The Daily Star
---- — Taylor Jones went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run Tuesday, but the Oneonta Outlaws fell, 7-4, to the Sherrill Silversmiths in a New York Collegiate Baseball League game at Damaschke Field.
Oneonta's loss to the Eastern Division-leading Silversmiths (11-4) marked its fourth straight loss after opening the season with four consecutive victories.
The Outlaws (4-4), third behind Sherrill and the Geneva Red Wings (7-5) in the East, will visit the Syracuse Salt Cats at 7 p.m. today at Onondaga Community College. The Salt Cats (7-8) stand fourth in the six-team Eastern Division.
Jones drove in the first run of Tuesday's game with a two-out triple to left field.
Kody Ruedisili singled off Sherrill starter Cody Tolbert, who then walked Matthew Bolger to give Oneonta runners at first and second. Jones then tripled home Ruedisili, but Bolger was thrown out at the plate on the relay from second baseman Kellen Brown to end the inning.
The Silversmiths rallied back with three runs in the fourth against losing pitcher Jeremy Roberts, who walked Brown to open the inning. After getting sacrificed to second by Reid Neal, Brown scored to tie it when Oneonta shortstop Ben Mauseth misplayed a grounder by Kevin Brice.
Mauseth made another error on a ball hit by Oneonta High graduate David Wright, giving Sherrill runners at the corners. Christian Triplett followed with an RBI single and Nicholas Duarte drove in Wright with a groundout to second to put the Silversmiths up, 3-1.
Neal doubled to lead off the sixth and later scored on a passed ball for a 4-1 lead. Wright singled and moved into scoring position on a passed ball before making it 5-1 as he scored on a single by Duarte in the sixth.
Back-to-back singles by Jones and Mauseth to start the bottom frame put runners at the corners for Oneonta, which cut its deficit to 5-2 when the two executed a double steal.
The Outlaws, who drew 1,402 fans, pulled to 5-4 in the seventh with a pair of unearned runs.
The Silversmiths countered with two runs off of Oneonta reliever Jaren Drummond in the ninth. Dalton Rook scored on a wild pitch before Ellington Hopkins came home on a single by Brown to cap the scoring.
Roberts struck out six, walked one and allowed five runs — two earned — on four hits in six innings. Drummond also was charged with two earned runs. He struck out two, walked none and gave up four hits in three innings.
Ruedisili finished 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for the Outlaws, who stranded six runners.
Tolbert struck out one, walked three and scattered six hits in eight innings for the pitching victory. Two of the four runs he allowed were earned.
Cory Poplawski retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth for the save.
Wright reached base three times for Sherrill, including twice on errors. He finished 1-for-4 with two runs for the Silversmiths, who host the Syracuse Junior Chiefs at 5 p.m. today.