The Daily Star
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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.
Ray’s bases-loaded double highlighted a five-run sixth for Cooperstown (9-5), which is second to the Albany Dutchmen (10-3) in the five-team East Division of the PGCBL.
Winning pitcher Eann Cox (4-0) struck out one, walked four and allowed three runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. Luke Mould gave up one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, setting up Colton Kibler for the save. Kibler threw a hitless ninth for his third save of the season.
Eric Kalman went 2-for-4 for Cooperstown, which hosts Amsterdam at 5 p.m. today at Doubleday Field.
Endicott 6, Oneonta 5
David Wright went 3-for-3 with an RBI, but Oneonta Post 259 lost an eight-inning game to host Endicott Post 82 at Union-Endicott High.
Zach Kollar gave Endicott a walkoff victory with a one-out, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth. His winning hit followed a leadoff walk issued by losing pitcher Matt Bitzer, who struck out three, walked two and allowed three hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief.
“Bitzer came in with runners at first and second and none out in the fourth inning and he retired the side in order,” Oneonta coach Mike Jester said. “He kept us in the game and got some big outs in the sixth and seventh innings. I’m starting to like the way he performs on the mound.”
Bitzer (2-2) took over for starting pitcher Zach Pidgeon, who left with the score tied at 5.
Ben Moxley had two hits and two runs for the Green Wave (9-6), who got two hits and an RBI from Mark Giallanzo but suffered their first loss against a District Six opponent. Defending champion Oneonta fell to 4-1 while Endicott improved to 5-0 in District Six play.
Giallanzo and Collin Neer doubled for Post 259, which hosts Endicott at 6 p.m. Thursday at Oneonta High.
Endicott 6, Oneonta 5
Oneonta ..... 410 000 00 - 5 9 4
Endicott ..... 221 000 01 - 6 7 1
Zach Pidgeon, Matt Bitzer (4,L,2-2) and Zach King, Peter Brunetta (8). Jared Mostine, Austin Malarkey (8,W) and Dylan Nardocci. 2B: Dylan Hayes (E), Mark Giallanzo (O), Collin Neer (O).
Sidney 8, Cooperstown 3
Lucas Butcher went 3-for-5 with two runs to lead visiting Sidney to a victory at Doubleday Field.
Dylan VanPelt also scored twice for Sidney, which received a combined five-hitter from winning pitcher Zack Decker and reliever Lucas DeJoy.
Decker struck out three, walked three and gave up five hits in six innings. He also had an RBI double — the only extra-base hit of the game — to highlight a four-run first inning.
Keegan Wheelock-Tanner paced Cooperstown with two hits and an RBI.
Sidney (5-3) hosts Montrose, Pa., at 6 p.m. Thursday at Unatego.
Cooperstown (1-2) is off until Monday, when it hosts Unadilla Valley at 10 a.m. back at Doubleday Field.
Sidney 8, Cooperstown 3
at Doubleday Field
Sidney ..... 403 010 0 - 8 7 3
Cooperstown ..... 100 002 0 - 3 5 4
Zack Decker (W,1-0), Lucas DeJoy (7) and Patrick Vibbard, Dan Shelton (7). Sawyer Haney (L), Brett Adams (3), Ethan Bliss (5) and Zack Ruszkowski, Scott Segit (5). 2B: Zack Decker (S).