Jake Levine scored the decisive run in the first inning Tuesday, leading the host Oneonta Outlaws of the New York Collegiate Baseball League to a 1-0 exhibition victory at Damaschke Field over the Albany Athletics of the Albany Twilight League.
Levine drew a leadoff walk from 2006 Oneonta High graduate Don Potter in the bottom of the first, moved to second on an error by third baseman Dan Barbero and advanced to third on a one-out walk to Heath Holder. Levine scored when Potter hit Evan Harasta with the bases loaded. Potter got Howard Joe to pop out to first and struck out Spencer Duffie to escape further damage.
Losing pitcher Potter struck out two and walked two in two hitless innings for the Athletics, whose roster includes former Oneonta State standouts Chris Salamida and Chris Smith. Salamida, who played minor league baseball from 2006-2012, went 0-for-3 in the leadoff spot for Albany. Smith threw a hitless inning of relief in the fifth.
Outlaws starter Alec Romanowski struck out nine, walked none and scattered three hits in 6 1/3 innings. He was relieved by Zach Moreau with one out and a runner at first in the seventh. Moreau faced two batters, striking out Drew Cody and getting Derick Horn to fly out to center to end it for the save.
Joe went 2-for-3 to lead Oneonta, which also got a hit from Harasta.
The Outlaws return to NYCBL play at 3 p.m. today, when they visit the Sherrill Silversmiths for a doubleheader. Oneonta is tied for third in the 11-team NYCBL with the Geneva Red Wings and the Syracuse Salt Cats. All three teams are 7-6.
The Athletics, who won the 2012 American Amateur Baseball Congress title, are 12-0 atop the Haack Division of the Twilight League.
Hawkeyes 5, Eagles 3
Nathan Lotze went 3-for-4 with a run and Nolan Ray had a two-run double to lead the Cooperstown Hawkeyes to a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League victory on the road.