Oneonta wins leader Anthony Van Fossen continued to make his case as the team’s top starter, turning in another quality start as the Outlaws won for the third time in four games, 6-3 over Watertown.
Van Fossen (3-2) did not allow a hit through four innings, setting the Rapids down in order on three occasions with a hit batter being the only player to reach base.
Watertown produced a run in the top of the first as Michael Rounds led off with a single. He came around on a double by Brandon Taylor, leaving the Rapids with a runner in scoring position and no outs, but Van Fossen got two strikeouts to hold the visitors to one run.
The Rapids scored twice in the sixth, needing just one hit as two walks got Van Fossen into trouble. Cole Fancher started the seventh for Oneonta, leaving Van Fossen with three hits, three runs, six strikeouts and two walks in six innings.
After Watertown opened the scoring in the top of the fifth, the Outlaws responded with three in the bottom half. Singles by Bowen Plagge and Ben Bianco, followed by walks for Giordan Cerbo and Jared Payne evened the game at one. Noah Cabrera’s sacrifice fly and a passed ball made the Oneonta advantage 3-1.
The Outlaws scored three more in the seventh to take the lead for good. Payne reached on an error before Cabrera singled, and Cavan Tully’s single drove in both after another Watertown error on the play. Rhodes hit a sacrifice fly and the Rapids could not answer as Devin Lewis followed Fancher’s scoreless seventh with a pair of shutout innings in the eighth and ninth for Oneonta.
Kevin Gsell and Cabrera each had a pair of hits for Oneonta, while Payne, Cabrera, Tully and Rhodes each had a RBI.
Fancher allowed two hits but escaped the seventh without allowing a run, while Lewis struck out two and walked one in his two innings.
Oneonta moves 2.5 games clear of Glens Falls at the bottom of the PGCBL East standings, but remains 15.5 games behind first-place Amsterdam (29-9).
The Outlaws visit Glens Falls (11-27) Wednesday at 7 p.m.