Oneonta Post 259 is no longer the defending District Six Legion baseball champion.
The Green Wave’s season ended Wednesday night with a 10-0 mercy-rule loss in eight innings to Vestal Post 89 in the title game of the double-elimination District Six Tournament at Conlon Field in Binghamton.
The game, which was not completed by press time Wednesday night, followed Oneonta’s 2-1 victory over Binghamton Post 1645 in the losers’ bracket final earlier Wednesday.
“They were locked in,” Oneonta coach Mike Jester said of Vestal, which jumped to a 7-0 lead after four innings against Green Wave starter Ben Moxley (6-4). “Hats off to them. I don’t think they’re that much better than us, but they battled Moxley terrifically at the plate.”
Moxley earned two of his four strikeouts in a 1-2-3 first inning but gave up a leadoff single to Sean Mullins in the top of the second. Jake Spellane followed with an RBI double for a 1-0 lead, but Moxley escaped further damage by getting the next three batters out.
“In the third inning, they kind of broke our back,” Jester said.
Vestal rode back-to-back one-out singles to a three-run third. Oneonta (23-17) then made two straight errors, leading to three unearned runs and a 4-0 cushion for Vestal.
“We could have got out of the inning down, 1-0, but they really battled Ben at the plate,” Jester said. “He threw 80 pitches against Binghamton Post 80 on Saturday and 50 pitches in relief against Endicott on Monday, so he’s been a workhorse.”
Casy Kies went 4-for-5 with three runs and an RBI for Vestal, which got two RBIs in a 3-for-5 effort from Mullins.
Vestal starter Ryan Franz struck out two, walked one and scattered three hits — a double by Ben Payton and singles from Collin Neer and Zach King — in seven innings. Reliever Austin Beck gave up a single to Matt Horne but pitched a scoreless eighth to secure the victory for Vestal, which dropped the Green Wave into the losers’ bracket with a 14-8 triumph Saturday.