Norwich 8, Oneonta 7
ONEONTA – Norwich avenged its worst loss this season beating the STAC Central Division champion Yellowjackets on their own diamond Friday night.
Norwich, losers to the ‘Jackets, 29-9, during spring break did not trail in the game, but saw Oneonta rally to tie the game with four runs in the sixth. Nate Eastman’s three-run homer made it a 7-7 game.
Norwich responded in the bottom of the seventh as Josh Whaley doubled, and Casey Edwards was inserted as a pinch-runner for Whaley. Richie Bonney’s long flyball to right center found a gap in the Oneonta defense to score Edwards with the winning run.
“We just beat the division champs, and this proves that when we put things together and play good ball, we can compete with anyone in our league,” said Norwich coach John Martinson.
Whaley pitched two innings of relief for his third win of the season and Norwich’s fourth overall. Bonney was 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Nick McCullough drove in two runs for Norwich.
Eastman had two hits and four RBI for Oneonta.
Norwich plays at Windsor today.
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C. Hotaling (W), Josh Whaley (6, W) and Thomas Kalicicki. Brendan Wolfanger (L) and Casey Hogan. Doubles: (N) P. Law, R. Bonney, J. Borfitz, J. Whaley. (O) Wolfanger, HR: (O) Nate Eastman.
Otselic Valley 16, Stockbridge Valley 7
SOUTH OTSELIC – Otselic Valley sent 18 men to the plate in the sixth inning plating 12 runs to defeat Stockbridge Valley Friday.
The Vikes, despite a losing record and with just five wins, have now beaten two of the top teams in the Central Counties League. Previously, OV (5-6) beat number two Brookfield. “We haven’t had a real great season and we have a lot of new kids,” said OV coach Dave Loomis. “We’re showing signs of becoming a good team. The kids feel good, and couple more wins, we’ll give sectionals a try.”
During the sixth, OV had just four hits benefiting from six Stockbridge walks and five errors. Karl Graham and Trevor Marston had RBI hits during the frame and each finished 2-for-2.
OV plays at DeRuyter today.
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Dylan Comfort (W) and A. Monroe. Pokurny (L), Reeder (6), Clark (6), Dennison (6) and Phillips. Triples: (OV) trevor Marston, Adam Monroe.
Afton 2, B-G 0
BAINBRIDGE – Mike Muller pitched perhaps his best game of the season outdueling B-G hurler Cody Lake Friday afternoon at Bainbridge.
Muller struck out 15, walked five, and gave up three hits in a shutout win. Muller also drove in both Afton runs with an RBI single in the first and a fielder’s choice groundout in the third. “He worked out of trouble a couple of times, but for the most part, he was in control,” said B-G coach Pete Mansheffer of Muller.