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Jonathan Vega’s two-run double in the first inning scored Chris Pindar and Zach King to give host Oneonta a 3-0 Southern Tier Athletic Conference baseball victory over Norwich on Friday.
Vega’s double in the first followed four straight strikeouts by Norwich’s Cody Barnes, who OHS coach Joe Hughes said is a Division I prospect.
Barnes struck out his first two batters and did the same to Pindar, who reached base on a dropped third strike. Pindar then stole second during Zach King’s at-bat.
King also reached base on a dropped third strike, which also allowed Pindar to reach third. Vega followed with his two-run double for the early lead. Barnes got out of the inning with another strikeout, his fifth in the first inning.
“You don’t see that very often,” Hughes said.
Barnes finished with 14 strikeouts in a four-hitter. He also doubled for the Purple Tornado, who managed four hits against winning pitcher Kevin Smith.
“He was consistent with a good fastball and curveball,” Hughes said of Smith (3-1), who struck out 10 and walked one.
Vega also hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, driving in Pindar as the final run. Vega finished 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Oneonta (11-5, 9-5) will host Seton Catholic Central at 5 p.m. Monday.
Downsville 1, Windham 0
Colyn Bonadies struck out 12 and walked one in a one-hitter as visiting Downsville clinched a spot in the Delaware League crossover final.
The lone hit allowed by Bonadies was a single in the second inning by Jeffrey Vining.
Bonadies’ counterpart, Aidan Cohane, had 13 strikeouts and one walk in a three-hitter.
The Eagles (6-4, 6-3) scored in the second inning. Kris Acevedo singled, stole second and scored on a single by Dylan Fisk.
Downsville and Gilboa finished with 6-3 records in the Mountain Division. Downsville earned a spot in the crossover final based on a 19-3 win over Gilboa on April 29.
The Eagles will face Upper Division champion Stamford on Thursday at Neawha Park. The time of the title game has not been announced.
This will mark Downsville’s second appearance in the DL final. Its first ended with a 7-5 loss to Stamford in 1998.
The Indians will be in search of their first league championship since downing Gilboa, 9-3, in the 2002 final.
Gilboa 13, SK 9
Winning pitcher Christian Cooper tripled, doubled and drove in three runs to lead visiting Gilboa to a Delaware League road win that clinched a share of the Delaware Mountain Division title.
The Wildcats (7-6, 6-3) tied Downsville (6-4, 6-3) for the division crown, but the Eagles advanced to Thursday’s Delaware League championship game thanks to a 19-3 victory over Gilboa during the regular season. Downsville will play Upper Division winner Stamford in the crossover Thursday at Oneonta State.
Nick Losito, Nick Vogiatzis and Pat Kuzma contributed two hits apiece for Gilboa, which scored in every inning except the first. Cooper struck out seven before Hunter Grace took over with one out in the sixth. Grace got all five of his outs on strikeouts.
Losing pitcher Dylan Cole, who struck out 10, went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Rams (2-11, 2-7). Dan Lutz drove in four runs in a 3-for-3 effort for South Kortright, which will host Stamford in a non-leaguer Monday.
Jefferson 16, Margaretville 6
Jimmy Reeves threw a six-hitter to lead visiting Jefferson to a non-league win against Delaware League rival Margaretville.
Reeves, Jon Quagliano, Michael Greiner, Nick Smith and Hunter Minalga finished with two hits apiece for the J-Hawks, who scored five times in the second inning to take a 5-3 lead.
Austin Clayton and Caleb Lapinel each scored four runs for Jefferson, who took advantage of 11 walks, two hit batters and seven Margaretville errors.
Kyle Short doubled twice for the Blue Devils (6-7), who received three runs and two hits from Matt VanValkenburgh.
Davenport 12, Margaretville 1
Gavin Cobb went 3-for-4 to lead visiting Davenport to a five-inning victory in the Delaware League on Thursday.
Chris Kopf and Josh Davi doubled for the Wildcats, who received a three-hitter from Andrew Keil.
Davenport led, 3-1, before scoring six runs in the fourth. Margaretville walked six batters and hit another in the inning.
The Blue Devils, who finished 3-6 in the DL, play a non-leaguer against Gilboa at 2 p.m. Monday at Damaschke Field in Oneonta.
H-T 12, Roxbury 10
Winning pitcher Zach Mudge struck out eight and scattered seven hits to lead Hunter-Tannersville to a Delaware League victory at home.
The Wildcats rallied from a 10-8 deficit in the bottom of the fifth. Kyle Wojno and Jacob Davis walked to set up Tanner Slutzky.
Wojno later scored on a passed ball and Slutzky walked to advance Davis to second. After Elijah Ruoff walked to load the bases, Davis scored on a passed ball to tie the score. Austin Scaccianoce’s sacrifice fly scored Slutzky for the go-ahead run.
Eric Shultis and Sam Nash each finished with three hits and two RBIs for Roxbury.
H-T (1-9, 1-7) will play Windham at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown on Monday.
S-E 2, Cooperstown 0
Winning pitcher Matt Smith hit a two-run single in the top of the eighth inning as Sherburne-Earlville (8-7) won a non-league road game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.
Sawyer Haney went the distance in the loss for Cooperstown (6-6), which hosts Waterville on Monday.
Sidney 6, B-G 2
Host Sidney filled in the other half of the Midstate Athletic Conference title game.
Senior Nate McDonald struck out 10, walked one and allowed five hits over six innings, and Anthony Ruling and Trey Crawford had two hits apiece for the Warriors in their MAC semifinal victory.
Sidney (13-5) will face Unatego (15-3) for the MAC title at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Afton. The Spartans, who advanced to the final with a 23-9 win over Oxford on Thursday, downed Sidney, 8-7, in the regular season.
“I’d like to see our kids start off a little faster,” Sidney coach Matt Ferraro said of his team’s first meeting with Unatego, the defending MAC champion. “We came out flat in that first game and scored all of our runs late. Other than that, it was an even game. Unatego is a great team. I expect they’ll be ready to play and we’ll be ready.”
On Friday, Sidney scored three runs in the second inning off of losing pitcher Austin Bauerle. Damian Zimmer reached on an error to start the inning. Crawford and Noah McKee followed with singles to load the bases. Anthony Ruling then hit a three-run single to left-center.
“It was a bomb,” Ferraro said of Ruling’s hit. “Three runs scored, but he stayed at first base. I have no idea why.”
Bauerle’s RBI double in the fourth cut B-G’s deficit to 3-1, but Sidney scored three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Billy Kozak hit an RBI single in the inning for Sidney, which scored the other two runs on an error.
“The first time we played (B-G), Bauerle didn’t pitch and we beat them pretty bad,” Ferraro said. “They’re a much better team with Bauerle pitching, but my kids stepped up. Bauerle is probably the best kid we’ve seen on the mound this year.”
Bauerle finished with six strikeouts. He also had an RBI single in the sixth inning that capped the scoring.
Of McDonald’s pitching, Ferraro said: “He’s a tough pitcher in general, but his fastball and curveball were outstanding today. He really kept the B-G hitters off balance.”
Delhi 5, Walton 4
Host Delhi benefited from two Walton errors in the eighth inning to score the winning run in the Midstate Athletic Conference game.
Austin Gullow singled to lead off. He advanced to second when Austin Bedient’s flyball to center was dropped. Brandon Mole then hit a grouder to short that was booted, allowing Gullow to score the winning run.
Walton scored twice in the seventh inning to tie the score at 4. Dalton Kaminsky singled and scored in the inning.
Mole went had two hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run double in the third inning.
Winning pitcher Tyler Dugan struck out 12 and walked one in a four-hitter. He struck out the side in the eighth inning.
The Bulldogs (3-10, 2-9) will travel to Deposit at 2 p.m. Saturday for a MAC 9-12 mini-tournament game.
Schenevus 16, G-MU 0
Robert Burton’s one-hitter included 10 strikeouts as Schenevus cruised to a Tri-Valley League road victory.
Nate O’Hara’s bloop single to right-center in the second inning marked the lone hit for Gilbertsville-Mount Upton.
“Other than that, we had a hard time,” G-MU coach Rick Mohrien said. “He was just overpowering my guys.”
Burton also walked one and hit a batter.
During a four-run first inning, Burton hit a two-run double. He finished 2-for-3 and Jordan Burton went 3-for-4.
G-MU (4-11) will host Edmeston on Monday.
Morris 10, Laurens 8
Hector Martinez went 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead visiting Morris to a Tri-Valley League victory.
The Mustangs scored twice in the top of the seventh to take a 10-6 lead. Ryan Morlock hit an RBI single in the inning.
Jerry Soucia had a two-run double for Leopards when they scored five times in the sixth inning to close to 8-6.
Logan Barra went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Laurens, which finished its season at 3-10.
Franklin 6, Worcester 4
Derek Beers’ deep flyball in the bottom of the fourth tipped off the left fielder’s glove and allowed three runs to score, leading host Franklin to a Tri-Valley League win.
With the game tied at 3 going into the top of the fourth, George Clements hit an RBI single that scored Derek Pross to give Worcester a 4-3 advantage. Pross had singled and advanced to third when Bobby Rundblad’s flyball was misplayed.
Franklin then loaded the bases in the bottom frame to set up Beers.
Billy Davis finished with two RBIs and winning pitcher Joe Terrano struck out six and walked two.
Tanner Murphy paced the Wolverines with two hits.
Franklin (5-8, 5-8) will play at Downsville on Monday.