Connor Tavarone had to settle for a single Wednesday at Damaschke Field.
At least it was of the walkoff variety as Tavarone’s deep shot to left field with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in Noah Sheehan with the winning run, giving Oneonta Post 259 an 8-7 Legion baseball victory over Binghamton Post 80.
“He just tagged a fastball,” said Oneonta coach Mike Jester, whose team faced a 7-6 deficit entering the bottom of the eighth. “He got a fastball he could handle and he turned on it. It was a pretty deep shot to left field that probably would have been a double or a triple.”
Chris Pindar opened the Green Wave’s last at-bats with a walk against losing pitcher Steve Novitske. Pindar then stole second and took third on the same play as the throw down from Binghamton catcher Austin Whited ended up in center field. Sheehan followed with an RBI single up the middle to tie the score at 7.
Keaton Mark then reached base when his sacrifice-bunt attempt was misplayed at third base, and Lucas DeJoy walked to load the bases with none out. Two outs later, Tavarone delivered the winning hit.
“We never gave up,” Jester said. “We kept whittling away at the lead. We just played seven games in six days, and it was a pretty good run for us.”
Oneonta trailed, 6-1, after 4 1/2 innings but scored in each of its last four at-bats. The Green Wave cut its deficit to 6-3 in the fifth behind an RBI double from Sheehan and a run-scoring single from DeJoy.
A one-out double by Carver put runners at second and third for Oneonta in the sixth. Pindar followed with a sacrifice fly before Mark drove in Carver with a two-out single to pull the Green Wave to 6-5.