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May 11, 2013

Jackets strike early in 3-0 baseball victory

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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.

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