Brian Kraft went off on the Fourth of July.
Kraft doubled twice and tripled in a 3-for-4 effort that led the host Oneonta Outlaws to a 5-1 New York Collegiate Baseball League victory over the Geneva Twins on Thursday at Damaschke Field.
Kraft drove in three runs and scored another for the Outlaws, who announced a season-high attendance of 4,417 for an Independence Day victory that marked their third in a row.
Oneonta’s streak started Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of the Twins as the Outlaws followed an 11-7 victory with a 9-1 win. Geneva’s announced attendances Wednesday were 60 for the first game and 120 for the second.
On Thursday, the Twins (8-14) took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Zachary Fowler as Andrew Goldstick scored with two out in the first inning. That marked the only run allowed by Oneonta starter Malcolm Purdy (2-1), who opened the game by walking Goldstick.
No other Twins batter walked against Purdy, who went on to strike out five and scatter four hits in seven innings en route to the pitching victory. Zach Moreau secured the win with two innings of scoreless relief, striking out three, walking one and giving up one hit.
The Outlaws (13-8) tied it in the bottom of the first as leadoff batter Jake Levine tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Oneonta High graduate Chris Pindar.
Kraft gave the Outlaws the lead for keeps with a two-run double to left field in the third inning.
Pindar and Kraft hit back-to-back doubles with one out in the fifth, the latter making it 4-1 in favor of the Outlaws. Heath Holder followed with a single that plated Kraft to cap the scoring.
Levine (two runs) and Holder each finished 2-for-4 for the Outlaws, who got two runs from Pindar.