Early offense lifts Outlaws over Blue Sox, 10-6

CHERYL CLOUGHOneonta’s John Rhodes is congratulated at the plate by teammate Kevin Gsell after he hit a solo homer in the 2nd inning on Saturday’s game against Utica at Damaschke Field.

Oneonta scored eight combined runs in the first two innings, holding off the Utica Blue Sox for a 10-6 win Saturday at Damaschke Field.

Utica took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Tyler Simon scored an unearned run for the away team.

In the bottom half of the inning, Oneonta managed to load the bases with two outs following three walks issued by Utica starting pitcher Ryan McWilliams.

A Baylin Moore single brought home two runs for the Outlaws before a Minjae Hong double scored Moore and Ben Bianco to make it 4-1. Hong scored later in the inning after Matt Pagano drew a bases-loaded walk to put Oneonta up, 5-1.

Utica got another run in the top of the second, but a Moore RBI single, a Bianco RBI double and a solo home run from John Rhodes gave the Outlaws an 8-2 cushion.

Rhodes, a freshman at the University of Kentucky, scored twice and finished with one hit. The home run was his third of the season, tied for fourth in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

Moore finished with a team-best three hits and three RBI in his four at-bats.

Bianco, Hong, Cavan Tully, Kevin Gsell and Giordan Cerbo each doubled for the Outlaws in the win.

McWilliams lasted just 2/3 of an inning for the Blue Sox. He walked five batters and allowed five earned runs to earn the loss.

Dave Yankowski got the start on the mound for Oneonta, striking out five and allowing eight hits and three earned runs in five innings of work. He was relieved by Daniel Wade in the sixth.

The Outlaws (7-10) host the Glens Falls Dragons on Monday at 7 p.m. at Damaschke Field.

The Outlaws are in fifth place in the six-team East Division. They trail the Suagerties Stallions (8-9) by one game. The Amsterdam Mohawks (14-2) are in first place.

LEGION BASEBALL

The Green Wave Classic

Oneonta Post 259 rallied from Friday’s 4-3 opening-round loss to Clinton County by winning three straight games and advancing to Sunday’s championship of the 22nd annual Green Wave Classic at Damaschke Field.

Unfortunately for the Green Wave their winning streak was snapped in the title game, falling to the Montreal Titans, 9-4.

“We competed real hard,” Oneonta head coach Mike Jester said. “We lost that first game Friday but came back and played really good baseball Saturday and Sunday morning. We came up a little short on pitching in the championship but it was a good weekend of baseball for us.”

Jordan Goble got the start on the mound for Oneonta in the title game. He was relieved by Tanner Russin in the fourth inning.

Oneonta scored two runs in the first inning before the Titans answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half.

A two-run third gave the lead back to Oneonta, 4-3, but six runs in the fourth for the Titans were enough to clinch the championship.

Aidan Breakey doubled for the Green Wave in Sunday’s title-game loss, and teammate Caden Clow had a triple. Chris Champlin had a team-best three hits in the loss.

The Green Wave started Saturday with a 17-6 win over Corning Grey Post 746, and a 6-0 win over the Brockville Bunnies later in the day secured a spot in Sunday’s semifinals for the hosts.

Sunday’s semifinal matchup saw the Green Wave take on the same Clinton County team that had defeated them in the opening round.

Starting pitcher Ryan Packard threw a no-hitter for Oneonta to lift his team to the championship.

“Ryan was back to his normal self,” Jester said. “ He had a good fastball and command of all his pitches. He worked hard the last half of the high school season and looked great and dominated the game.”

Caden Clow had the team’s only extra-base hit during the semifinal, a triple, and Andrew Shapiro finished with two hits and two RBI for the Green Wave.

SUNDAY’S RESULTS

Green Wave Classic Semifinal

Oneonta 5, Clinton County 0

Clinton County ..... 000 000 0– 0 0 1

Oneonta .... 010 310 x – 5 4 0

Ryan Packard (W) and Chris Champlin. David Garrand (L), Josh Byrne (6) and Issac Bordeau.

3B: Caden Clow (O).

Green Wave Classic Championship

Montreal Titans 9, Oneonta 4

Oneonta ..... 202 000 0– 4 6 2

Montreal ....300 600 x – 9 11 1

Zach Marlow (W), Nate Eatman (7) and Frank Larose. Jordan Goble (L), Tanner Russin (4), Cole Platt (6) and Chris Champlin.

2B: Aidan Breakey (O), Chad Browne (M), Anthony Perreault (M).

3B: Caden Clow (O).