The Daily Star
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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.
Moreau earned the victory as Oneonta’s fifth pitcher in Wednesday’s opener by throwing two hitless innings to secure a 13-inning triumph.
Josh Treff’s two-run single highlighted a four-run outburst in the top of the 13th for Oneonta, which received three hits apiece from Evan Harasta (two runs, two RBIs), Howard Joe (run) and Levine (run, two RBIs). Kraft and Derek Hirsch each contributed two hits for the Outlaws, who received a single and two runs from Pindar.
The Outlaws rode another late rally to win Wednesday’s second game, scoring five times in the top of the seventh to take a 9-0 lead.
Spencer Duffie’s two-run double highlighted Oneonta’s at-bats in the seventh, when the Outlaws took advantage of three walks, three hits and a wild pitch to extend their lead.
Holder scored four runs for Oneonta, which won despite matching the Twins with four hits. Pindar also scored and drove in a run with another sacrifice fly.
The Outlaws, who are second in the 11-team NYCBL, play a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. today at the Syracuse Salt Cats. The two teams also will play a 5 p.m. doubleheader Saturday at Damaschke Field.
Hawkeyes 6, Pioneers 0
Jonathan Chudy struck out six and walked none in a seven-inning two-hitter Wednesday, leading host Cooperstown to a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League victory over Elmira in the first game of a doubleheader at Doubleday Field.
The Hawkeyes led the second game, 9-6, in the ninth inning before it was suspended. That game will be completed before a regularly scheduled meeting between the teams at Doubleday Field on July 21.
Chudy (1-2) and Elmira starter Dan Black (0-2) engaged in a scoreless pitchers’ duel that ended in the bottom of the fifth. Brendan O’Reilly singled with two out, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error before Black walked his next three batters as Cooperstown took a 1-0 lead.
The Hawkeyes followed with a five-run sixth as Black’s struggles continued. Nolan Ray singled and stole second before Ryan Donavan walked. Emilio Alonso then bunted both runners over to set up Ryan Hanahan for an RBI single that made it 2-0.
O’Reilly singled home another run before Austin March sent a three-run homer out of right field for the final margin. March’s first homer of the season chased Black, who gave up six earned runs on six hits and six walks.
O’Reilly and Ray had two hits apiece for the Hawkeyes (11-8), who are third in the five-team East Division of the PGCBL.
Cooperstown, which was idle Thursday, visits Elmira tonight and hosts Newark at 5 p.m. Saturday at Doubleday Field.
Oneonta 6, Sidney 5
Mark Giallanzo hit a tying RBI single in the sixth inning, then scored the go-ahead run on a double-steal as Oneonta Post 259 rallied for a Legion victory Wednesday at Oneonta High.
Connor Tavarone drew a one-out walk and stole second with Oneonta trailing, 5-4, in the top of the sixth. He tied the score on Giallanzo’s single before David Wright was hit by a pitch to give the Green Wave runners at first and second.
Giallanzo advanced to third when Zach Pidgeon reached on a fielder’s choice that forced out Wright at second. Pidgeon then got in a rundown on a delayed steal, allowing Giallanzo enough time to steal home for the decisive run.
Kragh Delello earned the pitching victory after taking over for starter Noah Sheehan in the fifth. Wright then struck out four in consecutive 1-2-3 innings for his first save of the season.
Giallanzo finished with three hits, three runs and two stolen bases for Oneonta, which received two hits and two RBIs from Ben Payton.
Lucas Butcher doubled twice, scored a run and drove in another for Sidney, which played as the home team because its field was not playable.
Oneonta’s Ben Moxley and Sidney’s Dylan Van Pelt also doubled.
Oneonta 6, Sidney 5
Wednesday at OHS
Oneonta ..... 100 032 0 - 6 7 2
Sidney ..... 001 310 0 - 5 4 3
Noah Sheehan, Kragh Delello (5,W,2-2), David Wright (6,S,1) and Peter Brunetta. Dan Shelton, Tyler Phillips (5,L), Quinn Barnhart (7) and Lucas DeJoy. 2B: Ben Moxley (O), Lucas Butcher (S) 2, Dylan VanPelt (S).
Brooklawn 12, Oneonta 1
Connor Tavarone doubled Thursday, but Oneonta lost its opener via mercy rule in the Frederick Wood Bat Tournament in Maryland.
Zach Pidgeon had the other hit for the Green Wave (12-9), who gave up nine runs to Brooklawn, N.J., in the top of the fifth inning. Starting pitcher Ben Moxley took the loss to fall to 2-3 this season.
Oneonta plays two tournament games today, against Funkstown, Md., at 12:30 and Calvert, Md., at 5:30. The Green Wave, who also play one tournament game Saturday, are part of a 20-team tournament that features four divisions. Each division champion will advance to Sunday’s semifinals, with the championship game to follow the same day.
Brooklawn 12, Oneonta 1
Brooklawn, N.J. ..... 021 09 - 12 11 1
Oneonta ..... 001 00 - 1 2 4
Mike Mercer (W), Pete Farlow (5) and John Theckston. Ben Moxley (L,2-3), Kragh Delello (5) and Peter Brunetta. 2B: Connor Tavarone (O), Sean Breen (B). HR: Nick Cieri (B).