ONEONTA — For one brutally long half-inning that required 41 pitches, Oneonta High baseball followers were reminded that this year’s young squad is a work in progress.
In a matchup of Southern Tier Athletic Conference East Division rivals that have won the last two Class B state championships, Chenango Valley sent 12 batters to the plate in a seven-run sixth inning that carried the Warriors to a 12-5 win Wednesday.
The inning included two errors, two wild pitches, two walks and two doubles.
“We want people to hit and earn their runs off of us and if they hit line drives and base hits, that’s part of the game,” said OHS coach Joe Hughes, whose team went into the sixth inning in a 5-all tie. “There were some plays we could have made and some balls we could have caught. We didn’t and that added to their big sixth inning. It proved to be the turning point of the game.”
Added CV coach Mike Allen: “You never want to applaud a bad play, but we were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes and that led to a big inning for us. We’ve been waiting for that crooked number all season. We put some good at-bats together and didn’t help the pitcher when he was in trouble.”
CV (5-3, 5-3) received seven hits, six runs and three RBIs from the top two hitters in its lineup — Chris Ruffo and Matt Personius. Both of them played last season, when the Yellowjackets rallied from six runs down to beat CV, 11-10, in the Section Four Class B final — a walkoff win that included four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
“This was definitely a game we were excited to play,” said Personius, who went 3-for-5 with a double, three runs and three RBIs.