Oneonta 11, Norwich 1
NORWICH – Oneonta combined its speed game on offense with the power pitching of Brianna Baker to beat the Purple Tornado Tuesday afternoon.
Oneonta finished with 14 hits, many of those slap bunts that pressured the NHS defense. Cami Cleveland and Baker had three-hit days for the ‘Jackets, while Erin Mushtare and Hayley Dower went 2-for-4.
Baker did allow seven hits to Norwich, but she finished with 17 strikeouts. “She is probably one of the three hardest throwers we’ve seen,” said Norwich coach Scott Moore of Baker. “She moves the ball around well, and she had us sitting on our heels.”
Molly Moore and Hannah Eddy went 2-for-3 on the Norwich side of the ledger. The Purple Tornado girls play at Johnson City Friday and travel to the Windsor Tournament on Saturday.
OHS 220 012 4 11 14 0
NHS 010 000 0 1 7 5
Brianna Baker (W) and Erin Mushtare. Hannah Eddy (L) and Jordan Sanford. Doubles: (N) Molly Moore, Kat DeTomi. (O) Cami Cleveland, Hayley Dower, Mushtare. Triples: (O) Shelby Cleveland.
Oneonta 5, Norwich 4
NORWICH – Oneonta's Mason Montgomery drove in two runs, and doubled and scored a run in the pivotal fourth inning to give Oneonta a five-run lead in Tuesday's victory over Norwich (2-5).
Norwich closed to within one run scoring four times in the bottom of the fourth. After one run came in on an error, Colby Griffin, Ricky Runyon, and Cody Barnes followed with ribbies.
The Tornado left eight runners on base in the game (Oneonta left one) including two runners in scoring position in the sixth inning. "We played good baseball tonight and we've been playing good baseball the past three games," said Norwich coach Rich Turnbull. "We just didn't get a hit at the right time tonight."
Norwich pitcher Cody Graves was the hard-luck loser. Graves scattered seven hits, struck out 11, and walked just two. Graves finished the game striking out six of the final eight batters, and didn't allow a run the final three innings. "That was the best I have seen Cody pitch on the varsity level," Turnbull said.
Norwich is at Johnson City Friday.