Oneonta Post 259 starting pitcher Ryan Packard threw a two-hitter Friday, lifting his team to a 17-0 win over Binghamton Post 80 in Legion play.
Packard, who finished his senior season at Oneonta High School earlier this month, struck out seven, walked one and threw 58 pitches in his five innings of work. The game was called after five innings due to the run rule.
"He had command of everything, especially his curveball early on," Oneonta coach Mike Jester said. "As we got a bigger lead he pitched to contact, so his strikeouts went down, but he pitched a terrific game tonight."
Oneonta wasted no time getting started at the plate. The Green Wave brought four runs across the plate in the first inning against Binghamton starting pitcher Dan Matthews..
Tanner Beang and Aidan Breakey each walked to start off the inning before a passed ball moved them over to put runners on second and third.
John Mikolaicyk scored Beang on a sacrifice fly, and a Caden Clow one-out sacrifice fly brought Breakey in to score.
Chris Champlin had a RBI single later in the inning to make it 3-0, and Andrew Shapiro's two-out single brought in a run to end Matthews' afternoon on the mound after 2/3 of an inning.
Oneonta scored in each of the five innings. One run crossed the plate for the Green Wave in the second before six more scored in the third. A two-run fourth made it 13-0 before four more in the fifth secured the win.
Packard also led the way for the Oneonta offense, finishing with three hits, including a home run, and three RBI.
"Ryan has a lot of power," Jester said. "Any time (the ball) is over the plate he can hit it hard. The one tonight was a blast. I tell him to go up there and look for a pitch he can crush. He's dangerous at the plate."
Mikolaicyk finished 2-for-4.
Oneonta (11-6) travels to Johnson City on Monday at 6 p.m.
Saugerties 2, Oneonta 1
Oneonta failed to score multiple runs for the second consecutive game, recording just two hits against Saugerties starter Lane Miller.
Miller (1-0) threw a complete game for the Stallions, striking out 12 and walking zero while allowing one run, an unearned tally in the sixth. He faced 32 batters in his fifth start of the season as Saugerties committed two errors behind him.
The Outlaws used one of those errors two score their lone run in the sixth. Mike Casaleggio reached base on an error with zero outs and stole second to reach scoring position. He came around as Jared Payne followed with a ground ball to shortstop.
Oneonta's only other hit came from John Rhodes in the fourth inning. Rhodes, whose .318 average leads all Oneonta hitters with more than 10 at-bats, doubled with one out, but was unable to score.
Miller did not face more than four Oneonta batters in any inning.
The lack of offense cost the Outlaws a quality start from Tim Buchek (2-1), who took the loss despite allowing two earned runs in just more than seven innings. He struck out eight and walked two while allowing five hits.
Saugerties used a single, a walk and a double to take a 1-0 lead in the fourth, only for Oneonta to tie it in the sixth. The Stallions took the lead for good in the eighth as Kyle Ofier led off with a home run. Buchek allowed a triple to the next hitter, Hayden Travinski, but reliever Bowen Plagge kept the deficit at one. Still, Miller finished up his complete game to give the Outlaws a fourth consecutive loss.
Oneonta (7-14) remains in last place in the PGCBL East, 1.5 games behind Glens Falls (7-11) and 10 behind first-place Amsterdam (16-3).
The Outlaws visit Adirondack on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. before hosting Utica on Sunday at Damaschke Field for a 7 p.m. start.
Oneonta 17, Binghamton 0
Oneonta .....416 24– 17 13 1
Binghamton .... 000 00 – 0 2 4
Ryan Packard (W, 2-0) and Chris Champlin. Dan Matthews (L), Josh Rudock (1), Devon Hamm (4), Nick Fiato (5) and Pat Enright.
2B: John Mikolaicyk (O), Cole Platt (O).
HR: Ryan Packard (O).