Bianco's walkoff lifts Outlaws over Adirondack, 7-6

JARED BOMBA | The Daily Star Outlaws second baseman Giordan Cerbo takes a throw from catcher Ben Bianco to catch Adirondack's Randy Flores stealing to end the top of the fifth inning during Friday's game at Damaschke Field.

Ben Bianco's two-run, walkoff single erased the third deficit of the night for Oneonta as the Outlaws topped Adirondack, 7-6, Friday at Damaschke Field.

Trailing, 6-5, Bianco came to the plate with two outs after a walk, a single and a hit batter loaded the bases. The Louisville junior came through with his second single of the game, this time plating pinch runner Hite Merrifield from third and winning run Bowen Plagge from second.

The rally was the third time that the Outlaws erased a slim Adirondack lead. The Trail Blazers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Oneonta starter Cole Fancher, but four shutout innings from Fancher and single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings put Oneonta up, 3-1. Plagge scored on a single by Giordan Cerbo in the third, and a failed pickoff by Adirondack brought in John Rhodes in the fourth.

In the fifth, Jared Payne led off with a double and scored on Plagge's triple in the next at-bat.

Fancher ran into trouble in the sixth, allowing two doubles and three runs before Ashton Sturgell entered to record the final out. Sturgell allowed a run in the seventh, but Oneonta answered with two runs in the eighth. Rhodes doubled in Cavan Tully before coming around to score and tie the game.

Walker Sutman walked two and allowed a pair of hits as Adirondack went back ahead in the ninth before Bianco ended it in the home half

Fancher totaled four runs, three of them earned, with six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also struck out five and walked three.

Plagge led the Outlaws with three hits, finishing a home run shy of the cycle. Rhodes and Bianco each had a pair of hits as the Outlaws totaled 11.

Oneonta (16-26) has won five of its last seven and visits Albany for a 3 p.m. doubleheader Saturday at Siena Field. The Outlaws return home Sunday to host Elmira at 7 p.m.