Howard Joe went 3-for-4 and Brian Kraft drove in three runs Thursday night at Damaschke Field as the host Oneonta Outlaws beat the Olean Oilers, 9-2, in the first game of their New York Collegiate Baseball League semifinal series.
The fifth-seeded Oilers (23-19) will host the second game of the best-of-3 postseason semifinal series at 4 p.m. today. Should Olean win today, a winner-take-all third game will follow Saturday back at Damaschke Field at a time to be determined.
Top-seeded and regular-season champion Oneonta (26-15) fell into a 1-0 hole in the second inning when Mike Fahrman doubled off Outlaws starter Luke Crumley, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder's choice by Kody Johnston.
Oneonta answered in the bottom of the second on back-to-back hits by Joe and Spencer Duffie. Joe doubled to left field with two out, then scored on a single to left by Duffie.
The Outlaws snapped the 1-all tie with four runs in the third inning.
Oneonta High graduate Chris Pindar sparked the rally with a lead-off single to left, and Jake Levine's single to right gave the Outlaws runners at first and second. Both runners scored when Kraft doubled to left for a 3-1 lead.
After an out, Kraft stole third to set up Mitch Hollander for an RBI groundout to shortstop that made it 4-1.
Heath Holder then drew a walk from Olean starter Nick Donofry. Holder stole second and scored on a single to right by Joe, putting Oneonta ahead, 5-1.
Ryan Tomita made it 6-1 in the fourth when he took home on the back end of a double-steal. Tomita walked, advanced to second when Pindar was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a fielder's choice by Levine. Pindar was forced out at second on Levine's grounder to first, leaving Oneonta with runners at the corners and one out. Levine was thrown out attempting to steal second, but Tomita stole home on the same play.
Lee Grosscup singled in Drew Pirritano in the sixth to cap Olean's scoring.
The Outlaws scored three more runs in the eighth inning. Duffie came in on a bases-loaded walk to Levine, and Tomita and Pindar scored on consecutive sacrifice flies by Kraft and Josh Treff, respectively.
Winning pitcher Crumley allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out two.
Jacob Cryts followed with three innings of scoreless relief. He struck out five, walked two and allowed one hit for the postseason save.
Duffie finished 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Oneonta, which received two runs apiece from Pindar and Tomita. Pindar went 1-for-3 but was hit by pitches twice.
Oneonta, which had a first-round bye for the playoffs, announced a paid attendance of 1,981.
Hawkeyes 8, Eagles 2
Visiting Cooperstown beat East Division rival Glens Falls in the opening game of a doubleheader in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
The second game was not completed by press time.
No other information was available.
The Hawkeyes (14-24), who are last in the four-team East Division, visit Adirondack for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.
Cooperstown's Ben Hall and Nate Lotze each singled during the East Division's 7-3 victory over the West Division in the PGCBL All-Star Game on Wednesday at Newark.
Hall started at second base for the East and led off the top of the third inning with a single to center field. He later scored on a groundout to give the East a 6-2 lead.
Lotze took over in left field in the bottom of the fourth and led off the ninth with an infield single to the third-base side.
Hall went 1-for-3 for the East, which received a 1-for-2 effort from Lotze.
Hawkeyes pitcher Eann Cox struck out one and walked two in a scoreless second inning for the East, which followed a two-run first inning with three runs in the second.