Hudgins, Lewis combine to stump Albany, 8-1

JARED BOMBA | The Daily Star Oneonta's Giordan Cerbo (5) is congratulated at home plate by Noah Cabrera (22) after Cerbo scored from first on a stolen base and a pair of errors by Albany.

One day after the Oneonta pitching staff gave up 24 runs in a road loss to Glens Falls, Josh Hudgins and Devin Lewis held Albany without an earned run as the Outlaws topped the Dutchmen, 8-1, at Damaschke Field.

Albany's lone run came in the third inning as a leadoff error eventually turned into a run on Parker Noland's single.

Hudgins was otherwise unscathed, allowing four hits and zero walks while striking out six in six innings of work. He put together three 1-2-3 innings as the Outlaws surged ahead with three-run frames in the first and fourth.

Walks to John Rhodes and Noah Cabrera put two Outlaws on to lead off the first. Baylin Moore continued his productive back half of the season with a two-run double before scoring on Cavan Tully's RBI single.

Bowen Plagge's RBI triple with one out started the scoring in the fourth, plating Tully. Plagge came in on a sacrifice fly by Hite Merrifield.

Giordan Cerbo produced the final run of the inning all by himself, reaching on a walk with two outs. He stole second base and headed to third on an overthrow, scoring on the play as the throw from center field bounced out of play.

Ben Bianco and Moore each had a RBI in the sixth as the Outlaws built a seven-run advantage. That was plenty for Lewis, who took over for Hudgins in the seventh and threw three scoreless innings to close out. He allowed one hit and walked three while striking out five.

Moore paced the Outlaws with three RBIs, while Bianco, Tully, Plagge and Merrifield each had one. Tully was the only Oneonta player with more than one hit, tallying two, while Rhodes, Cerbo and Cabrera each had a pair of walks.

The win, coupled with Glens Falls' 11-10 loss to Mohawk Valley, moves the Outlaws 2.5 games ahead of the Dragons (12-28) for last place in the PGCBL East standings. Amsterdam (31-9) tops the division, 16.5 games ahead of Oneonta.

The Outlaws host Adirondack Friday at 7 p.m.