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Mike Korchak struck out 15 and walked three in a three-hitter to lead visiting Seton Catholic Central to a 6-0 Southern Tier Athletic Conference baseball victory over Oneonta High on Monday.
Oneonta High (11-6, 9-6) made five errors, leading to five unearned runs by the Saints.
“He had a live fastball, probably mid-80s,” OHS coach Joe Hughes said of Korchak, who threw before scouts from Division I Siena and Bryant. “He didn’t show his curveball until the second time around. Then he started throwing more breaking balls just when I thought maybe we were getting some timing on his fastball.”
The Yellowjackets had three singles, one in the second inning by Zach King, another in the fifth by Matt Bitzer and the last in the sixth by Chris Pindar.
Left-hander Brock Eichler, a sophomore, struck out three and walked three over five innings. SCC scored three unearned runs off of Eichler in the first two innings. Neil McCormack hit an RBI double during the Saints’ two-run first inning.
“I’m getting tired of saying Brock Eichler is a tough-luck pitcher,” Hughes said. “He did what he needed to do to give us a chance. He doesn’t have the same velocity or curveball of Korchak yet, but he showed you don’t have to strike out 15 to be effective.”
Oneonta still has an outside shot of tying Chenango Valley for the East Division title. The Yellowjackets need to win at CV today and they need to the Warriors to lose their final two regular-season games against SCC and Chenango Forks to create a tie atop the division.
Cooperstown 14, Waterville 0
Ethan Bliss needed 54 pitches to get through five hitless innings and went 2-for-4 with four RBIs to lead Cooperstown to a Center State Conference victory at Doubleday field.
Bliss finished with seven strikeouts and one walk and combined on a one-hitter with Park Summers. Waterville’s lone hit came on a infield hit to short by Mike Oltmann with two outs in the sixth inning.
Jack Donnelly had three hits – including two doubles – and three RBIs, and Sawyer Haney went 2-for-3 for Cooperstown, (7-6, 6-4), which will travel to Morrisville-Eaton today.
Waterville (1-12) is 0-10 in league.
Greene 5, UV 4
Zach Lindow reached on an error, went to second on a sacrifice, to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to give Greene a 5-4 lead and the host Trojans held on for a semifinal victory in the Midstate Athletic Conference 5-8 tournament.
Brendan Brooker went 2-for-3 and scored a run for Unadilla Valley (7-9), which received four strikeouts and no walks from Mason Alford in a seven-hitter.
The Storm will host Harpursville on Wednesday in the MAC 5-8 consolation game.
Greene will travel Hancock today in the 5-8 title game.
Deposit 1, Delhi 0
Brian Hannigan struck out 14, walked two and allowed four hits over eight innings, but host Delhi lost a first-round game of the Midstate Athletic Conference 9-12 tournament.
Brandon Macumber led off Deposit’s eighth with a single. Zach Decker then laid down a sacrifice bunt and reached on throwing error, leaving runners on second and third.
Zack Gifford then flew out to shallow center as the runners stayed put.
After Hannigan induced a popout to the catcher for the second out, he had a 1-2 count on Dan Babcock. He then threw a high fastball that bounced off of catcher Tyler Dugan’s glove, allowing Macumber to score on a passed ball.
“It was a really good game,” Delhi coach Fred Barkalow said. “Both pitchers had good breaking balls and they got ahead of hitters.”
Winning pitcher Austin Decker struck out four and walked one in a three-hitter.
Delhi (3-11) will play at Afton today in the 9-12 consolation.
Deposit (7-8) will host Walton in the 9-12 final.
B-G 2, Oxford 1
Winning pitcher Austin Bauerle struck out nine and walked one in a six-hitter as host Bainbridge-Guilford won the consolation game of the Midstate Athletic Conference 1-4 tournament.
“(Bauerle) just kept the ball low, kept it in the strike zone and our defense was real solid tonight,” Bobcats coach Tim Mattingly said.
Bauerle retired the final six batters, including striking out the side in the seventh inning.
B-G scored once in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead. Tyler Ouimet singled and stole second. He took third on a wild pitch and then scored on a wild pitch.
Lucas Butcher, Corbin Palmer and Ouimet each finished with two hits for B-G (12-3), which will play a non-league game at Hancock on Thursday.
Worcester 11, Milford 9
Bobby Runblad went 2-for-5 with three runs and an RBI to help visiting Worcester to a victory over Tri-Valley League East Division champion Milford.
Chris Mravlja struck out four and walked two in an eight-hitter for the Wolverines, who took control with four runs in the fifth. Nate Nicklaus doubled to open the inning, which featured RBI singles from Derrick Pross and Ryan Perillo. Worcester led, 11-7, after its at-bats in the fifth.
Jordan Colone, Jacob Tabor and Peyton Griffiths combined on a seven-hitter for the Wildcats (10-2, 10-2), who committed seven errors.
Paul VanWarner went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Milford, which closes its regular-season schedule at Richfield Springs today.
Milford will play West Division winner Edmeston in the Tri-Valley League championship game Friday at Oneonta State.
Edmeston 11, G-MU 2
Five Edmeston pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Tri-Valley League West Division champion Panthers won on the road.
Clayton Hawes went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to lead the Panthers, who will play East Division winner Milford for the T-V championship Friday at Oneonta State.
Gilbertsville-Mount Upton’s Andy Baker had both hits for the Raiders (4-12).
Schenevus 12, CV-S 8
Jacob Darling hit an RBI single during a 10-run sixth inning that carried visiting Schenevus to a Tri-Valley League victory.
The Dragons had four of their nine hits in the sixth inning, which started with Cherry Valley-Springfield leading, 6-2.
Justin Monahan tripled and Jake Fassett doubled for CV-S, which ends its season at 4-11.
Margaretville 5, Gilboa 2
Margaretville earned a trip to Section Four Class D Tournament with a non-league victory over Gilboa at Damaschke Field.
Winning pitcher Kyle Short struck out 10 and walked two in a two-hitter for the Blue Devils (7-7, 3-6), who received three hits and an RBI from Matt VanValkenburg.
“Kyle really pitched a heck of a game for us today,” Margaretville coach John Bernhardt said. “We needed to win this game to get our record to 7-7 so that we would qualify for sectionals and he probably had his best outing of the season.”
Eric Mathiesen contributed two hits for Margaretville, which went ahead to stay on a two-run single by Mitch Hull in the bottom of the fifth.
Hunter Grace struck out six and walked two in the pitching loss.
Stamford 7, SK 1
Greg Keating’s RBI triple in the sixth inning snapped a 1-all tie and helped visiting Stamford to a non-league victory.
Sean Vroman’s RBI single scored Keating to make it 3-1. Stamford then scored four times in the seventh inning, including Greg Mattice’s two-run homer.
Winning pitcher Matt Anderson and counterpart Griff Metzko had 11 strikeouts apiece. Anderson walked one in his two-hitter and Metzko had three walks in an eight-hitter.
Greg Mattice, Geoff Mattice and Keating had two hits apiece for Delaware League Upper Division champion Stamford, which will play Downsville for the league championship at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Neahwa Park.
The Rams finished their season at 2-12.
Windham 15, H-T 5
Aidan Cohane doubled and drove in three runs to lead host Windham to a Delaware League victory.
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.
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.