Oneonta High graduate Nate Eastman kick-started a four-run rally with a two-out single in the ninth inning as the Sherrill Silversmiths defeated the Oneonta Outlaws, 4-1, Friday night at Damaschke Field.
With Oneonta leading, 1-0, Outlaws closer Brandon Agar retired the first two batters in the ninth. Eastman, a 2010 OHS graduate, followed hit a bouncing single up the middle. Sherrill followed with four more singles in the inning.
Oneonta starter Luke Crumley threw eight shutout innings.
“He didn’t have real, real good stuff, but he had good stuff,” Outlaws coach Joe Hughes said of Crumley, who threw 115 pitches. “He did everything a starting pitcher is supposed to do.”
Chris Pindar, who graduated from OHS in June, had an RBI groundout in the second that scored the Outlaws’ lone run. Oneonta hitters mustered three hits against Sherrill’s Josh Griffith.
“He mixed hits pitches really well,” Hughes said.
The second-place Outlaws (22-15) will travel to Sherrill at 7 p.m. Saturday. It’ll mark the sixth straight game between the teams.
All-star selection Eann Cox led the Cooperstown Hawkeyes to a 6-2 Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League victory over the Albany Dutchmen in the completion of a suspended game from June 30, but the Hawkeyes lost the regularly scheduled game, 4-3, at Doubleday Field.
Cox, who’ll represent the East Division in the PGCBL All-Star game Wednesday at Newark, started the June 30 game and had nine strikeouts through four innings when the game was suspended. Cox (5-0) had five more strikeouts Friday in a complete-game victory.
Cooperstown led, 3-1, at the time of the suspension.
Ben Hall, another Hawkeyes All-Star, scored in the sixth inning to extend Cooperstown’s lead to 4-1.
In the second game, Matt Dacey’s home run in the sixth inning gave Albany a 3-1 lead. Dacey homered again in the ninth to make it 4-1.
Cooperstown rallied in the ninth, loading the bases on a walk and two singles with no outs. Ryan Hanrahan’s squeeze bunt scored Bryce Anglin to make it 4-3.
But with one out, Ryan Donovan lined out to right fielder Derrick Armstrong, who doubled a Cooperstown runner off of first base to end it.
The Hawkeyes (13-20) will visit Watertown at 7 p.m. Saturday.