It’s been said the toughest thing to do in sports is hit a baseball, but during the Oneonta Outlaws’ 4-0 start to the New York Collegiate Baseball League season, hitting has been a breeze.
The Outlaws’ latest victory, a 9-6 triumph at the Syracuse Junior Chiefs on Sunday, brought with it 16 hits. They also defeated the Sherrill Silversmiths, 9-6, on Saturday at Damaschke Field. Oneonta had 13 hits in that game.
During their 4-0 start, defending NYCBL champion Oneonta has averaged 8 1/2 runs.
Shortstop Ben Mauseth has led the way for the Outlaws. He already has 10 RBIs and six steals to go along with a .444 batting average. Ramon Osuna Sanchez has chipped in with a .467 average, including a home run and three RBIs.
The Outlaws’ starting lineup Sunday included three guys hitting better than .400 and five hitting .308 or higher.
Against the Junior Chiefs, Oneonta scored five times in the fourth inning to take a 7-0 lead.
Carson Waln drove in the first run of the inning with a single. Matt Haggerty followed with a two-run single. Matthew Bolger then hit an RBI groundout and Mauseth capped the inning with an RBI single.
Oneonta extended its margin to 9-0 with two runs in the fifth inning.
Ethan Evanko earned the win for the Outlaws. He threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Evanko struck out three and walked three.
Oneonta High graduate Ben Moxley, The Daily Star’s Player of the Year in 2012 when the Yellowjackets won the Class B state title, made his first appearance for the Outlaws. He pitched the eighth inning, allowing one run on one hit and two walks.
Brandon Agar also allowed a run in the ninth inning, on one hit and two walks. Outlaws pitchers combined to walk seven.
Osuna Sanchez, Daniel Fickas and Kody Ruedisili had three hits apiece for the Outlaws, who will play a doubleheader at Cortland that begins at 5 p.m. today.