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April 5, 2013

UV edged in baseball opener; Rockets hold on

The Daily Star

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Unadilla Valley played baseball to the bitter end Thursday.

The Storm failed to get an out in the seventh inning, allowing three runs on two errors, a triple and a wild pitch for a 4-3 season-opening loss to Midstate Athletic Conference host Greene.

“Our defense kind of flopped,” said UV coach Tom Locke, whose team took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. “We had two errors to start the inning, then Alex Kolisky tripled.”

Kolisky’s hit off reliever UV Brenden Brooker drove in two unearned runs to tie the score. Kolisky then scored the winner on a wild pitch by Brooker, who relieved UV starter Nate Shackelton with one out in the fifth inning.

Shackelton struck out three, walked four and gave up four of Greene’s six hits. He also went 2-for-3 with a run, driving in two with a third-inning double that gave the Storm a 3-0 lead.

Andrew Radke, who also doubled, went 3-for-3 for UV’s other hits.

Joe Browning earned the pitching victory in relief for the Trojans, who scored once in the bottom of the third.

UV visits Bainbridge-Guilford at 4:30 p.m. today for a MAC game.

Greene 4, UV 3

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Nate Shackelton, Brenden Brooker (5,L,0-1) and Andrew Radke. Lane Whittaker, Joe Browning (6,W,1-0) and Kurt Bartholomew. 2B: Nate Shackelton (U), Andrew Radke (U). 3B: Alex Kolisky (G).

SV 8, Unatego 0

Jared Haskell struck out 10 and walked one after giving off a leadoff single to Unatego’s Kellen Komenda to start the season opener for both teams, lifting host Susquehanna Valley to a non-league victory.

“We didn’t get another hit until the seventh inning,” said Unatego coach Frank Microni, who got a double from Josh Feyerabend for the Spartans other hit.

David Mathews went 4-for-4 for the Sabers, who scored four times in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead.

Komenda suffered the pitching loss for Unatego, which visits Sherburne-Earlville for a non-leaguer at 3:30 p.m. today.

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Kellen Komenda (L,0-1), Alex Walley (3), Josh Feyerabend (6) and Lucas DeJoy. Jared Haskell (W,1-0), Justin Caroway (6) and Vince LaMantia. 2B: Josh Feyerabend (U), Austin Whited (S).

Hancock 6, Davenport 1

Ryan Smith struck out 17 and walked one in a one-hitter as defending Section Four Class D champion Hancock spoiled Davenport’s season opener with a non-league road victory.

“He’s not the kid you want to see the first time out of the gym,” Davenport coach Jim Wolfe said of Smith, who allowed a leadoff single to Travis Briggs in the fourth inning. Briggs later scored when Hancock threw the ball away on a steal by losing pitcher Josh Davi, who walked. “He’s their ace, a big lefty who threw the ball hard. We had a hard time catching up.”

Smith’s batterymate, Eli Holton, hit a grand slam in a five-run fourth inning that put Hancock ahead, 6-0.

Davenport visits Morris for a non-leaguer at noon Saturday.

Hancock 6, Davenport 1

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Ryan Smith (W,1-0) and Eli Holton. Josh Davi (L,0-1), Brett Hedman (4), Andrew Kiel (6) and Cody Wamsley. 2B: M. Cannon (H). HR: Eli Holton (H).

Margaretville 4, Gilboa 3

Kyle Short struck out 13 and walked three in six innings and Matt VanValkenburgh earned the save despite giving up a run in the seventh as Margaretville opened its season with a non-league road win over Delaware League rival Gilboa.

VanValkenburgh contributed a two-run single in the second inning for the Blue Devils, who got a 2-for-4 effort from Mitch Hull.

Christian Cooper homered in the sixth for Gilboa, who stranded runners at second and third in the sixth inning and was held to one run in the seventh after loading the bases with none out.

Cooper went 3-for-4 for the Wildcats, who received two hits apiece from Cole Fancher and Nick Vogiatzis.

Losing pitcher Hunter Grace struck out eight and walked two. He was relieved by eighth-grader Fancher, who struck out four and walked none over the last two innings.

Gilboa visits Stamford for a non-leaguer on Tuesday.

Margaretville 4, Gilboa 3

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Kyle Short (W,1-0), Matt VanValkenburgh (7,S,1) and Cooper Reither. Hunter Grace (L,0-1), Cole Fancher (6) and Nick Vogiatzis. HR: Christian Cooper (G).

Roxbury 11, Stamford 10

Greg Keating hit a two-run homer with two out in the top of the seventh, but winning pitcher Eric Shultis got a game-ending strikeout with the bases loaded to secure a Delaware League victory for host Roxbury.

The Rockets got the first two outs of the seventh before Shultis walked the No. 9 batter, setting up Keating’s homer down the left-field line. Matt Anderson then singled and Greg Mattice was intentionally walked, but a passed ball advanced the runners and led to another intentional walk to Erik Ehrhart. Shultis got out of the bases-loaded jam by striking out Geoff Mattice with a full-count fastball at his knees.

The Rockets trailed, 8-3, before scoring eight times int he fifth. Jacob Davis keyed Roxbury’s big inning with a bases-loaded single that drove in two runs. Tyler Faulkner contributed an RBI double in the fifth, when Roxbury got four hits and took advantage of two Stamford errors.

Losing pitcher Matt Anderson went 2-for-3 with three runs for the Indians, who received two doubles and two RBIs from Dustin King.

Sam Nash had two hits, a run and an RBI for the Rockets, who host Hunter-Tannersville on Tuesday.

Roxbury 11, Stamford 10

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Erik Ehrhart, Matt Anderson (5,L,0-1) and Greg Keating. Nick Hamil, Sam Nash (3), Eric Shultis (5,W,1-0) and Spencer Hinkley. 2B: Erik Ehrhart (S), Dustin King (S) 2, Will Rendler (R), Sam Nash (R), Tyler Faulkner (R). HR: Greg Keating (S).

OHS to host opener today

Defending Class B state champion Oneonta High will start its season with a non-league home game at 4 p.m. today against Cobleskill.

The Yellowjackets were scheduled to open at Cobleskill, but the game was moved to OHS because Cobleskill’s field is unplayable, OHS coach and athletic director Joe Hughes said Thursday.


Oneonta 7, CF 0

Emerson Kelby’s 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Evan Piccano at first singles highlighted an Oneonta High sweep of Southern Tier Athletic Conference host Chenango Forks.

Aaron Earle-Richardson, Boru Jerry Li and McKenna Rowe also won singles matches for the Yellowjackets, who received doubles wins from Stijn van Pel and Griffin Rule, Chris Lentner and John Scott, and Nicole van der Sommen and Emily Harter.

OHS hosts Windsor at 4 p.m. today in Wilber Park.

Oneonta 7, CF 0

at Chenango Forks

Singles: Emerson Kelby (O) def. Evan Picciano 6-1, 6-2; Aaron Earle-Richardson (O) def. Seamus Houlihan 6-1, 6-2; Boru Jerry Li (O) def. Joey LoPiccolo 7-5, 6-1; McKenna Rowe (O) def. Matt Jones 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles: Stijn van Pel and Griffin Rule (O) def. Chris Ollerenshaw and Robert Wildoner 6-2, 6-2; Chris Lentner and John Scott (O) def. Mike Diekow and Jacob Flynn 6-2, 6-4; Nicole van der Sommen and Emily Harter (O) def. Tyler Clements and Jacob French 6-0, 6-1.

H-P 3, Cooperstown 2

Jimmy Anania and Jason Cadwalder won in straight sets at first and second singles, respectively, but visiting Cooperstown dropped a match in the Center State Conference.

Holland-Patent earned a point by winning at third singles, then won both doubles events despite getting pushed to three sets in each.

H-P 3, Cooperstown 2

at Holland-Patent

Singles: Jimmy Anania (C) def. Eric Armitage 6-0, 6-1; Jason Cadwalder (C) def. Colton Covich 6-3, 6-4; Nicholas Finn (H) def. Will Cadwalder 6-2, 6-3.

Doubles: John Cushman and Taylor Short (H) def. Max Ofer and Lyman Townsend 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; Andy Haier and Dan Redmond (H) def. Kayla Haggerty and Rene Friedman 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

Devils win two

Host Margaretville started its season with Delaware League wins over Windham, 4-3, and Davenport, 7-0. The Blue Devils won the latter via forfeit.

Margaretville’s James Warner, Dylan Shaffer and Brandon Belaski won singles matches against Windham, which also fell at first doubles.

The Blue Devils (2-0) visit Hunter-Tannersville on Monday.

Margaretville 4, Windham 3

at Margaretville

Singles: James Warner (M) def. Jeremy Torres 9-2; Dylan Shaffer (M) def. Malcolm Seamans 9-3; Brandon Belaski (M) def. Eddie Moran 9-7; Joe Pelham (W) def. Michael Conroy 9-6; Katie Exum (W) def. Yair Sanchez 10-8 (8-6).

Doubles: Rhiannon Kearns and Annette Hogan (M) def. Dalton Mannerud and David Sanders 9-7; N/A and N/A (W) forfeit.

Margaretville 7, Davenport 0

at Margaretville

Singles: James Warner (M) forfeit; Dylan Shaffer (M) forfeit; Brandon Belaski (M) forfeit; Michael Conroy (M) forfeit.

Doubles: Yair Sanchez and N/A (M) forfeit; Annette Hogan and Harrison Haynes (M) forfeit; Lindsay Day and Rhiannon Kearns (M) forfeit.