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.