Unfortunately for OHS (5-3, 3-3), it had none of its starters in Wednesday’s lineup from that memorable comeback at Conlon Field last June, which propelled the Yellowjackets to the Class B state championship.
Even standout senior center fielder Chris Pindar — Oneonta’s lone returning starter from last season — was out. He injured his back during the Yellowjackets’ 6-0 loss at Chenango Forks on Friday and hasn’t played since.
Dom Forbidussi led off the Warriors’ sixth a double to left-center off of OHS sophomore starter Brock Eichler. Then Matt Igo, who homered to left in the second inning, hit a bouncer to third. Conor Tavarone came up early on the play. The ball skimmed off his glove and into left for an error that allowed Forbidussi to reach third as Igo eased into second.
Eric Silvanic followed with a two-run single down the left-field line to make it 7-5. Silvanic took second on a passed ball.
Trevor Henige followed with a sacrifice bunt and reached when Eichler air-mailed the throw to first. Silvanic scored on the play and Henige went to second.
After Ruffo’s single to right moved Henige to third, Personius doubled over right fielder Noah Sheehan to score Henige and chase Personius to third.
That ended Eichler’s outing.
“When Brock is hitting his spots, he can be effective,” Hughes said of the left-hander. “When he throws his curveball for strikes, he can be effective, but he’s not quite at the stage where he can just rare back and throw it by people. He has to be accurate, hit his spots and have control of both pitches, and a couple of times he had pitch locations he would have liked to be somewhere else.”
Fellow sophomore Collin Neer entered and allowed Ruffo and Personius to score on wild pitches. The final run of the inning scored on Robert Hess’ RBI single.