ONEONTA — During its five-game win streak, Oneonta used timely hitting, solid defense and quality pitching to win close games.
Wednesday, the Yellowjackets got just one of the three as Cobleskill/Richmondville overcame two home runs by Teddy McGraw to deal OHS its first loss since the season opener, 6-4.
"We just didn't hit the ball very well today. Teddy McGraw had a real nice day at the plate, hitting those two home runs, but the rest of us didn't square the ball up," Oneonta coach Joe Hughes said. "That clutch hitting we talk about, they got it and we didn't."
Tied at four entering the seventh inning, C/R loaded the bases with zero outs. Yellowjacket starter Jordan Goble started to work out of the jam, getting the first out with a fly ball to right field that did not go deep enough for Bulldog runners to tag up.
But Derrick Hotzler put C/R ahead in the next at-bat, roping a line drive to right field that OHS' Lucas Breakey snagged, but could not stop the run coming home from third base. A RBI single by Steve Maniscalco made the deficit 6-4, chasing Goble from the game with two outs.
Tanner Russin came on in relief, forcing a weak ground ball to end the inning.
Goble allowed four earned runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking two. Both of the walks, one of them intentional, came in the seventh inning.
"He did everything we asked of him," Hughes said of his sophomore starter. "He threw strikes, and he did walk a couple guys late in the game, but for the most part he had good control and did what pitchers are supposed to do — keep us in the ballgame."
While two errors produced unearned runs for Goble, Oneonta's lack of offensive production squandered a scrappy outing from its third starter.
The good news for Oneonta was that McGraw produced offense on his own, hitting two home runs. The bad news was that both came in innings in which McGraw led off. The OHS junior opened the first and third innings with home runs to left field.
"My first at-bat I was in a 3-1 count and just looking for my pitch. I got it and made it happen," McGraw said. "The second one, I was thinking maybe offspeed, but he threw me another fastball and I got that one a little better than the first."
"He's just a good all-around ball player. He can hit, he can field, he made some tremendous plays at shortstop today and obviously he can pitch," Hughes said. "I'm not surprised to see him do that because I know how good he is."
The Yellowjacket offense was otherwise largely dormant. Oneonta's run in the second inning came without a hit, with Russin working a walk before a bunt and two wild pitches.
Goble recorded a bloop single for a RBI with two outs in the fourth, but Oneonta did not get another hit on C/R pitcher Donovan Pacatte, who entered in the fourth to relieve starter Alex Javitz.
"He had a fastball and a curveball that he can throw for strikes, and he mixed his pitches well," Hughes said. "He kept us off balance and we just couldn't square the ball up. So credit to good pitching."
The loss snapped Oneonta's five-game win streak. It also marked the first game that the Yellowjackets allowed more than three runs.
OHS (5-2) looks to avoid consecutive losses Thursday, visiting Susquehanna Valley in STAC play at 1 p.m.
"We've had a good first half of the year. We only have two league games left and we haven't lost a league game yet," McGraw said. "I'm pretty confident we will be good the rest of the way."
Cobleskill/Richmondville 6, Oneonta 4
Cobleskill/Richmondville ...... 100 111 2 – 6 8 0
Oneonta ...... 111 100 0 – 4 5 2
Alex Javitz, Donovan Pacatte (W, 4) and Joe DeChristopher. Jordan Goble (L), Tanner Russin (7) and Richie Amato.
2B: Ryan Packard (O); 3B: Damon Gavett (CR); HR: Teddy McGraw 2 (O).