Outlaws offense surges late in 16-8 win

Five players had multiple RBI as Oneonta scored five in the seventh and three in both the eighth and ninth to pull away from Utica, 16-8, on the road Wednesday.

Tied at five after the Blue Sox scored three in the home half of the sixth, Baylin Moore got the top of the seventh started for Oneonta with a single. Cavan Tully followed with a walk and John Rhodes singled to load the bases with zero outs before Noah Cabrera was hit by a pitch with one out to put the Outlaws back in the lead, 6-5.

Ethan Cornelius continued the inning with a single that plated Tully and Rhodes. Minjae Hong’s sacrifice fly scored Cabrera, and Hite Merrifield singled in Cornelius after a Mike Casaleggio walk to make the deficit 10-5 entering the bottom of the seventh.

The Outlaws totaled four hits for their five runs in the inning, sending 10 batters to the plate.

Utica scored one in the bottom of the frame, but three more Oneonta runs made the deficit 13-7 heading to the bottom of the eighth. Tully reached on an error ahead of a Rhodes single, allowing Kevin Gsell to bring in Tully with a ground ball to second.

Cabrera reached on another Blue Sox error and Niko Amory, hitting for Cornelius, singled in Gsell and Cabrera to make the deficit six.

Three two-out runs in the ninth, featuring RBI by Michael Warley, Cabrera and Hong expanded the lead to nine.

Four doubles keyed four fifth-inning runs to give Oneonta the early lead before Utica’s three-run sixth tied it. Back-to-back doubles by Merrifield and Moore started the inning, which also saw a RBI double by Rhodes and a two-RBI double by Ben Bianco that scored Tully and Rhodes.

Rhodes finished 3-for-4 with two runs and a RBI, while Cabrera, Amory, Hong, Bianco and Cornelius all had two RBI.

Moore, Cabrera and Tully each scored three runs, and Moore, Cabrera, Hong and Merrifield each had two hits.

Bowen Plagge (1-0) got the win in relief for Oneonta, giving up two hits, three walks and three runs, none of them earned. Josh Hudgins took no decision in his first start and second appearance, allowing two runs, neither of them earned, with four strikeouts, three walks and four hits in three innings.

Tim Buchek threw the seventh and Cole Fancher pitched the eighth and ninth for Oneonta.

The Outlaws (4-5) look to even their record on Thursday, hosting Glens Falls at 7:05 p.m. at Damaschke Field.