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April 23, 2014

Sidney baseball rallies in seventh

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Brandon Bessett hit a walkoff, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Sidney to a 4-3 Midstate Athletic Conference victory over Deposit on Tuesday at Damaschke Field.

Anthony Ruling reached on an infield error to start Sidney’s seventh. Alex Hoskins’ sacrifice bunt moved Ruling to second. Billy Kozak then reached on an infield single that pushed Hoskins to third. After Kozak stole second, Bessett hit his single to right-center. Kozak scored the winning run standing up.

Bessett also pitched 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked seven.

“Brandon struggled with his command, but he got out of some jams,” Sidney coach Kyle Vibbard said. “Brandon’s a gamer. He’s going to battle through stuff and work through when he doesn’t have his best stuff.”

Chris Fischer earned the win for Sidney. He came on with two on and two outs in the sixth inning and induced a popout. He then retired the Lumberjacks in order in the seventh inning.

Zak Green had two hits for the Warriors (7-3, 4-0), who will travel to Unatego on Thursday.

Stamford 2, Gilboa 0

Junior Matt Anderson continued his dominance this season, striking out 13 in a one-hitter to lead host Stamford in the Delaware League.

“He’s been on fire the whole year,” Stamford coach Mike Faulkner said of Anderson, who is 3-0 on the season and hasn’t allowed a run. “He just kept people off balance with his curveball and he’s placing his fastball where he wants it. I don’t know how long he can do this, but he’s been putting a show this year.”

Anderson walked none and threw 85 pitches. Gilboa’s lone baserunner came on Cole Weingates’ opposite-field single with one out in the second inning.

Stamford took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Gregg Mattice homered to center off of losing pitcher Hunter Grace.

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