Four days after winning in walk-off fashion, Oneonta was on the other side of the equation Tuesday as Elmira’s Brennen Dorighi knocked in Bryce Moskiewicz with zero outs in the eighth inning to win the first half of a scheduled double-header, 5-4.
The win clinched the final PGCBL playoff position for Elmira before the evening’s second game was canceled.
The Outlaws threatened to break the tie in the top of the eighth as Noah Cabrera doubled with one out, but a double play cut the inning short. Moskiewicz was hit by Outlaws pitcher and Oneonta High School graduate Tanner Beang to lead off the bottom of the inning before Dorighi’s double plated the winning run.
The double ended what had been a back-and-forth contest. Elmira took a 1-0 lead in the second, sending seven batters to the plate as Oneonta starter Devin Lewis walked in a run.
Baylin Moore led off the fourth for Oneonta, taking second on an error before eventually scoring on a passed ball to tie it at one.
PGCBL Player of the Week Ben Bianco continued his hot hitting in the fifth, doubling in Reilly Hall after he led off the inning and reached on an error. Bianco later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jared Payne to put Oneonta ahead, 3-1.
Elmira scored three in the bottom of the fifth to chase Lewis and retake the lead, but John Rhodes’ leadoff double in the seventh saw him later score on a wild pitch to even it after seven.
Lewis finished with four runs, two of them earned, on three hits and four walks. He also struck out one in just more than four innings. Beang pitched just more three innings in relief, including scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh, and totaled one earned run and two hits. He struck out one and walked one.
Rhodes had two hits to lead the Oneonta offense, while Payne had the lone RBI for the Outlaws. Hall, Bianco, Moore, Cabrera and Kevin Gsell each had a hit, and Giordan Cerbo walked twice.
The Outlaws (17-28) will miss the playoffs, and finish the season Wednesday night by hosting Mohawk Valley at 7 p.m.