Ben Moxley’s two-run single in the sixth inning put Oneonta Post 259 ahead for keeps in an 8-4 District Six Tournament losers’ bracket Legion baseball victory that eliminated Sidney on Sunday at Conlon Field in Binghamton.
After Sidney tied the score at 4 with two runs in the top of the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Josh Feyerabend and an RBI single by Dylan VanPelt, defending District Six champion Oneonta scored four runs in the bottom of the inning.
Moxley’s single made it 6-4. Collin Neer then hit an RBI groundout and winning pitcher David Wright capped the inning with an RBI single.
The double-elimination tournament continues today at Conlon Field.
Oneonta (21-16) will play Endicott Post 82 at 5 p.m. in an elimination game. If the Green Wave win, they’ll play Binghamton Post 1645 or Vestal Post 89 in the losers’ bracket final at 8 p.m.
Should Oneonta win both games today, it would play in the championship bracket Wednesday against Binghamton or Vestal. Oneonta would have to beat the winners’ bracket champion twice. The first game would start at 5 p.m. followed by a second, if necessary, at 8 p.m.
Oneonta coach Mike Jester said left-hander Zach Pidgeon will get the start against Endicott today.
The Green Wave opened the tournament Saturday with a 15-3 win over Binghamton Post 80. Oneonta then lost, 14-8, to Vestal in its second game Saturday.
Against Sidney, Wright went all nine innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. He struck out 11 and walked five.
“He got into some deep counts that pushed his pitch count up,” Jester said of Wright, who is 4-1. “As the game went on, his fastball had more pop and his curveball had more sharpness to it. Overall, he pitched pretty well, but I wish he didn’t throw as many pitches as he did.”