By David Coury
ONEONTA — Matt Anderson struck out nine in four innings of relief to lead Stamford to a 13-10 victory over Downsville in the Delaware League baseball championship game Thursday at Field 6 in Neahwa Park.
The Eagles’ Colyn Bonadies chased Stamford starter Erik Ehrhart in the bottom of the fourth with a towering fly ball that sent Stamford centerfielder Sean Vroman to the warning track, near the 378-foot sign. By the time Vroman got the ball back in, Bonadies was standing on third with an RBI triple that knotted the score at 9.
His triple marked the fourth consecutive hit for Delaware Mountain Division champion Downsville (7-5). The Eagles’ No. 9 hitter, Nick Shaw, opened the inning with a single. Liam Fogarty followed with a double, setting up Justin Baxter for a two-run single.
Anderson (8-2) took over on the mound after Bonadies’ triple. His only walk came to his first batter as Anderson struck out the next three to end the inning. Anderson then scattered three hits over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. He struck out Fogarty for the last out of a 1-2-3 seventh.
“Matt’s been a stud all year,” Indians coach Mike Faulkner said of Anderson, who started a non-leaguer Monday against South Kortright and struck out 11. “I didn’t want to use him today, but (Downsville is) a good team and they hit the ball well today.”
Upper Delaware Division champion Stamford (12-2), which won its first crossover title since 2002, snapped the tie with a three-run sixth.
Stamford leadoff hitter Wade Tompkins started the inning with a walk. Anderson followed with a high fly ball that barely made it to the outfield. Eagles second baseman Anthony Shields — who had just entered to replace the injured Dylan Fisk — camped under it, but the wind shifted and the ball fell just out of his reach.