Andy Kozak threw his first Legion baseball no-hitter and Sidney clinched a spot in the District 6 Tournament with an 11-0 victory over Cooperstown on Tuesday at Doubleday Field.
Kozak struck out seven, walked two and hit three batters in a game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.
"His fastball was pretty dominant," Sidney coach Matt Hafele said of Kozak, a right-hander. "We were working on some new things, which is why he was a little wild."
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Kozak, who threw a five-inning no-hitter against Hancock in Sidney's 8-0 win in the Midstate Athletic Conference final during the high school season, also hit a three-run double during Sidney's three-run fifth inning.
Sidney took a 3-0 lead in the third inning, when Cody Chambers hit an RBI double, and Dale Rifenbark and Dan Shelton followed with RBI singles.
Dylan VanPelt went 3-for-3, including a triple and three runs scored, and Jon Wingate contributed two hits.
Sidney (12-11) joined Oneonta as the two teams that qualified for the eight-team District 6 Tournament from Division II. Six Division I teams (Binghamton area) also qualified. The double-elimination tournament begins Saturday at Conlon Field in Binghamton.
Sidney 11, Cooperstown 0
at Doubleday Field
Sidney 003 53 _ 11 10 0
Cooperstown 000 00 _ 0 0 9
Andy Kozak (W) and Matt Vogel. Ethan Bliss (L), Jim Donley (4), Denninger (5) and Jarrett Hotaling, Sam Dubben (5). 2B _ Andy Kozak (S), Cody Chambers (S). 3B _ Dylan VanPelt (S).
Oneonta wins twice
Oneonta Post 229 followed a 14-7 victory at Harpursville with a 21-3 win at Whitney Point.
Against Harpursville, the Green Wave scored seven times in the seventh inning to snap a 7-all tie. Ben Moxley led off Oneonta's seventh with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Horne. Pinch-hitter Mike Calkins followed with an RBI double down the left field line. Then James Emilio hit an inside-the-park homer to left to make it 10-7.
Emilio and Moxley had three hits and two RBIs apiece. Brenden Wolfanger and David Wright each finished with two hits.
At Whitney Point, the Green Wave hit four home runs in a five-inning game.
Dan Hodne hit a three-run shot to center during Oneonta's nine-run first inning. Calkins homered to center in the fourth inning and teammate Sean Getman hit a three-run shot later in the frame. Conor Youngs contributed a three-run shot to center in the fifth inning.
Getman finished with five hits and three RBIs, and Wright and Zach Pidgeon had three hits apiece. Youngs had two hits and four RBIs, and Emilio finished with two hits.
Winning pitcher Mark Giallanzo allowed one run, struck out seven and walked one in a complete game.
Oneonta (23-8) plays Oxford/Norwich at 6 tonight at Damaschke Field.
Oneonta 14, Harpursville 7
Oneonta 100 600 7 _ 14 15 4
Harpursville 103 210 0 _ 7 9 6
Ryne Rivino, Chris Pindar (6,W,1-0) and Zach Erbe, Zach Pidgeon (7). Matt Jones, Scott Gorton (5,L), Chris Kelley (6) and Justin Wood. 2B _ David Wright (O), Brenden Wolfanger (O), Dan Hodne (O), Zach Erbe (O), Mike Calkins (O). 3B _ Justin Wood (H). HR _ James Emilio (O).
Oneonta 21, Whitney Point 3
Oneonta 920 64 _ 21 17 2
Whitney Point 021 00 _ 3 5 7
Mark Giallanzo (W,2-2) and Zach Pidgeon. Jeremy Olenski (L), Brad Stein (1) and Dale Driscoll. 2B _ David Wright (O). HR _ Conor Youngs (O), Sean Getman (O), Dan Hodne (O), Mike Calkins (O).