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May 14, 2013

Baker strikes out 17 in win

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Brieanna Baker’s two-hitter included 17 strikeouts and Oneonta High rallied from a two-run deficit to beat visiting Seton Catholic Central, 3-2, in 10 innings in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference softball game Monday.

“The weather wasn’t conducive to helping anyone out,” OHS coach Randy Brockway said. “I wasn’t sure if we should play beforehand. It was a cold, wet game. We knew we had to win this game on Senior Appreciation. That was a little bit of pressure.

“Seton is a very good team,” he continued. “We knew it would be close. They usually find ways to score runs. Defensively and pitching-wise, we did a good job. It wasn’t not a great night offensively, but we did a pretty good job of figuring out how to score three runs.”

In the 10th inning, both teams started with a runner on second base because of the international tiebreaker rule.

In the top of the inning, Baker struck out the top two batters — Nicole Keefe and Lexi Levy — to start the inning and Lauren Castellucci grounded to short.

Oneonta started its 10th with Maria DiMartin on second base. Leadoff batter Cami Cleaveland then walked. Hayley Dower with a fielder’s choice grounder to second as DiMartin advanced to third. Dower then stole second and Seton threw down as DiMartin headed home.

DiMartin beat the return throw for the winning run.

“It was a close play,” said Brockway, whose team improved to 16-1 overall and 15-1 in STAC. “It was a good wide slide by Maria. She slid wide and came back and touched the base to avoid the tag.”

The Saints nearly scored in the ninth. Their first two hitter reached on a dropped third strike and a hit batsman. Colleen Baudendistel then laid down a bunt. Second baseman Dower covered first and had a collision with Baudendistel as the ball came out of her glove. The umpire ruled offensive interference and the runner had to return to first and second. The next two batters grounded out to end it.

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