Ruffo tripled in the first and third innings, deep drives to left- and right-center, respectively. Personius drove him with a groundout in the first inning and on a single in the third. After Personius’ single in the third, he went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a balk and scored on Colby Ross’ groundout. That gave CV a 4-1 lead.
The Yellowjackets scored in the second when Mason Montomery walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Matt Bitzer’s opposite-field single to right.
Oneonta pulled to 4-2 in the third inning. With two outs, Sheehan walked, advanced to second on a single down the left-field line by Montgomery and scored when shortstop Ross booted Bitzer’s grounder.
But over the first three innings, OHS stranded six runners. For the game, the Yellowjackets left 12 runners on base.
“When they got guys on, they drove them in and when we got guys on, we left them out there,” Hughes said. “We had some soft at-bats. We scored five, but I think we could have had some more. That’s exactly what we talked (after the game) — giving up too much on defense and having some soft at-bats. We need to do a better job.”
In the fourth inning, OHS scored three times to take a 5-4 lead.
Tavarone walked off of CV starter Gavin Ashman. Garufi followed with a single to center and both runners moved up on a fielding error by center fielder Ruffo. Jon Vega’s sacrifice fly to left scored Tavarone.
Zach King followed with an RBI single to center to tie the score at 4. He took second on an errant throw and scored on Montgomery’s double to right-center that made it 5-4.
Montgomery finished two of Oneonta’s nine hits.