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July 7, 2014

Post 259 goes 0-3 at tourney

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The Broome County Hall of Fame Tournament was anything but kind to Oneonta Post 259, which capped an 0-3 performance in round-robin play with a 6-3 Legion baseball loss to Hamilton, N.J., on Friday at Conlon Field in Binghamton.

All four of Oneonta’s hits Friday came in the first inning, when the Green Wave took a 3-0 lead on an RBI single by Noah Sheehan and a two-run single by Brock Eichler.

“We jumped on top of them and their coach got all fired up,” said Oneonta coach Mike Jester, whose team fell behind, 4-3, when Hamilton’s P.J. Wiegartner homered off of losing pitcher Keaton Mark in the bottom of the third inning. “He kept saying they had to start playing with more energy. They might have been looking past us a little bit, but who knows?”

Connor Tavarone and Josh Garufi also singled for the Green Wave, which left the bases loaded in the first inning and stranded two baserunners in the second and two more in the seventh. Hamilton scored once in the first inning and twice in the second before taking the lead for keeps with two more runs in the third.

Wiegartner went 3-for-3 for Hamilton, which finished with eight hits. Winning pitcher Anthony Francioso struck out four and walked five in five innings, setting up Chris Geraci for a two-inning save. Geraci struck out five, walked one and allowed no hits in two scoreless innings of relief.

Friday’s loss followed Oneonta’s 11-0 setback in six innings to Cherry Hill, N.J., on Thursday at Union-Endicott.

Cherry Hill starter Connor Hanratty struck out six, walked four and allowed singles to Collin Neer, Peter Brunetta and Josh Davi in a complete-game victory.

Batterymate Mike MacNair tripled, singled twice and drove in two runs for Cherry Hill, which chased Oneonta starter Brock Eichler after three innings.

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