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July 24, 2013

Outlaws clinch regular-season NYCBL crown

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Hollander finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.

Hollander also went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in the second game. He led off Oneonta’s three-run third inning with a triple and scored on Joe’s single to tie it at 1. Joe scored the second run of the inning on a balk by losing pitcher Shane Cochran. Duffie, who singled earlier in the inning, scored on a dropped third-strike to give Oneonta a 3-1 lead.

After the Salt Cats scored in the third inning to make it 3-2, the Outlaws plated three runs in the fifth. Josh Treff hit an RBI single and Hollander followed with a two-run double that capped the scoring.

Winning pitcher Matt Milburn (5-1) allowed two runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out one and walked one.

Hughes said starting pitchers such as Milburn, NYCBL Pitcher of the Week Malcolm Purdy and Luke Crumley have keyed his team’s success this season.

“The success of our team and any good team is solid pitching, good defense and timely hitting,” Hughes said. “It starts with starting pitching and I think we have some of the best starting pitching in the league. Hopefully, our good pitching continues in the playoffs.”

Alec Romanowski and Heath Holder each followed with scoreless innings of relief for Oneonta.

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