Oneonta and Sidney are among four Legion baseball teams left in the double-elimination District Six Tournament.

The Green Wave advanced Tuesday with a 5-0 losers' bracket victory over host Windsor after Sidney eliminated Trumansburg, 10-8, at Windsor.

Oneonta (24-14) and Sidney (14-13) will meet in a losers' bracket semifinal at 2 p.m. today. All remaining games will be played at Windsor and all are scheduled for nine innings.

The winner of the Oneonta-Sidney game will play the loser of the winners' bracket final between Horseheads and Vestal, who play at 5 today, at 2 p.m. Thursday in the losers' bracket final.

Then at 5 p.m. Thursday, the losers' bracket champion faces the winners' bracket winner.

If the losers' bracket champion wins that game, the teams will play again at 5 p.m. Friday to determine the champion.

The tournament champion advances to the eight-team state tournament, which starts July 29 at Murnane Field in Utica.

Oneonta 5, Windsor 0

Winning pitcher Mike Tietjen threw a five-hitter and drove in two runs to lead Oneonta.

"He was in command from the beginning," Green Wave coach Mike Jester said of Tietjen, who struck out three and walked two. "It was his best outing of the season and it came against a pretty good team. He pounded the strike zone with his fastball all night long."

Oneonta took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. On the second pitch of the game, Jeff Wiltsie lined a shot off Windsor starter Ron Graham's throwing hand for an infield single that ended the pitcher's outing.

Mike Williams relieved and Matt Marcewicz drew a walk. After Jack Benjamin blooped a single into shallow right, Brenden Wolfanger drew a bases-loaded walk to score Wiltsie.

In the third inning, Wiltsie walked and went to third on Benjamin's double to right-center. Wiltsie scored on a groundout to second by Wolfanger to make it 2-0.

Oneonta increased its lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning, when

Nate Eastman singled and scored on Tietjen's triple that bounced off the left-centerfield fence.

Tietjen also had a sacrifice fly during Oneonta's two-run sixth inning.

"It was a 360 degree difference from last night," Jester said of Oneonta's 8-1 loss to Vestal on Monday.

Benjamin had two of Oneonta's seven hits and Wolfanger contributed two RBIs.

In the teams' lone meeting this season, Oneonta defeated Sidney, 7-3.

Oneonta 5, Windsor 0


Losers' bracket

Windsor000 000 0 _ 0 5 1

Oneonta101 102 x _ 5 7 0

Ron Graham (L), Mike Williams (1) and Pat Hopkins. Mike Tietjen (W,4-4) and Matt Marcewicz. 2B _ Brenden Wolfanger (O), Jack Benjamin (O). 3B _ Mike Tietjen (O).

Sidney 10, Trumansburg 8

Sidney scored five times after two were out in the sixth inning to take a 10-6 lead and then held off a Trumansburg rally in the seventh.

Trailing, 6-5, in the bottom of the sixth, Andy Kozak singled to center with two outs. After Tyler Newman walked, Brett Hauber was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dalton Smith's RBI single to center tied the score at 6 and Cody Chambers' RBI single to left made it 7-6.

Dustin Rutz followed with a two-run single to left-center and Chet Davis' RBI single to right capped the inning.

"In a win or go-home situation, it was big," Sidney coach Matt Hafele said of his team's two-out rally. "We had been putting the ball play all game. They only had three strikeouts, but some of them started to drop."

Trumansburg, which opened the tournament with a 9-4 loss to Oneonta, rallied in the top of the seventh.

Winning pitcher Dale Rifenbark (3-3) allowed a leadoff single to Justin Smith and then walked Hank Newman. Hafele brought in Tyler Newman to relieve and Nikko Nunez hit a shot to right-center. Right fielder Hauber made a back-handed catch while diving and then threw to second to double off Smith.

"It was full extension," Hafele said of Hauber's grab. "It was a web gem for sure."

Tyler Newman walked the next two hitters to load the bases and gave up RBI singles to the next two batters to make it 10-8, but clean-up hitter Nick Biondi grounded out to Rutz at first to end it.

Down, 5-2, in the fifth, Sidney scored three times to tie it. Smith had an RBI single and Chambers' squeeze bunt down the first-base line scored another run.

Kozak went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and Hauber, Smith, Chambers, Rutz and Cody Komenda each had two hits for Sidney.

Sidney 10, Trumansburg 8


at Windsor

Trumansburg410 001 2 _ 8 10 0

Sidney110 035 x _ 10 14 2

Jordan Updyke, Ben Robertson (6,L) and Hank Newman. Dale Rifenbark (W,3-3), Tyler Newman (7,S,2) and Cody Komenda. 2B _ Dustin Rutz (S).

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