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Onoenta Post 259 fell to Maine-Endwell Post 1700, 9-3, in Saturday's District 6 championship game at Conlon Field in Binghamton.

Earlier in the day, Oneonta defeated Hillcrest, 2-1, in 15 innings to advance to the title game against Maine-Endwell.

"It was the hottest day I've ever played or coached," Oneonta head coach Mike Jester said. "We started the first game at 11:50 (a.m) and it was over by 3:50 (p.m.). Then the second game started at 4:45 (p.m.). I think it took a toll on us."

Oneonta 2, Hillcrest 1

Oneonta pitchers Sean MacInerney and Chris Champlin combined to give up one run in 15 innings of work as the Green Wave defeated Hillcrest on Saturday.

MacInerney got the start for Post 259, pitching eight innings and allowing six hits, one walk, one unearned run while striking out eight.

Champlin came on for MacInernery in the ninth. Usually the team's starting catcher, Champlin threw seven innings of one-hit ball, striking out ten to get the win.

"Chris pitched a phenomenal game in relief," Jester said. "I didn't use him a lot this season as a pitcher, but he did a great job when we needed him."

Each team scored a run in the first inning before putting together 13 straight innings of scoreless baseball.

Champlin held Hillcrest scoreless again in top of the 15th to set the stage for Oneonta's walk-off win.

Jordan Goble began the 15th inning by reaching base on an infield error. The next batter, Tanner Beang, hit a double to move Goble to third and get two runners in scoring position. Hillcrest walked Champlin to bring John Mikolaicyk to the plate, and Mikolaicyk answered with a game-winning single.

Beang finished with a game-high five of Oneonta's 21 hits in the win. Mikolaicyk, Caden Clow and Aidan Breakey each had three hits. The Green Wave left 24 runners on base.

Maine-Endwell 9, Oneonta 3

The win over Hillcrest guaranteed Oneonta another shot at Maine-Endwell after losing to Post 1700 in Thursday's winner's bracket final of the double-elimination District 6 tournament, 5-0.

Unfortunately for the Green Wave, Post 1700 got out to an early lead and never looked back on Saturday, clinching the district championship.

"They (Maine-Endwell) just played better than us both times," Jester said. "Even though we fell short, we had a very successful season. We were just a game short for the third time in four years. I'm very happy, very pleased."

The Green Wave outhit Post 1700, 11-8, but stranded 11 runners on base.

Beang got the start on the mound for Oneonta before being replaced by Goble in the sixth.

Oneonta got out to a 1-0 lead int he first, but four second-inning runs from Post 1700 put them ahead for good.

Jack Hopko and Michael Mancini, both of whom were members of the Maine-Endwell Little League World Series team that won the World Championship in 2016, homered in the win.

Mikolaicyk hit a home run for Oneonta, and Andrew Shapiro and Ryan Packard both doubled, but the Green Wave couldn't keep up with the M-E offense.

Oneonta finishes the season with a 17-11-1 record.

SATURDAY'S RESULTS

Oneonta 2, Hillcrest 1

Hillcrest .....100 000 000 000 000 – 1 7 1

Oneonta .... 100 000 000 000 001– 2 21 1

Sean MacInerney, Chris Champlin (9, W) and Cameron Neer. Ethan Cetton, Jake Shoemaker (8) and Dom Lomanco.

2B: Tanner Beang (O), John Mikolaicyk (O), Caden Clow (O), Anthony Forbidussi (H).

Maine-Endwell 9, Oneonta 3

Oneonta .....100 011 0– 3 11 1

M-E .... 040 212 x– 9 8 2

Tanner Beang (L, 3-2), Jordan Goble (6) and Chris Champlin, Carter Neer (6). Joe Mancini (W) and Matt Raleigh.

2B: Andrew Shapiro (O), Ryan Packard (O), Jack Hopko (M).

HR: John Mikolaicyk (O), Jack Hopko (M), Michael Mancini (M).