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July 24, 2013

Outlaws clinch regular-season NYCBL crown

Staff Report

A doubleheader sweep of the Syracuse Salt Cats on Tuesday gave the Oneonta Outlaws the best regular-season record in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and the top seed for the upcoming playoffs.

The Outlaws won the first game, 5-4, and took the second, 6-2, in a pair of seven-inning games at Le Moyne College. Oneonta finished the regular season with a 25-15 record — two games ahead of second-place Hornell in the 11-team league.

“We had the best record in the regular season and we’re looking forward to the playoffs,” said Outlaws manager Joe Hughes, whose team will begin a best-of-3 semifinal series against the Olean Oilers or the Syracuse Junior Chiefs at 7 p.m. Thursday at Damaschke Field.

The fourth-seeded Junior Chiefs (22-18) and the fifth-seeded Oilers (22-18) will play a one-game playoff at 4 p.m. today at Syracuse. Also at 4 p.m. today, the sixth-seeded Salt Cats (21-19) and the third-seeded Wellsville Nitros (22-18) will play a one-game playoff at Wellsville, with the winner facing No. 2 Hornell (23-17) on Thursday in the other best-of-3 semifinal series.

The remainder of the NYCBL playoff schedule has not been announced.

In Monday’s first game, Mitch Hollander’s RBI single in the sixth inning snapped a 4-all tie. Evan Harasta, who went 3-for-3, doubled to start the inning. He was replaced by pinch-runner Spencer Duffie, who advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Hollander’s single.

Oneonta tied the score at 4 in the fourth inning, when Harasta singled, went to second on Howard Joe’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Ryan Tomita’s double.

Three Oneonta pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Starter Mike Calkins, an Oneonta High graduate, allowed four runs on three hits over 41/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked three. Winning pitcher Evan James followed with 12/3 innings of hitless relief, and Brandon Agar threw a scoreless seventh inning to get the save.

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