Frank D’Agostino doubled twice in a 4-for-5 effort Tuesday, leading the Oneonta Outlaws to an 11-6 New York Collegiate Baseball League victory over the Syracuse Junior Chiefs at Damaschke Field.
D’Agostino also drove in a game-high three runs and scored twice for the Outlaws, who improved to 9-7 in front of 1,402 fans.
Oneonta, which won its second straight game, stands second behind the Sherrill Silversmiths in the Eastern Division. Sherrill remained at 12-9 atop the division as its game Tuesday at the Geneva Red Wings was postponed until July 25.
Ben Mauseth opened the scoring in the first inning after drawing a two-out walk. He followed with his league-leading 24 stolen base of the season before Ramon Osuna Sanchez tripled to give the Outlaws a 1-0 lead.
D’Agostino doubled to lead off the second inning and made it 2-0 on a single by Tyler Martis. The Outlaws followed with four runs in the third inning as Osuna Sanchez hit an RBI single, Kyle Brennan and D’Agostino hit run-scoring doubles, and Kody Ruedisili drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-0.
The Junior Chiefs (7-13) responded with three runs in the fourth, but D’Agostino had an RBI single to put the Outlaws up, 7-3, in the bottom frame.
Oneonta built a three-run fifth on RBI doubles from Taylor Jones and Brennan, and a sacrifice fly by Mauseth.
Syracuse scored three more times in the sixth to chase Oneonta starter Taylor Hicks, who struck out six and walked three in 52/3 innings. Brandon Agar took over and threw 31/3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out five and walking none in the process.
Brennan and D’Agostino joined forces for the final run in the bottom of the eighth. Brennan tripled to lead off Oneonta’s last at-bats and scored on a single by D’Agostino. Agar retired the side in order, all on infield outs, to secure the victory.