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The Oneonta Outlaws split a pair of games against squads from Geneva this weekend in New York Collegiate Baseball League play.
On Sunday, the Outlaws dropped a 4-2 decision at the Geneva Twins. The day before, Oneonta beat the Geneva Red Wings, 4-3, in 13 innings at Damaschke Field.
Five Twins pitchers combined to limit the Outlaws to five hits in Sunday’s game. Brian Kraft had two of Oneonta’s hits, including a home run in the third inning that gave the Outlaws a 1-0 lead.
But Geneva scored twice in the sixth inning off of losing pitcher Jacob Cryts to take a 2-1 lead.
Cryts, who struck out seven in seven innings, issued both of his walks with one out in the sixth as Vernon Trice and Cameron Stinson reached base. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Trice then scored on Richard Moses groundout to second to tie the score at 1. Andrew Gronski followed with an RBI single that drove in Stinson.
The Twins made it 3-1 in the seventh, when back-to-back singles by Zak Worsley and Brandon Costa left runners on first and third, and Worsley scored on a squeeze bunt by John Dockins.
Oneonta (4-3) got a run back in the top of the eighth. Josh Treff walked to lead off, and Derek Hirsh and Oneonta High senior Chris Pindar followed with singles to load the bases. Treff scored on a groundout by Jake Levine.
Worsley drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth to cap the scoring.
Pindar finished 1-for-4.
In Saturday’s game, the Outlaws’ Ryan Tomita hit an RBI single with one out in the 13th inning to score Hirsch with the winning run. Hirsch opened the inning with a single and advanced to second on Levine’s sacrifice, setting up Tomita’s winning hit.
Oneonta High graduate Sean Getman went 1-for-2 with an RBI for the Outlaws. Getman’s RBI came during the Outlaws’ three-run second inning. He was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Levine also had a two-run double in the inning, giving Oneonta a 3-2 lead.
Winning pitcher Brandon Agar threw the final 4 2/3 innings. He did not allow a run, scattering five hits and striking out seven.
Geneva had 16 hits but left 19 men on base.
Hirsch and Brandon Stephens had two hits apiece for the Outlaws, who will travel to play the Geneva Red Wings at 7 tonight.
Cooperstown wins twice
The Cooperstown Hawkeyes followed a 7-6, 10-inning victory over the host Elmira Pioneers on Saturday with a 10-7 triumph over the Newark Pilots on Sunday at Doubleday Field in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
No other information on Sunday’s game was available at press time.
On Saturday, Brendan O’Reilly hit an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning for Cooperstown, which received five scoreless innings from its bullpen.
Emilio Alonso’s two-out double started the Hawkeyes’ rally in the 10th. O’Reilly followed with his third hit of the day.
Mike Jeffers, winning pitcher Luke Mould and Colton Kibler combined to keep the Pioneers scoreless over the final five innings. Jeffers went three innings, and Mould and Kibler each threw one. Kibler earned the save.
Cameron Day and Ryan Donovan had two hits apiece for the Hawkeyes, who will visit Mohawk Valley at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday.
Oneonta goes 0-3
Oneonta Post 259 dropped three Legion games in Scranton, Pa., over the weekend to fall to 7-5 on the season.
The Green Wave opened with a 5-4 loss Saturday to Latrobe, Pa., which won on an infield hit in the top of the eighth inning.
Alec Spangler started the eighth at second base via the international tiebreaker rule and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Losing pitcher Ben Moxley (1-1) struck out the next batter, then got John Saunders to hit a slow roller to the left side. Saunders beat the throw to first, allowing Spangler to score the go-ahead run.
Oneonta had Zach Pidgeon at second to begin the last of the eighth. He took third on a groundout by Zach King, but winning pitcher Jordan McCasady got the last two batters to pop out to end it.
Oneonta faced a 4-3 deficit in the seventh, but Moxley tied it with a two-out single to left field that scored pinch-runner Matt Bitzer. He ran for Peter Brunetta, who singled to start the rally.
Mark Giallanzo went 2-for-4 with a double and a run for Oneonta, which outhit Latrobe, 5-3, but committed four errors.
The Green Wave followed with a 7-3 loss to Lyndenhurst, N.J., on Sunday. David Wright’s two-run single with two out in the fifth pulled Oneonta to 6-3. Losing pitcher Kragh Delello (1-2) gave up five runs in the first two innings for Oneonta, which committed four more errors and was outhit, 11-4.
Defense continued to be problematic for Oneonta in its second game Sunday as the Green Wave made five errors in a 9-7 loss to Latrobe.
Giallanzo went 4-for-5 with two runs for Oneonta, which got a single, a double, a triple and three RBIs from Wright. Brunetta (RBI) finished 3-for-4, and Connor Tavarone and King each singled twice.
The Green Wave amassed 17 hits but stranded 14 runners, including two in the seventh inning.
Bitzer took the pitching loss, falling to 2-1 this season.
The Green Wave host Montrose, Pa., in a District Six game at 6 p.m. today at Oneonta High. Oneonta is 2-0 in District Six, which features two seven-team divisions. The top four teams in each division will advance to the District Six Tournament at the end of July.
Oneonta is the defending District Six champion.
Latrobe 5, Oneonta 4
Latrobe 300 010 01 - 5 3 1
Oneonta 002 001 10 - 4 5 4
Dave Shojaiz, Jordan McCasady (5,W) and Ed Kilksary. Zach Pidgeon, Ben Moxley (6,L,1-1) and Zach King, Peter Brunetta (5), Matt Bitzer (8). 2B: Mark Giallanzo (O). 3B: Zach Pidgeon (O).
Lyndenhurst 7, Oneonta 3
Sunday’s first game
Lyndenhurst 230 101 0 - 7 11 0
Oneonta 001 020 0 - 3 4 4
Greg Krajnik (W), Rob Conrad (6) and Matt Beilitz, Chris Meeney (6). Kragh Delello (L,1-2), Noah Sheehan (5), Connor Tavarone (7) and Matt Bitzer, Peter Brunetta (5). 2B: Mike MacMillan (L). 3B: Michael Hernandez (L).
Latrobe 9, Oneonta 7
Sunday’s second game
Oneonta 003 103 0 - 7 17 5
Latrobe 021 105 x - 9 9 2
Matt Bitzer (L,2-1), Collin Neer (6) and Peter Brunetta. Johnathan Kolling, Alec Spangler (5), Jordan Jones (6,W), Brett Zallurani (7,S) and Nick Gobel. 2B: Ray Levay (L), Ryan Bishop (L), Mark Giallanzo (O), David Wright (O) 2. 3B: Ed Kilksary (L), David Wright (O).