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April 6, 2013

OHS two-hits Cobleskill in opener

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Montgomery, another lefty, worked a 1-2-3 sixth, and left-hander Pindar struck out three and walked two to close it.

Pindar sounded impressed by his younger teammates on the mound.

“Throwing strikes with young guys is definitely important because you’re not going to blow the ball by hitters,” he said. “You have to have good location.”

Cobleskill starter Veley struck out four over the first two innings, but walks hurt him during Oneonta’s three-run third.

Veley walked No. 9 hitter Mike Wolstenholme to begin the third. After Pindar dropped a single into left, Jonathan Vega walked to load the bases.

Zach King then hit a hard liner to left. Nick Bird made a diving catch, but Wolstenholme tagged from third to score the first run. Sheehan followed with an RBI groundout to short, and Garufi scored the third run on an infield single. Garufi hit a hard comebacker that deflected off of Veley.

In the fourth inning, Pindar walked with two outs and scored on Vega’s lined double into the left-center field gap.

Oneonta capped the scoring in the sixth, when Collin Neer walked, stole second, went to third on a groundout by Matt Bitzer and — after Pindar was hit by a pitch — scored on a double-steal.

Seniors Pindar, Vega and King combined to go 3-for-6 with three runs, two RBIs, five steals, four walks and one hit batsman.

“Those three and Mason, they have to have good years for us and they certainly did today,” Hughes said. “Pindar is our spark plug in a lot of ways. He hits the ball and he can run. He was stealing bases. Vega had good at-bats and King hit the ball hard.”

Defensively, Garufi handled all four of his chances cleanly, including a back-handed stop in the hole in the seventh that resulted in a force-out at second.

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