Susquehanna Valley 10, Norwich 1 (6 innings)
NORWICH – Norwich fell behind at the start, and dropped a home contest to Sus Valley that was shortened to six innings due to rain.
SV starting hurler, Ronnie Graham, had 12 strikeouts, only two walks, and gave up four Norwich hits. Four different Sabers had two basehits, and Chad Starzer’s two-run single in the fourth inning upped his team’s lead to 9-0.
“Their bats were hot and their pitcher was even hotter,” said Norwich coach John Martinson of Sus Valley.
Norwich’s Timmy Clark tripled and scored on a passed ball in the fifth for Norwich’s only run.
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Ronnie Graham (W) and James McKeage. Mike Moon (L), Josh Borfitz (4) and Thomas Kalicicki. tripples: (N) Timmy Clark.
Oxford 5, Afton 3
OXFORD – Oxford avenged an early-season loss to Afton, and won its fifth straight game over a seven-day period.
Oxford (7-4), now a game ahead in MAC’s Division II, scored three runs in the fifth to surge in front. At the bottom of the batting order, Derrick Head, Jamie Smolcnop, and John Corbett had singles, Corbett’s driving in a run. P.J. Hubman had an RBI single to tie the game, and Tom Gould plated the go-ahead run with a single.
Afton loaded the bases in the sixth and seventh innings, but managed just run, that coming after an error.
Starting pitcher Kyle Ferrington fanned Afton’s batter for the last out of the sixth, and reliever P.J. Hubman got the last two outs of the game on a strikeout and a groundout.
“The bottom of the order was huge for us tonight, that and Kyle’s pitching,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer. “It’s been a huge week for us and we’re in the best spot (first-place) right now. Still, we have to continue to play good baseball.”
Derrick Head went 3-for-3 with two doubles, Smolcnop was 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Chris Covey was 2-for-2.
Tyler Lawrence had two hits for Afton (10-2), and Jake Arnold had a two-run single in the fourth.
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Kyle Ferrington (W), PJ Hubman (7, SV) and Ryan Moore. Adam Rupakus (L) and Victor Coronado. Doubles: (O) Derrick Head (2), (A) Paul Hamilton.
B-G 4, Harpursville 4 (7 innings)
BAINBRIDGE – Harpursville rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game, and the contest was halted after seven innings due to rain Friday.
B-G grabbed a 4-1 lead with back-to-back two-run innings in the fourth and fifth. Dustin Rutz, Mark Buchanan, and Paul Parsons had three hits apiece for the Bobcats (3-7-1). “It was a very well played game by both teams, and by far our best defensive effort of the season,” said B-G coach Pete Mansheffer.