Oneonta used a four-run third inning and got five strong innings of relief from its bullpen to top Elmira, 7-3, Sunday at Damaschke Field.
The win gave Oneonta (9-19) a second win in three outings and saw the team climb out of last place in the PGCBL's East Division. The Outlaws lead last-place Glens Falls (8-20) by one game, while Amsterdam leads the division at 22-6, 13 games ahead of the Outlaws.
After opening the scoring with one run in the first via a walk, a balk and an error, the Outlaws used four hits to score four in the third. Reilly Hall started the rally with a one-out walk before Jared Payne singled and Cavan Tully drove in both with a double to left field.
Tully came around to score on a triple by Kevin Gsell, and Gsell scored on a single by Baylin Moore to give the hosts a 5-0 lead entering the fourth.
The Pioneers scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth, but Oneonta scored once in both the fifth and sixth innings to extend the deficit back to four. Moore hit a two-out home run in the fifth, and Tully reached via error to score Hall with two outs in the sixth.
Three relievers combined for five innings of one-run baseball as the Outlaws held onto the early advantage. Starter Ben Wager threw four innings, allowing six hits and two runs before being replaced by Cole Fancher. Fancher allowed one earned run in two innings before Rick Burroni struck out four in a pair of scoreless frames and Ryan Mostoller finished up the ninth.
Payne led the Oneonta offense, going 3-for-5 with a run. Gsell and Moore each had two hits, and were joined by Tully in a trio of players with two RBIs. Giordan Cerbo, Hall and Tully each had one hit for the Outlaws, who totaled 11 to Elmira's eight. Hall also had three walks.
Oneonta visits Elmira Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.