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April 19, 2014

Big 5th inning lifts OHS over Unatego

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Kragh Delello, Kevin Smith and Noah Sheehan combined on a four-hitter and Oneonta High scored three times in the fifth inning of a 5-1 non-league baseball victory over visiting Unatego on Friday.

With the score tied at 1 in the fifth inning, Tyler Horne singled off of Jared Jones to start the inning. Bennett Eggler and Collin Neer followed with infield hits to load the bases. Josh Garufi then hit an RBI single to left that gave OHS a 2-1 lead. The Yellowjackets then scored on a wild pitch and Peter Brunetta capped the inning with an RBI single.

Unatego scored an unearned run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Lucas DeJoy. Kellen Komenda, who went 2-for-3, led off with a single, took second on an error and third on a groundout.

The Yellowjackets (5-3) tied it in the bottom of the first. Garufi doubled with two outs and scored on Brunetta’s single. Garufi and Brunetta had two hits apiece.

Delello worked the first five innings for OHS. He struck out five and walked none. Winning pitcher Smith went the next two innings, with two strikeouts and one walk, and Sheehan struck out the side in the seventh inning.

“I think we’re gaining confidence,” Oneonta coach Joe Hughes said of his team’s pitching staff. “If we continue to learn to pitch and command the strike zone and throw different pitches at different times, our pitching will certainly prove to be a major part of our team.”

Oneonta will host Norwich on Tuesday.

Unatego 5, B-G 1

Freshman Seth Burnham struck out 16 in a three-hitter and visiting Unatego scored four times while two were out in the seventh inning to win in the Midstate Athletic Conference.

“He pounded the outside corner and he kept our kids on our heels with his curveball,” Bainbridge-Guilford coach Tim Mattingly said of Burnham, who also walked two. “He was throwing it by us and pounding the outside corner. There were a number of called third strikes. He threw his curveball for strikes and had great pop on his fastball.”

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