Norwich 12, Oneonta 9
ONEONTA – Norwich ended a seven-year winless drought against Oneonta Wednesday night as Mike Moon earned a clutch save to support winning pitcher Tim Clark.
Moon entered the game with one out, the bases loaded, and three Oneonta runs already on the board. He struck out the next OHS batter and induced a pop out to end the game. “Moon really came through with senior leadership at the end,” said Norwich coach John Martinson, whose club celebrated the victory with a meal at Brooks Chicken. “This was a big win.”
Richie Bonney was 2-for-2 with three RBI and a solo home run to left field. Moon, Christian Hotaling, and Paddy Law all and two RBI apiece, and Clark was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Clark pitched six innings to win his third straight decision.
“We were more relaxed at the plate tongiht and we seemed to have a greater sense of confidence,” Martinson said. “We need to cut down on our fielding errors, but I was pleased with the resiliency we showed in the seventh inning.”
Norwich (4-9) hosts Whitney Point Friday.
NHS 200 161 2 12 13 5
OHS 101 210 3 9 8 3
Tim Clark (W), Hotaling (7), Moon (7, sv) and Tom Kalicicki. Brendan Wolfanger (L) and Dalton Smith. Doubles: (N) Mike Moon, (O) Dan Hodne, triples: (N) Paddy Law, C. Hotaling, (O) Wolfanger. HR: (N) Richie Bonney.
Sherburne-Earlville 8, Ilion 6
SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville upended the last team to hand it a loss, and extended its winning streak to nine games on Wednesday.
The Marauders trailed by three runs heading to the bottom of the fourth. Senior Stephen Buddenhagen cleared the bases with a three-run triple to tie the game, and Jake Sampson’s first-pitch single scored Buddenhagen with the go-ahead run.
The Marauders shook off a seven-error game, their poorest defensive performance since the early stages of the season.
“When we play poorly, we proved we can still pull it out,” said S-E coach Brian Hicks. “That’s the good thing about having a solid ballclub.”
Number eight and nine hitters, Derek Ferris and Phil Price, each had three hits. Sampson collected three hits as well. The Marauders (12-3) host Cooperstown Friday.
Ilion 0042000 6 9 4
S-E 002141x 8 15 7
Jake Sampson, Mike Doscher (5, W) and Caleb Brown. Dan Colburn (L) and Dan Crim. Doubles: (SE) Derek Ferris. Triples: (SE) Stephen Buddenhagen.
Walton 11, Oxford 8
WALTON – Walton had eight of its 10 hits in a 10-run fifth inning to erase Oxford’s four-run lead and pick up a non-division victory Wednesday.
Chad Gardepe’s two-run single starting the Warriors’ scoring, and Steve Kaminsky’s RBI single to right field put Walton in front, 6-5.
“There weren’t any cheap hits or bloopers. They hit the ball hard,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer of the Walton uprising. “It was line drive after line drive, and the first 10 batters in that inning all reached base.”
Derrick Head had two hits and one RBI for Oxford (6-2, 8-6), and P.J. Hubman smacked an RBI triple in the second that upped Oxford’s lead to 4-0.