Cooperstown 6, S-E 2 (10 innings)
SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville was unable to cash in on its baserunners late in the game, and Cooperstown was able to solve S-E hurler Sam McClain in the tenth inning.
McClain struck out nine in the contest and had six one-two-three innings in a career-long outing. In the 10th, however, the Redskins loaded the bases, and Phillip Pohl’s pop-up behind third base hit the chalk line scoring two runs.
The Marauders left 15 runners on base including runners in scoring position in the third, fifth, and seventh innings – all established with no outs. “We’re young and maybe a little overwhelmed in the moment,” said S-E coach Brian Hicks. “It was a learning experience and a good game, but I’m just not sure whey we couldn’t come up with the clutch hit.”
McClain, one of four S-E seniors honored before the game, had his best game of the season, Hicks said. “I can’t say enough good things about him, he really gutted it out tonight,” the S-E mentor said. “We’re playing our best baseball of the season now, that’s what you want to be doing at the end of the season, and the fan support was great.”
The Marauders scored their only two runs in the first inning. Caleb Brown hit an RBI triple, and Brown came home on Drew Doscher’s grounder to shortstop that was misplayed. Brown, McLain, Dylan Harris, and Mike McCredy all had two hits for S-E (5-7).
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Luke Banner, Phillip Pohl (7,W) and Pohl, Liner (7). Sam McLain (L), Sampson (10), Craine (10) and Caleb Brown. Triples: (C) Pohl, Brian Segit. (SE) Caleb Brown.
Chenango Valley 13, Norwich 4
NORWICH – Chenango Valley did all of its damage in the first two innings building a 13-0 lead to beat the Tornado on Friday.
Eric Bidwell hit a two-run single to highlight a five-run first, and five Tornado errors in the second frame combined with four hits had NHS reeling. “They really are a powerhouse team, they sat on the fastball, and hit the gaps well,” said Norwich coach John Martinson.
Two of Norwich’s bright spots were pitcher Christian Hotaling and hitter Luke Hinlicky. Hotaling pitched five innings of scoreless relief, while Hinlicky was 3-for-3 with a double, triple, and three RBI.
Norwich wraps up its schedule today at home against Oneonta.
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John Santiago (W), Brian Eggleston (5) and Brian Stinson; Josh Wales (L), Chris Hotaling (2) and Patrick Coates. Doubles: (CV) Stupski (N) Luke Hinlicky, triples: (N) Hinlicky, (CV) Ferry.
Sidney 5, Greene 2
SIDNEY – A pair of miscues led to four unearned runs in the second for Sidney, who defeated Greene on Friday.
A one-out infield error scored Brett Pendorf with the first run, and a throwing error on a soft grounder up the middle scored the second run. Andy Kozak ended Sidney’s quartet of runs with a two-run single. “You can’t spot a good team any runs at all, and we had one inning where we spotted them four,” said Greene coach Dave Gorton.
Greene was as close as 4-2 after 4 1/2 innings getting an RBI hit from Brock Rowe. Trojans hurler Nate Whittaker suffered his second tight loss to Sidney this season striking out six, walking two, and giving up six hits. “I felt it was the best Nate has pitched all year,” Gorton said. “His change-up was really unhittable today, and there were no really hard-hit balls against him.”