ONEONTA — Sophomore Anthony Savasta struck out seven and walked one in a four-hitter Thursday as Windham cruised to a 16-2 baseball victory over Downsville in the Delaware League championship game at Field 6 in Neahwa Park.
“Savasta was fresh,” said Windham coach Chad Goodfellow, whose team was coming off a 5-3 loss to Downsville on Monday. “He pitched a big game.”
Savasta sort of had to, at least until Windham scored eight times in the fifth inning.
“In the beginning, it was a tight game,” said Savasta, whose team was deadlocked at 2 with the Eagles after three innings. “I had to put it together. The guys made plays behind me.”
Michael Lennon made things a little easier on Savasta with a two-run double in the fourth inning to snap the tie. Lennon finished 2-for-5 for the Warriors (10-3), who took control with a huge rally in the fifth. Skyler Schoonmaker, who went 2-for-4, highlighted the spurt with a two-run single.
Windham hardly let down in the sixth as it scored four more runs for good measure. Patrick Drum, a senior who entered the game in the sixth, homered in his only at-bat of the championship game. His shot over the left-center field fence gave Windham a 15-2 lead as Brandon VanValin scored as well.
“It was an adrenaline rush,” Drum said. “I was looking for strikes.”
Savasta also doubled for the Warriors, who finished with 11 hits and took advantage of nine Downsville errors en route to their second Delaware League title and first since 2007.
Windham took a 1-0 lead on Downsville starter Collin Tallman in the first inning as Lennon scored on a fielder’s choice by Aidan Cohane. Zachary Meyer made it 2-0 in the third, scoring on an error by catcher Brad Dreher. Both runs were unearned as leadoff batter Lennon reached base on a throwing error.