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July 15, 2013

Post 259 falls to Brockville in championship game

The Daily Star

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Zach Pidgeon and Ben Payton had extra-base hits in the first inning Sunday, but Oneonta Post 259 lost the championship game of its Green Wave Wood Bat Classic, 10-3, to Brockville, Ontario, at Damaschke Field.

Pidgeon finished with two hits in the final, including an RBI triple that sparked Oneonta’s three-run first. Payton followed with an RBI double en route to a two-hit day, but winning pitcher Pierre Burns threw six scoreless innings thereafter to lead Brockville to the title.

“He had good command around the plate,” Oneonta coach Mike Jester said of Burns, who struck out two, walked one and scattered seven hits. “He’s a pretty decent pitcher.”

Stephan Coleman had four singles and two RBIs to pace Brockville, which scored four times in the first inning against Oneonta starter Connor Tavarone (0-1).

The Green Wave (18-14) opened play Sunday with a 9-2 semifinal defeat of Bradford, Pa. Winning pitcher Ben Moxley (4-3) struck out eight and walked two in a four-hitter. He also had two hits and an RBI for Oneonta, which got two hits and two runs from David Wright.

Post 259 turned a 1-0 lead into a 6-0 advantage with a five-run fifth, when it scored three times on bases-loaded walks.

The Green Wave advanced to the semifinal by beating Corning, 1-0, on Saturday at Oneonta High. Pidgeon led off the seventh inning with a triple that two-bounced the fence in right-center, then scored when the right fielder overthrew his cutoff man. The walkoff error made a winner of Matt Bitzer (5-2), who struck out one, walked one and allowed no runner to reach third in a three-hitter. Losing pitcher Nick Westgate also went the distance and limited Oneonta to three hits.

Pidgeon also scored the winning run in Post 259’s 4-3 victory in eight innings over Cranston, R.I., on Saturday at Oneonta High. Pidgeon singled with two out in the top of the eighth and stole second before Payton walked, setting up Zach King for an RBI single to center field.

Bitzer threw a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the eighth, getting two groundouts and a strikeout to secure the victory for fellow reliever Collin Neer (1-0).

The Green Wave opened tournament play with an 8-1 loss to the Montreal Titans on Friday night at Damaschke Field. Winning pitcher Brendan Quinn struck out three and walked two in a two-hitter. Pidgeon struck out eight in five innings but took the loss and fell to 2-2. Payton hit the first of his three doubles over the weekend.

Oneonta hosts Endicott at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Oneonta High.

Brockville 10, Oneonta 3

Green Wave Classic

Championship at Damaschke Field

Brockville 410 022 1 - 10 14 1

Oneonta 300 000 0 - 3 7 3

Pierre Burns (W) and Jim Doucette. Connor Tavarone (L,0-1), Ben Payton (6) and Peter Brunetta. 2B: Ben Payton (O), Jimmy Hammel (B). 3B: Zach Pidgeon (O).

Oneonta 9, Bradford 2

Green Wave Classic

Semifinal at Damaschke Field

Bradford 000 000 2 - 2 4 3

Oneonta 000 153 x - 9 8 0

Tristan James (L), Andrew Null (5), Matt Reese (6) and Ben Shaw. Ben Moxley (W,4-3) and Peter Brunetta.

Oneonta 1, Corning 0

Green Wave Classic

Saturday at Oneonta High

Corning 000 000 0 - 0 3 1

Oneonta 000 000 1 - 1 3 0

Nick Westgate (L) and Kyle Colegrove. Matt Bitzer (W,5-2) and Peter Brunetta. 2B: Jesse Swan (C). 3B: Zach Pidgeon (O).

Oneonta 4, Cranston 3

Green Wave Classic

Saturday at Oneonta High

Oneonta 002 001 01 - 4 6 1

Cranston 002 001 00 - 3 9 4

Kragh Delello, Collin Neer (4,W,1-0), Matt Bitzer (8,S,1) and Peter Brunetta. Joe Nirolico, Ryan Friar (7,L) and Garrett Demeis. 2B: Ben Payton (O), Joe Nirolico (C), Rob Doiescla (C).

Montreal 8, Oneonta 1

Friday at Damaschke Field

Montreal 002 024 0 - 8 11 3

Oneonta 010 000 0 - 1 2 1

Brendan Quinn (W) and Phil Bussierei. Zach Pidgeon (L,2-2), Noah Sheehan (6), Connor Tavarone (7) and Zach King. 2B: Ben Payton (O), Fred Lalonde (M), Youcef Sabri (M). 3B: Jimi Audain (M).