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June 10, 2013

Outlaws off to 1-1 start

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A so-so start to the Oneonta Outlaws' New York Collegiate Baseball League season opened with a 6-0 victory over the Sherrill Silversmiths on Saturday at Damaschke Field.

On Sunday, visiting Sherrill earned an 8-4 victory.

In Saturday's season opener, Oneonta High senior Chris Pindar went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and winning pitcher Matthew Milburn struck out 11 in a two-hitter.

The Outlaws scored four times in the first inning against losing pitcher Collin Laguzza, who allowed five runs — two earned — over two innings.

Brian Kraft, Brandon Stephens and Pindar hit RBI doubles in the first inning.

Evan Harasta's RBI double in the second inning made it 5-0.

Oneonta State-bound Pindar, who hit a team-record seven home runs this spring for the Yellowjackets, doubled and scored in the sixth inning to cap the scoring.

Milburn allowed no hits after Dylin Eschenburg's single in the third inning. He finished with two walks.

Oneonta High graduate Sean Getman went 0-for-1 for the Outlaws.

Nate Eastman, an OHS grad, went 0-for-3 for Sherrill. Eastman will join Pindar at O-State in the spring of 2014.

On Sunday, the Outlaws committed three errors that led to three unearned runs for the Silversmiths.

Three walks issued by winning pitcher Josh Griffith in the first inning helped Oneonta take a 2-0 lead. Joe Howard and Spencer Duffie had RBI groundouts in the inning, which also included a single by Getman, who finished 1-for-4.

Sherrill answered with four runs in the second. Richard Guglielmi hit a two-run double off of losing pitcher Luke Crumley. Two more runs scored on an error by shortstop Ryan Tomito.

Oneonta closed to 4-3 in the bottom of the second on Tomito's RBI single.

Michael Bunal and Michael Escanilla hit RBI singles in the fifth inning as Sherrill took a 6-3 lead. Sherrill scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.

Oneonta capped the scoring in the ninth inning, when Pindar walked and scored on Jake Levine's triple.

The Outlaws (1-1) will travel to play the Syracuse Salt Cats at 5 p.m. today.

Former Outlaws drafted

Two former members of the Oneonta Outlaws were picked by the Boston Red Sox during the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday.

The Red Sox selected shortstop Carlos Asuaje in the 11th round (323rd overall) and right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel in the 18th round (533rd overall).

Nova Southeastern University junior Asuaje and West Chester University junior Gunkel played for the Outlaws during their New York Collegiate Baseball League championship season in 2011. Their selections give the Outlaws three draft picks this year as Omar Garcia, a Miami Dade Community College outfielder who played for Oneonta in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League last season, went in the seventh round (212th overall) to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

PGCBL

Cooperstown 9, Amsterdam 3

Leadoff hitter Brendan O'Reily went 4-for-5 and scored twice to lead the Cooperstown Hawkeyes to a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League victory Sunday at Doubleday Field.

Ryan Hanahan, Cameron Day and Matt Feldt had two hits apiece for the Hawkeyes, who improved to 2-0.

Hanahan's double off the fence in left in the sixth inning gave Cooperstown a 4-3 lead.

Reliever Luke Mould earned the victory. He threw three innings of scoreless ball with four strikeouts.

The Hawkeyes, whose game Saturday at Newark was postponed by rain, will travel to Elmira at 5 p.m. today.