Outlaws throttle Pioneers in penultimate home game

JARED BOMBA | The Daily Star The Outlaws’ Baylin Moore scores on a sacrifice fly by Hite Merrifield during the sixth inning of Sunday’s game at Damaschke Field.

Fortunately for the Outlaws, the Damaschke Field scoreboard is not analog, or there may not have been enough numeral ones to keep track of the score Sunday.

Oneonta scored 11 sixth-inning runs, along with single runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings of a storm-shortened, 14-1 win over the Elmira Pioneers Sunday in Neahwa Park.

The rain never fell too hard, but the threat of a storm caused the managers to end the contest early as the Oneonta lead grew into double digits. Already owning a 3-0 lead entering the sixth, the Outlaws sent 15 batters to the plate and totaled eight hits as the Pioneers managed just two outs before distant lightning ended the proceedings.

John Rhodes and Mike Casaleggio each had two hits in the inning, while Cavan Tully and Giordan Cerbo also reached base twice. The Outlaws had already scored four runs by the time Trevor Henneman replaced Chase Austin on the mound, and Henneman soon allowed a Baylin Moore single to score Jared Payne and Bowen Plagge.

With the bases again loaded, Rhodes delivered the biggest blow of the inning as his double plated Cerbo and Casaleggio. Ben Bianco followed with a two-RBI double that made the deficit 13 before play ceased.

The final margin looked unlikely early on as Elmira struck first and kept the score tied until the third inning. The Pioneers got a first-inning run on Oneonta starter Anthony Van Fossen, only for the Outlaws to even it in the bottom half as Payne drove in Rhodes.

Moore led off the fourth with a triple, later scoring on a sacrifice fly by Cerbo. In the fifth, Payne again drove in Rhodes with zero outs, causing Elmira to bring in Austin for starter Kevin Teschko.

That lead appeared to be comfortable even before the 11-run sixth, as Van Fossen (4-2) continued his strong second half by holding the Pioneers to just one base runner after the first inning. He totaled two hits and one walk while striking out three and allowing one run in six innings.

Rhodes finished 4-for-5 with four runs and three RBIs to lead the Oneonta onslaught. Casaleggio had three hits, while Bianco, Payne and Moore each had two. Bianco also had three RBIs, while Payne and Moore each had two.

Oneonta (17-27), which is not in playoff contention, visits Elmira Tuesday for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. before playing the final game of the season at home against Mohawk Valley Wednesday at 7 p.m.

 

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