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July 1, 2013

Wright leads Green Wave to Legion sweep

The Daily Star

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David Wright could do no wrong Sunday.

Wright went 6-for-6 with eight runs and two RBIs to lead Oneonta Post 259 to a Legion baseball doubleheader sweep of Sherrill at Oneonta High.

Wright’s 3-for-3 outing in the opener included a double and five runs for the Green Wave, who cruised to an 18-0 victory. He followed with another 3-for-3 effort in the second game, scoring three times and driving in two runs to lead Oneonta to a 17-4 mercy-rule win in five innings.

Zach Pidgeon tripled, doubled and scored three times in a 3-for-3 showing during the opener, which featured two hits and four RBIs by Noah Sheehan, as well as two hits and three runs from Matt Horne.

Winning pitcher Matt Bitzer (3-2) struck out five and walked one in a five-hitter.

Oneonta’s 17 hits included a triple by Zach King and doubles from Ben Moxley, Mark Giallanzo and Ben Payton.

Pidgeon also tripled and doubled in the second game, when he drove in five runs and earned the pitching victory with a three-hitter for the Green Wave (11-8). Pidgeon moved to 2-0 on the mound this season.

Wright tripled and had one of Oneonta’s four doubles in the second game. Moxley (three RBIs) and Connor Tavarone also doubled for Post 259, which dropped two games to Clonan at Sauquoit Valley High on Saturday.

Clonan scored four unearned runs against Moxley (2-2) in Saturday’s opener, including three in the final inning. Moxley struck out 10 and walked three in a four-hitter but gave up a walkoff single to Rob Slavinski with two out in the seventh. Oneonta made both of its errors in the seventh, setting up Slavinski for a bloop single to right field that plated Zack Thomas as the decisive run.

Winning pitcher Aaron Lopollico three-hit Post 259, which got a two-out, two-run single from Sheehan that gave the Green Wave a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning.

Oneonta followed with a 5-2 loss in the second game. Jeff DeShane threw a four-hitter for Clonan, which scored three unearned runs off Oneonta starter Mark Giallanzo in the second inning for a 3-0 lead.

Wright hit an RBI double in the third to pull the Green Wave to 3-2. King also doubled for Oneonta, which visits Windsor at 6 p.m. today.

Oneonta 18, Sherrill 0

Sunday’s first game

at Oneonta High

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Oneonta530 253 x - 18 17 0

Mike Iseneker (L), Andrew Nell (4) and Kevin George. Matt Bitzer (W,3-2) and Peter Brunetta. 2B: Nick Musachio (S), Ben Moxley (O), Mark Giallanzo (O), David Wright (O), Zach Pidgeon (O), Ben Payton (O). 3B: Zach King (O), Zach Pidgeon (O).

Oneonta 17, Sherrill 4

Sunday’s second game

at Oneonta High

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Oneonta(10)42 1x - 17 12 1

Ryan Reeder (L), Brian Dubois (3) and Kevin George. Zach Pidgeon (W,2-0) and Zach King. 2B: Ben Moxley (O), David Wright (O), Zach Pidgeon (O), Connor Tavarone (O). 3B: David Wright (O), Zach Pidgeon (O).

Clonan 4, Oneonta 3

Saturday’s first game

at Sauquoit Valley High

Oneonta000 300 0 - 3 3 2

Clonan000 100 3 - 4 4 0

Ben Moxley (L,2-2) and Peter Brunetta. Aaron Lopollico (W) and Tom Jalowiec.

Clonan 5, Oneonta 2

Saturday’s second game

at Sauquoit Valley High

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Clonan030 011 x - 5 7 2

Mark Giallanzo (L,0-2), David Wright (3), Ben Payton (4), Noah Sheehan (6) and Matt Bitzer. Jeff DeShane (W) and Zack Thomas. 2B: David Wright (O), Zach King (O).


Chiefs 3, Outlaws 2

Brian Kraft hit a two-run single in the sixth inning Saturday at Damaschke Field, but Oneonta gave up an unearned run in the top of the seventh for a New York Collegiate Baseball League loss to the visiting Syracuse Junior Chiefs.

Kraft’s single to left field plated Howard Joe and Spencer Duffie to tie the score at 2 in the opening game of a day-night doubleheader.

Noel Garcia reached second on a two-base error to lead off the seventh for the Chiefs, chasing reliever Zach Moreau as Oneonta closer Brandon Agar took over. Pinch-runner Nicholas Zinay then stole third, setting up Aaron Pigna for the go-ahead single to right field.

Joe drew a two-out walk in the bottom frame against Johnson City graduate Ryan Clark, who completed his seven-inning five-hitter by striking out Duffie.

The second game of the doubleheader was suspended by rain with two out in the top of the fifth inning and the Chiefs ahead, 6-3.

Evan Harasta’s two-run single in the fourth pulled the Outlaws to 5-3. The Chiefs extended their lead with an RBI double by Connor Mathis in the fifth before the rain hit and flooded the infield. A date for the continuation of the second game has not been set.

Rain also canceled Oneonta’s seven-inning exhibition game against Waterford Nolan Propane on Sunday night at Damaschke Field. Outlaws President of Operations Steve Pindar said the teams played three innings before the game was called and that it will not be rescheduled.

The Outlaws visit the Geneva Twins at 7 tonight, then return to Damaschke Field at 7 p.m. Tuesday to play the same team.


Pioneers 15, Hawkeyes 7

Cooperstown starter Mike Jeffers (0-1) gave up seven runs — five earned — on seven hits in three innings as the Hawkeyes fell on the road in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League on Saturday.

Nolan Ray doubled twice, scored three runs and had an RBI in a 3-for-4 effort that paced the Hawkeyes (9-7), who received two doubles and three RBIs from Ryan Donovan.

Chris Kalousdian led Elmira with two doubles, four RBIs and a run in a 4-for-6 outing. The Pioneers also got three hits apiece from Ryan Plantier (two runs, two RBIs) and Andrew Nist (one run, three RBIs).

Elmira scored five times in the third to take a 7-4 lead and had four-run innings in the sixth and eighth.

On Sunday, Cooperstown held a 3-1 lead on East Division leader Albany (11-6) at Doubleday Field before rain suspended their PGCBL game in the fourth inning.

Austin March hit a two-run double and Ben Hall followed with an RBI double that gave Cooperstown a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

Cooperstown starter Eann Cox, who struck out eight consecutive batters at one point, gave up an unearned run in the top of the fourth. The Dutchmen completed their at-bats in the inning before a rain delay was called. The game was called off less than an hour later. It will pick up in the bottom of the fourth inning July 19. The teams will follow with a regularly scheduled game at Doubleday Field.

The Hawkeyes host a doubleheader against Elmira at 2 p.m. today.