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May 13, 2014

Eichler solid as Oneonta downs CV|

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Staff Report

Brock Eichler struck out eight and walked one Monday to lead host Oneonta High to a 5-3 baseball win over Chenango Valley in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference.

''He pitched a solid game,'' OHS coach Joe Hughes said of Eichler, a junior who scattered seven hits to earn his second victory of the season.

Bennett Eggler went 2-for-4 for the Yellowjackets. He hit an RBI single in the third inning and a two-run double in the fourth to give Oneonta a 5-3 lead.

Peter Brunetta had two hits, an RBI single in the first and a double in the fourth for OHS (9-8, 7-8), which will host Susquehanna Valley today.

Sidney 6, Oxford 3

Brandon Bessett went 3-for-3, including a two-run double in the fourth inning, to lead top-seeded Sidney to victory in a Midstate Athletic Conference semifinal.

Patrick Vibbard had a RBI triple in the fourth inning to give Sidney a 5-1 lead. Vibbard finished with two hits for Sidney (15-4, 12-0), which will face second-seeded Hancock in the MAC final Thursday at Afton.

Matt Moore and Cameron Heggie contributed a double apiece for Oxford.

Hancock 7, Unatego 0

Senior left-hander Ryan Smith struck out 15 and walked one in a one-hitter, and Eli Holton homered, doubled twice had had three RBIs to lead host Hancock to victory in a Midstate Athletic Conference semifinal.

"He mixed his pitches well, he got ahead of guys and when he got ahead he put guys away," Hancock coach Brandon Olbrys said of Smith. "I would have to say in his career, his best pitching has been in May."

Unatego's lone hit came on a single to center by Kyle Spaulding with two outs in the fourth inning.

Holton hit a two-run homer to center in the first inning. Smith singled in front of him.

Preston Walker's two-run single in the third inning made it 4-0.

Hancock (12-4) will play Sidney for the MAC championship at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Afton. Sidney beat Oxford, 6-3, in the other semifinal. The Warriors beat Hancock, 9-5, last week.

Downsville 5, Windham 3

Brad Dreher struck out 12 in a five-hitter and went 2-for-3 with an RBI as host Downsville clinched the Mountain Division title with a Delaware League victory over Upper Division winner Windham.

The same teams will play in the crossover final Thursday at Neahwa Park.

"He's one of the better pitchers in the league," Downsville coach Tom Rose said of Dreher, who also walked five. "He throws hard, he throws strikes, he has a good curveball and he's able to spot his pitches. He got ahead in the count and had a lot of swing and misses."

The Eagles (8-3) scored twice in the first inning and three more in the second inning off a losing pitcher Anthony Pettignano. Dreher had an RBI single and Austin Lamica contributed an RBI groundout in the first inning.

In the second inning, Dylan Murphy led off with a double and Nick was hit by a pitch. Justin Baxter then bunted and reached on an error that scored Murphy. Matt Rampe followed with a sacrifice fly and Baxter scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0.

"It's a good feeling," Rose said of winning the division. "We won it last year and lost to Stamford in the final. We lost our first two games of the season to Margaretville and Davenport, and we had to win out to get in this situation. We've played well since losing to Davenport. It kind of lit of fire under them and they rose to the occasion."

Windham's Anthony Savasta hit an RBI single in the seventh inning to make it 5-3, but Dreher struck out the final batter.

G-MU 10, Laurens 2

Austin Burnside's two-hit, three-RBI night included an RBI single during Gilbertsville-Mount Upton's four-run third inning that helped the Raiders to a Tri-Valley League victory.

The Raiders (3-9, 3-8) led, 6-1, after three innings.

Andrew Baker and Nate O'Hara had two hits apiece for the Raiders. Winning pitcher Christian Merlo struck out three and walked one over six innings.

Jared Benjamin and Robert Polin had two hits apiece for Laurens.

G-MU will travel to Franklin today, but the Raiders will hit second.

Davenport 15, Jefferson 0

Winning pitcher Cody Wamsley struck out nine over five innings and Kyle Wamsley had three hits, two runs and two RBIs to lead visiting Davenport in the Delaware League.

Kyle Wamsley doubled and tripled, and Chris Kopf hit a two-run double in the fourth inning for the Wildcats.

Cody Wamsley and Gavin Cobb combined on a two-hitter, the first coming on a double by Tyler Mead in the second inning.

Jefferson (1-9, 1-8) will host Milford today.

Morris 9, Worcester 1

Robert Childs went 3-for-4, including a two-run double in the fifth inning, to help host Morris to its first victory of the season in the Tri-Valley League.

Morris, which finished its season at 1-13, led, 5-1, after five innings.

Sam Ernst worked the first five innings and earned his first varsity victory.

Cam Best contributed two hits for the Mustangs.

UV 8, Greene 6

Dakota Kolvik hit an RBI double, and Austin Lewis and Nate Shackleton followed with RBI singles during a three-run sixth-inning that lifted host Unadilla Valley to victory in a first-round game of the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 tournament.

Kolvik's RBI double tied the score at 6. He finished 3-for-4 with two runs and two stolen bases. Lewis had two hits and two RBIs.

UV (10-5) will host Deposit in the 5-8 final Wednesday.

Joe Beckwith went 4-for-4 for Greene.

Stamford 13, Margaretville 1

Geoff and Gregg Mattice combined on a four-hitter, and Greg Keating and Matt Anderson had three hits apiece to lead visiting Stamford in the Delaware League.

Anderson's two-run single in the second ining gave the Indians a 3-0 lead.

Keating finished with four RBIs, one more than Anderson.

Winning pitcher Geoff Mattice struck out three and walked one over six innings, and Gregg Mattice had two strikeouts in the seventh.

"They played exceptional defense," Margaretville coach John Bernhardt said. "Their third baseman, Gregg Mattice, made a couple of nice plays, and their shortstop, Glen Cioccari, made a couple of really nice plays."

Kyle Short doubled and singled for the Blue Devils (7-4, 5-4), who will play Gilboa today at Doubleday Field.

Cooperstown 15, Dolgeville 5

Sophomore Ray Cabrera struck out seven and walked none in a 77-pitch complete game and visiting Cooperstown bunched 15 runs into the first four innings en route to a Center State Conference victory.

Cabrera also had two hits and four RBIs, and batterymate Jack Donnelly had four hits, including two doubles, and five RBIs.

"The first four innings, our bats were very active," Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek said. "It's kind of a whole new experience for us. I'm very happy to see us swinging at strikes and we hit well with people on base."

Park Summers contributed three hits as Cooperstown avenged an early-season loss to Dolgeville (7-6, 4-4).

Cooperstown (3-9, 3-6) will travel to West Canada Valley today.

Edmeston 12, Franklin 3

Clayton Lyon went 3-for-3, including a RBI double in the sixth inning, to lead visiting Edmeston to a victory in the Tri-Valley League.

Kyle King hit a two-run double and Lucas Miller had a two-run single in the fifth inning as the Panthers scored six runs to take an 8-1 lead.

Billy Davis went 2-for-3 and hit a RBI single in the sixth inning for Franklin (5-7, 5-7), which will host Gilbertsville-Mount Upton today.

Deposit 5, B-G 4

Mark Cordner struck out eight, but visiting Bainbridge-Guilford fell in a first-round game of the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 tournament.

Trenton Curtis scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. He walked, stole second and evetually scored on a passed ball.

B-G's Ryan Jones scored the tying run in the top of the seventh. He singled to left, went to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cole Webb.

Deposit (8-7) will visit fifth-seeded Unadilla Valley on Wednesday in the 5-8 final.

B-G will play Greene in the 5-8 consolation game Wednesday.

Afton 3, Walton 2

Visiting Afton scored three times in the top of the first inning en route to a victory in the opening round of the MAC 9-12 Tournament.

Austin Ticknor and Matt Olin had RBI singles in the first, when Afton scored a third run on a passed ball.

Ticknor struck out seven and walked one in a four-hitter for the 11th-seeded Crimson Knights, who were held to five hits by Walton starter Steven Klein. He struck out nine and walked none.

"I tip my cap to both pitchers," said Walton coach Gary Backus, whose 4-9 team will host Delhi in the MAC 9-12 consolation game at 4:30 p.m. today.

The 10th-seeded Warriors rallied with two runs in the sixth but fell short. Trevor Zandt had an RBI single in the sixth, which also featured a sacrifice fly by Klein.

Roxbury 10, H-T 9

Sam Nash went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Roxbury, which scored four times in the sixth inning and held on for a Delaware League road victory.

Stan Sutton singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh, then stole second and third for Hunter-Tannersville (1-10, 1-8). Jacob Davis then got two strikeouts and a pop out to first to secure the victory for Roxbury, which won despite finishing with three hits.

Jake Davis went 4-for-5 with an RBI for the Wildcats, who got a triple from Dylan Legg and a double, a single and two RBIs from Justin Marchisani.

Gilboa 13, SK 4

Zach Perry went 2-for-4 to lead Gilboa to a non-league victory at Delaware League rival South Kortright.

Perry, Nick Losito, Hunter Grace and Cole Fancher doubled for the Wildcats, who got a triple from Cole Weingates.

Ty Lamport (double) and Griff Metzko each went 2-for-4 with the Rams (2-11), who also received doubles from Tom Newman and Garrett Olsen in their season finale.

Milford 18, CV-S 3

Blake Elliott went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead host Milford to a Tri-Valley League victory that was called after five innings because of darkness.

Max Lang went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, two of which came in the Wildcats' six-run fourth inning. Milford (10-3, 10-2) followed with six more runs in the fifth, which was highlighted by Ryan Lewis' two-run triple.

The Wildcats honored winning pitcher Steven Banks and Wyatt Waters on Senior Appreciation Night.

Milford travels to Jefferson for a non-league game today.