Zach Pidgeon, Ben Payton and Matt Bitzer combined on a two-hitter, and Oneonta’s Legion team took advantage of nine walks, four hit batsmen and four Windsor errors en route to an 11-0 District Six victory Wednesday at Oneonta High.
The game ended after 4 ½ innings because of the mercy rule.
The Green Wave (19-15) finished with a 9-3 league record. Oneonta will now try to successfully defend its District Six Tournament title. The eight-team, double-elimination tournament begins Saturday at Conlon Field in Binghamton.
“We’ve had a pretty good season,” Oneonta coach Mike Jester said. “We’ve been inconsistent offensively and with the loss of (Mark) Giallanzo (right elbow injury), we’re not quite as deep pitching, but we still have the pitching that can win us ballgames down there. If we can get some clutch hitting from our veterans, we have a decent chance at defending our title.”
Winning pitcher Pidgeon, a hard-throwing left-hander, struck out six through the first three innings. He allowed both of Windsor’s hits. Payton struck out two in the fourth inning and Bitzer had one strikeout in the fifth inning.
Pidgeon also hit an RBI triple during Oneonta’s six-run second inning. Matt Horne contributed an RBI single in that inning, which included a sacrifice fly from David Wright.
Kragh Delello had an RBI single during the Green Wave’s five-run fourth inning.
Oneonta 11, Windsor 0
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Joey Roberge (L), Austin Reed (2), Riley Theleman (4) and Corey Kennedy. Zach Pidgeon (W,3-2), Ben Payton (4), Matt Bitzer (5) and Zach King. 3B: Zach Pidgeon (O).
Sidney 10, Binghamton 10
One day after rallying for four runs in the seventh inning to beat Windsor, 7-6, Sidney scored eight runs in the seventh inning to tie Binghamton in a District Six game at Unatego that was called after eight innings because of darkness.
It will count as a tie on both teams’ records.
“No” was Sidney coach Matt Hafele’s reply when asked if he could remember being part of a bigger rally in the seventh inning.
Anything even close, coach?
“I don’t think so,” he said. “Not that I can recall.”
Sidney trailed, 10-2, heading into the last of the seventh. Jon Wingate, Quinn Barnhart and Zack Decker had RBI singles early in the inning.
With two outs, Dan Shelton hit a two-run triple that brought Sidney to 10-9. Dylan VanPelt followed with an RBI single that tied it at 10.
Neither side threatened in the eighth inning. Barnhart struck out five and allowed no runs over the final two innings.
Wingate, VanPelt and Morgan Edwards had two hits apiece for Sidney (9-8-1), which will begin play in the District Six Tournament on Saturday at Conlon Field in Binghamton.
Sidney 10, Binghamton 10
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Sean Lustig, Zack O’Malley (4), Cody Burnett (7), Matt Fiacco (7) and Zack O’Malley, Matt Walsh (4). Zack Decker, Lucas Butcher (3), Quinn Barnhart (7) and Lucas DeJoy. 3B: Dan Shelton (S), Morgan Edwards (S).