Chris Pindar hit a three-run triple Sunday and fellow Oneonta High graduate Mike Calkins earned the pitching win for the Oneonta Outlaws, who opened the New York Collegiate Baseball League’s best-of-three championship series with a 10-5 victory over the Hornell Dodgers at Damaschke Field.
The game drew an announced attendance of 1,872 fans for the top-seeded Outlaws, who advanced to the finals after clinching a best-of-three semifinal series Saturday night at Damaschke Field with a 4-3 defeat of the fifth-seeded Olean Oilers.
Heath Holder and Brandon Stephens opened the bottom of the second inning Sunday with back-to-back singles off losing pitcher Brett Buchanan, who then walked Howard Joe with one out. Pindar followed with a triple to center field, giving the Outlaws (28-16) a 3-2 lead.
Pindar made it 4-2 when he scored on a groundout to shortstop by Ryan Tomita.
Stephens and Tomita each hit sacrifice flies in the third and fourth innings, respectively, before second-seeded Hornell scored twice in the fifth off Oneonta reliever Jacob Cryts to pull to 6-5.
Oneonta added two unearned runs in the sixth as Jake Levine and Pindar scored when Hornell’s Chris Roeder misplayed a grounder by Mitch Hollander.
That was more than enough for Calkins, who relieved Cryts with one out and a runner at second in the top of the sixth. Calkins allowed one hit but faced the minimum over his 3 2/3 innings of relief thanks to a seventh-inning double play that followed a leadoff single by Aaron Haag.
Calkins struck out three and walked none in earning his first NYCBL postseason victory. After going 1-1 with a 7.83 ERA during the regular season, Calkins has yet to allow a run in 5 2/3 innings of postseason relief.
Stephens (three RBIs) and Hollander (two RBIs) had three hits apiece for the Outlaws, who got two hits and two runs from Holder.