Zach King’s RBI single with two out in the top of the seventh inning drove in the decisive run as Oneonta High beat Southern Tier Athletic Conference East Division leader Chenango Valley, 4-2, in a baseball game Tuesday.
“This was a quality win for us,” said Joe Hughes, who led OHS to the Class B state title last season.
Chris Pindar started the rally when he was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on King’s single to give the Yelowjackets a 3-1 lead.
King took second on the late throw to home, setting up Jonathan Vega for an RBI single that capped Oneonta’s scoring.
Winning pitcher Kragh Delello threw an efficient six-hitter through 6 2/3 innings, striking out one and walking none to improve to 4-0. Hughes lifted Delello after the Warriors scored in the seventh and put runners at second and third with two out. Pindar came on in relief to face Matt Personius and earned the save when the CV catcher hit a comebacker for the final out.
OHS (12-6, 10-6) trails CV by two games in the East standings and can only have a chance to qualify for the STAC playoffs if the Warriors (10-4 STAC) lose each of their last two conference games.
Cooperstown 14, M-E 3
Ethan Bliss went 4-for-5 with two doubles and five RBIs to lead Cooperstown to a Center State Conference Division III victory on the road.
James Johnson finished 3-for-4 for Cooperstown, which received two hits apiece from Jack Donnelly and Sawyer Haney. Ray Cabrera struck out three in four innings for the pitching victory.
Cooperstown (8-6, 7-4) ends its regular-season schedule Thursday at Sauquoit Valley.
Hancock 9, Greene 1
Eli Holton finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs to help Hancock win the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 Tournament championship game. Holton’s big hit came in the sixth, when his double drove in three runs to make it 8-1.
Winning pitcher Ryan Smith (7-0) struck out five and gave up one hit over four innings. Reliever Tyler Phillips struck out four and gave up one hit and one run for the three-inning save.
Joe Beckwith and Trevor Parish singled for Greene.
Hancock (13-5) will host a non-league game against MAC rival Bainbridge-Guilford on Thursday.
Deposit 10, Walton 8
Zach Decker homered twice, including a second-inning grand slam to left field, to lead host Deposit to a home victory in the MAC 9-12 Tournament championship game.
Walton scored three times in the first inning, but Deposit took the lead for keeps with a six-run second. Decker’s slam highlighted the rally, driving in Brandon Maycumber, Austin Decker, Colby Hall and himself to give the Lumberjacks a 6-3 lead.
Austin Decker’s two-run single opened the scoring in the second.
Trevor Zandt went 2-for-4 for the Warriors, who received an RBI double from Steven Klein in the first.
Winning pitcher Maycumber struck out seven and walked three over six innings.
Deposit (8-8, 7-7) will host Morris for a non-league game Thursday.
Afton 11, Delhi 6
Jesse Dedman went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI to lead Afton to a season-ending victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference 9-12 Tournament consolation game.
Dedman and Josh Austin had RBI singles in the sixth, when Afton (5-14) scored five times to take an 11-4 lead. Delhi committed three of its eight errors in the inning.
Ben Denison went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs and two runs to pace the Bulldogs, who received a double, a single and three RBIs from Austin Bedient.
Harpursville 5, Edmeston 2
Losing pitcher Mike Clark went 1-for-2 with a run as Tri-Valley League West Division champion Edmeston dropped a non-league game at Harpursville.
Clark struck out three and walked two in a six-hitter for the Panthers, who finished with four hits. Nate Truax scored in the seventh inning for Edmeston (13-5), which will play East Division winner Milford in the Tri-Valley League championship game at 5 p.m. Friday at Oneonta State.
Jefferson 13, Worcester 2
Nick Smith went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs to lead Jefferson to a non-league win at home.
Winning pitcher Jimmy Reeves (6-2) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finished with six strikeouts.
Smith’s two-run triple in the second highlighted a seven-run inning for the J-Hawks.
Tanner Murphy paced Worcester with an RBI single and a run.
Jefferson (9-6) will compete in the Section Four Class D Tournament next week.
Windham 17, Roxbury 5
Michael Lennon finished 4-for-6 with two RBIs and teammate Brandon Cohane went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead Windham to a Delaware League victory on the road.
Zach Meyer’s 3-for-5 effort included a homer to left field in the first inning for the Warriors.
Winning pitcher Aidan Cohane struck out four and allowed four hits over four innings.
Tyler Phillips finished with two hits and Kyle Faraci had two RBIs for Roxbury. Dakota Coronia contributed an RBI double in the fifth for the Rockets, who finished the season 5-8.
Windham 15, H-T 5
Aidan Cohane doubled and drove in three runs to lead host Windham to a Delaware League victory Monday.
Brandon Cohane singled twice for the Warriors (8-4, 5-3), who finished with six hits but took advantage of nine Hunter-Tannersville errors.
Tanner Slutzky singled twice for the Wildcats, who gave up six runs in the fourth to fall behind, 11-5.
Downsville 5, Franklin 2
Brad Dreher struck out 16 and walked two in a two-hitter as Downsville won a non-league game at home Monday.
Colyn Bonadies homered and drove in three runs in a 2-for-2 effort for the Eagles, who got an RBI double from Dreher.
Downsville (7-4, 6-3) plays Stamford in the Delaware League championship game Thursday on Field 6 in Oneonta’s Neahwa Park.