after issuing one-out walks to McCoy and Rigby in the third inning.
Oneonta scored single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Pindar had RBI doubles in the third and fifth innings, and Josh Treff hit an RBI single in the fourth.
But Niagara scored three runs in the sixth inning off of Corey Kafka, who relieved Cryts and worked 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Kafka struck out five and walked one.
Benjamin Pickard and McCoy had RBI singles in the sixth for the Power, who extended their lead to 8-3.
A two-run seventh brought the Outlaws to 8-5. Pindar hit the last of his RBI doubles and Jake Levine followed with an RBI single.
The eighth inning brought home two more runs for Oneonta. Brandon Stephens, Treff and Heath Holder opened the inning with singles to load the bases. Howard Joe and Ryan Tomita then scored runs on groundouts to make it 8-7.
The Outlaws finished with 14 hits. In addition to Pindar’s three hits, Brian Kraft, Stephens, Holder, Joe and Treff had two hits apiece.
Oneonta (16-11) will host the Power at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Dawgs 8, Hawkeyes 1
Cooperstown starter Jack Stover gave up six earned runs on 10 hits and two walks in five innings as the visiting Hawkeyes lost their eighth straight in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
Dalton Herrington’s 3-for-4 effort included a two-run single in the first inning that gave Mohawk Valley a 2-0 lead. Herrington later scored on a bunt-single by Casey Rodrigue to make it 3-0 in the first.
Rodrigue finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs for the DiamondDawgs (14-13), who received two hits apiece from Landon Thibodeaux (run), Joey Tracy (two RBIs) and David Peretti (RBI).
Winning pitcher Keegan Long (4-0) scattered five hits and allowed one unearned run in 5 2/3 innings. Cooperstown (11-16) scored in the fourth after Austin March singled and stole second. March scored with two out — cutting the Hawkeyes’ deficit to 4-1 — when Ryan Donovan reached base on an overthrow to first after grounding to shortstop.
Stefan Jordan finished 2-for-3 to pace the Hawkeyes, who are last in the PGCBL’s five-team East Division.
Cooperstown was scheduled to host Glens Falls at 5 p.m. Saturday, but their game at Doubleday Field was postponed until July 25. The teams will play a doubleheader that day.
The Hawkeyes will visit Amsterdam at 7:05 p.m. Sunday.