Evening Sun Report
Unadilla Valley 5, Hancock 3
HANCOCK – Unadilla Valley defeated Hancock for the second time this season Thursday, and advanced to its first Midstate Athletic Conference title game.
UV (10-3) took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the fifth. Brett Smith hit a solo homer, one of his two solo round-trippers, Brandon Miles belted a solo four-bagger two batters later, and Brandon Kuhn’s RBI double scored Zach Montgomery.
“Everything came together well in that inning,” said UV assistant coach Tom Locke. “We had some timely hitting. Four of our seven hits went for extra bases.”
Smith went the distance for the victory, and consistently worked out of harm’s way. “He worked into trouble and worked out of it,” Locke said. “I think Hancock left seven runners on base the first three innings. At one point - in the first and second innings – Brett struck out five in a row. He beared down when he needed to.”
In addition to Smith’s two solo homers, Justin Hofer had two hits and one RBI. The Storm will play Unatego or Sidney in the league title game next Thursday.
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Hanc. 010 110 0 3 10 2
Brett Smith (W) and Zach Montgomery. Cole Duston (L), Tyler Phillips (6) and Chris Wadeson. Doubles: (UV) Brandon Kuhn, (H) Phillips, Eli Holton, Wadeson, Rocco Christian. HR: (UV) Brett Smith (2), Brandon Miles, (H) Warren Drake.
Bainbridge-Guilford 7 Afton 1
BAINBRIDGE – B-G won its fourth straight game and fifth in six games defeating Afton for the second time this season.
Austin Bauerle and Mark Cordner had RBI singles in B-G’s four-run first, and two runs scored on an error.
Bauerle went the distance for the victory outdueling Afton’s Cameron Oswald. “Austin pitched a great game and it was a quick game,” said B-G coach Tim Mattingly. “He threw strikes, and so did Cameron other than the first inning.”
Lucas Butcher was 2-for-2 to lead B-G (6-7) with two runs scored. Josh Akshar was also 2-for-2 to top Afton’s batters.
B-G plays either Walton or Greene on Monday.
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B-G 410 011 x 7 7 2
Austin Bauerle (W) and Tyler Ouimet. Cameron Oswald (L) and Josh Austin. Doubles: (A) Matt Olin.
Greene 8, Oxford 7
GREENE - Greene rebounded from a 3-0 deficit in the opening inning with five runs of its own in the bottom of the first in Thursday’s MAC victory over the Blackhawks.