Two of the Cooperstown's runs scored on passed balls as the Hawkeyes clinched a New York Collegiate Baseball League Eastern Division playoff spot with a 4-1 victory over Albany on Tuesday before 463 fans at Doubleday Field.
The Hawkeyes (21-19) moved a half-game ahead of idle Glens Falls (20-19) for third place in the Eastern Division. The top four teams in the Eastern and Western divisions qualify for the playoffs.
The third-place team in the division will travel to the second seed for a first-round, best-of-three playoff series that starts at 7 p.m. Friday. The fourth seed will head to the top seed Friday.
Second-place Oneonta (26-16) ended its regular season Tuesday with an 8-5 victory over Glens Falls. First-place Amsterdam is 26-14, with games left against Mohawk Valley tonight and Albany on Thursday.
Contrary to what was reported by Oneonta co-owner Keith Rogers on Monday, the Outlaws can still earn the top seed in the Eastern Division.
If Amerstdam loses its final two games, Amsterdam and Oneonta would have matching 26-16 records and would be declared co-regular season division champs.
But Oneonta would earn the top seed based on winning four of the seven games it played against Amsterdam.
Cooperstown opened the scoring in the first inning, when Matt Howard reached on fielding error by Albany's shortstop. Howard went to second when Alex Todd walked, to third on a groundout by Goose Kallunki and scored when Brett Sowers reached on a dropped third-strike.
The Hawkeyes made it 2-0 in the third inning.
Josh Boyd opened the inning with an infield hit to shortstop and went to second on Howard's sacrifice bunt. Todd then hit an RBI single.
After Albany closed to 2-1 on a homer to right by Mike DiBiase in the fourth, Cooperstown capped the scoring with two runs in the seventh.
Cooperstown graduate Frank Petroskey reached on a bunt single to start things. After Boyd popped up a bunt for an out, Petroskey went to second on a passed ball. Howard followed with a lined single to right that sent Petroskey to third. Petroskey then scored on passed ball to make it 3-1.
Howard went to second on the play. Todd was intentionally walked before both runners moved up on a double-steal.
Kallunki then scored Howard on a sacrifice fly to left.
Boyd had two of Cooperstown's six hits.
Winning pitcher Brad Orosey allowed one run over seven innings. Justin Moore threw a scoreless eighth and Mike Barsotti earned the save with a scoreless ninth.
Cooperstown concludes its regular season today, with games at Glens Falls at 1 p.m. and at Albany at 7 p.m.
No other information was reported to The Daily Star on Oneonta's victory over Mohawk Valley.