Billy Kozak’s walkoff double to right-center field plated Patrick Vibbard with the winning run as Sidney defeated Unadilla Valley, 4-3, in a Midstate Athletic Conference baseball game Saturday at Damaschke Field in Oneonta.
Winning pitcher Kozak also struck out nine and scattered nine hits in a complete game.
Sidney coach Kyle Vibbard said that Kozak, a fifth-year varsity player, will play baseball for Division II Erksine College in South Carolina next season.
Kozak’s older brother Andy is in his junior season at Erksine. Andy Kozak is hitting .364 this spring.
Billy Kozak will receive a partial scholarship.
“Billy’s a tough kid,” Vibbard said. “In football, he broke his wrist. In basketball, he hurt his knee and the other day, he gets hit in the mouth with a groundball (while playing shortstop in a 7-5 victory over Bainbridge-Guilford). He got six stitches in his mouth and then pitches a complete game the next day. He’s pretty special.”
With the score tied at 3, Vibbard walked to lead off against losing pitcher Nate Shackleton. Kozak followed with his double and Vibbard slid in ahead of the tag at the plate.
The Warriors (10-3, 7-0) scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 3. Zak Green led off with a single and advanced to third on Jon Gorschak’s double. Green scored on Anthony Ruling’s groundout. Gorschak went to third on the play and scored the tying run on a throwing error.
The Storm took a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth. Ryan Postma hit an RBI single and Austin Taylor scored UV’s third run on a throwing error.
Kozak, Green and Gorschak had two hits apiece for the Warriors, who host Harpursville on Wednesday at Neahwa Park in Oneonta.
Dakota Kolvic finished with three hits and Andrew Radke had two for the Storm.