First place didn’t last long for the Oneonta Outlaws.
They came into Wednesday tied for first atop of the New York Collegiate Baseball League standings with the Olean Oilers but dropped a doubleheader against the host Sherrill Silversmiths.
The Silversmiths won the first game, 5-3 – a game scheduled for seven innings – and the second, 7-6, in a scheduled nine-inning game.
Oneonta (20-14) dropped into second place in the standings behind Olean (20-11), which won, 4-3, Wednesday over the Niagara Power in 10 innings.
The Outlaws nearly rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the second game. They scored five times in the seventh inning to pull to 7-6. Josh Treff hit a two-run double and Howard Joe had an RBI single in the inning. Jake Levine’s bases-loaded walk made it 7-6, but Mitch Hollander grounded to short to end the inning.
The Silversmiths (15-19) scored four times off of losing pitcher Jacob Cryts in the first inning. Michael Bunal homered to start the inning and Doug Putkowski later hit a two-run homer that made it 4-1.
Josh Griffith’s two-run double in the third inning extended Sherrill’s lead to 6-1 and Putkowski’s second homer of the game made it 7-1 in the fifth.
Treff went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Kraft had three hits and scored once for Oneonta, which received a 1-for-5 performance from Oneonta High graduate Chris Pindar.
In the first game, Sherrill scored five times off of relief pitcher Tsuyoshi Horibata over its last four at-bats.
Richard Guglielmi hit a three-run homer off of Horibata, a Binghamton University product, in the third inning to give the Silversmiths a 3-0 lead.
Dylin Eschenburg made it 4-0 in the fourth with an RBI single.
The Outlaws got a run back in the sixth on an RBI single by Brandon Stephens, but Sherrill answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. Eschenburg hit another RBI single to make it 5-1.
Oneonta scored twice in the seventh. Evan Harasta homered to start the inning. Ryan Tomito followed with a single. Tomito advanced to third on an error by pitcher Bunal, another Binghamton University player. Brian Kraft’s two-out single scored Tomito to make it 5-3, but Heath Holder struck out to end it.
Kraft finished with two of Oneonta’s seven hits.
The Outlaws will play another doubleheader at Sherrill today. The first game starts at 3 p.m.
PGCBLMohawk Valley 8, Cooperstown 4
The Cooperstown Hawkeyes lost the first game of a doubleheader to visiting Mohawk Valley in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
No score was reported for the second game on the PGCBL’s website.
Cooperstown (12-18) will host Glens Falls at 5 p.m. today.