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July 5, 2014

Walkoff double caps Outlaws' sweep

Staff Report

Tyler Martis scored on a one-out double by Daniel Fickas in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday as the Oneonta Outlaws capped a New York Collegiate Baseball League doubleheader sweep of the visiting Cortland Crush with a 1-0 victory.

The Outlaws, who announced a season-high attendance of 4,234 fans for the second of the two free Fourth of July games at Damaschke Field, earned a 5-1 victory over the Crush in the opener. The Outlaws announced a crowd of 1,350 for the first game.

Losing pitcher Ronnie Mannella got Oneonta’s Ben Mauseth out on a comebacker before hitting Martis with a pitch in the eighth inning of the nightcap. Fickas followed with a walkoff double for the Outlaws, who improved to 14-12 to take over third place in the six-team Eastern Division.

Oneonta trails the division-leading Geneva Red Wings (16-11) by 1 1/2 games in the East and is a half-game behind the second-place Syracuse Salt Cats (16-13).

Both of Friday’s games were scheduled for seven innings, but the teams needed an extra frame to decide the second. Cortland starter Benjamin Parkes struck out eight, walked two and allowed three hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He exited after Matt Pelt singled and Kyle Brennan reached base on an error to give the Outlaws runners at first and second with one out in the seventh.

Mannella then walked Matt Bolger but got out of the bases-loaded jam when Taylor Jones hit into an inning-ending double play.

Oneonta starter Jeremy Roberts struck out four, walked two and scattered six hits before leaving a scoreless game with runners at first and second and one out in the fourth inning. Brandon Agar then struck out two of his three batters in the fourth to end the threat and followed with four innings of one-hit relief for the pitching victory. Agar struck out three and walked one.

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