Josh Martin put together another stellar pitching performance for Edmeston as the Panthers downed Schenevus, 1-0, to claim a fourth consecutive Tri-Valley League title Monday in Oneonta.
Martin (5-1) struck out 11, walked zero and did not allow a Schenevus runner to reach third base. He allowed three hits, completing the seven innings in 70 pitches.
"He was in control all night. He never really got into a jam where we were too concerned," Edmeston coach Darren Belden said. "His control was outstanding and he handled it himself on the mound."
Schenevus starter Chris Walke nearly matched the Edmeston sophomore, allowing one run and four hits. He struck out six and walked three in a complete-game loss.
Edmeston's lone run came in the first inning. Luke Ough reached base before catcher Garrett Lum singled and Nate Jennings walked. Senior Derek Lyon hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Ough.
Lum went 2-for-3 to lead Edmeston in a game that saw just seven hits.
The title marks a fourth consecutive crown for an accomplished Edmeston senior class. And while the Panthers are hoping for more this season, contributors in the sophomore and junior classes suggest there may be more than four straight in coming seasons.
"The seniors we have, they contribute a lot so naturally we hate to see them go, hopefully after a long run in sectionals," Belden said. "But we also have a lot of youth, so hopefully we have another run in us next year."
Edmeston (13-1) hosts Sidney on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a section tune-up game.
SECTION III C-2
Cooperstown won three of five final matches to win the Section III C-2 championship on Monday at Utica Park Tennis Center.
Will Weldon took the section title in first singles, defeating Sauquoit Valley's Luke Stayton, 6-1, 6-0, in the final.
Kate Trosset also earned an individual title, defeating Hamilton's Alex Linden, 6-2, 6-0 in third singles.
Lindsey Trosset and Bradley Weldon won the final in second doubles, defeating Matt Ford and Caleb Harrington of Alexandria Bay, 6-2, 6-2.
The Hawkeyes took second in the remaining two finals. Noah Lifgren earned silver in second singles, as did Delaney Holohan and Lucas Shaheen-Kritz in first doubles.
Weldon and both doubles teams advance to the Section III state qualifying tournament, set to begin on Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the same venue.
Cooperstown made it two section titles in one day as the Hawkeyes won a third consecutive Section III East Small School title at Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford.
The Hawkeyes compiled a team score of 492 to defeat Waterville (494), Mount Markham (525) and Oriskany (540).
Michael Kelley shot a 79 to earn small-school medalist honors. Jack Lambert shot an 85 and will join Kelley in the section's state team qualifier Thursday at Colgate's Seven Oaks Golf Course.
Waterville's Gabe Williams shot 84 and was the only other player from the small schools division to make the cut of 85 and reach the state qualifier. Fifteen of 61 total players made the qualifier.
Edmeston 1, Schenevus 0
Schenevus ..... 000 000 0 – 0 3 2
Edmeston ..... 100 000 0 – 1 4 0
Josh Martin (W, 5-1) and Garrett Lum. Chris Walke (L) and Dillon Gaske.
2B: Aydin Schallert (S), Dillon Gaske (S).