A 10-run first inning and another stellar outing from Ryan Packard propelled Oneonta to a 12-0, five-inning win over Owego in Legion play Monday.
"We had a good start and got good pitching. We took care of business in a game where we should have," Oneonta coach Mike Jester said.
The Green Wave took a double-digit lead after a half inning as John Mikolaicyk notched four RBIs in the first. The RIT sophomore recorded a RBI double in his first at-bat before hitting a three-run home run in his second plate appearance. Aidan Breakey and Tanner Beang each had a RBI single in the frame.
That was plenty of support for Packard (3-1), who earned the win by walking one and striking out eight.
"He really dominated the game," Jester said. "They didn't hit the ball out of the infield. It was all ground outs and one infield popup."
Mikolaicyk finished 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs to pace the Oneonta offense. Sean MacInerney and Chris Champlin each had a double for the Green Wave, with Breakey and Beang rounding out the visitors' seven hits. Owego committed seven errors.
Oneonta (14-9-1) visits Maine-Endwell Thursday at 6 p.m. before district playoffs begin Sunday.
"We are definitely one of the favorites. We have the best four-man rotation in the district, I think," Jester said.
It's just a matter of whether or not we keep hitting. We don't always see the best pitching, and we will have to see what happens when we see better pitching. But we have a good lineup top to bottom so we can play good baseball."
Cavan Tully and John Rhodes have been selected to represent the Oneonta Outlaws at next week's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game.
The duo joins 26 other players from the league's west division, which is set to play the east division on Tuesday, July 16 at Cantine Field, home of the Saugerties Stallions.
Tully, a sophomore at Binghamton, is second on the team with a .324 average, and is tied for the team high with 17 runs. He is also ranks in the top five of several other offensive categories and is a regular in the Oneonta middle infield.
Rhodes, who is about to begin his freshman year at Kentucky, is tied for the team high in hits (24) and triples (two), while his three home runs make him the only Oneonta player with more than one. His 15 RBIs are also a team high and his .304 average is fourth on the team.
Rhodes has two three-hit games this season and hit a pair of home runs in Oneonta's 5-3 win over Glens Falls on June 6.
Mohawk Valley leads all teams with seven selections, three of them starters. Albany and Saugerties each have six selections, while league-leading Amsterdam has five.
Oneonta, Glens Falls and Watertown have the smallest delegations, each with two players.
Oneonta 12, Owego 0
Oneonta ...... (10)00 02 – 12 7 0
Owego ...... 000 00 – 0 1 7
Ryan Packard (W, 3-1) and Chris Champlin. Nate Bennett (L), Danny Barran (2) and Kyle Tofte.
2B: Chris Champlin (O), John Mikolaicyk (O), Sean MacInerney (O); HR: John Mikolaicyk (O).