Oxford earns top-four seed in MAC playoffs

Baseball

Oxford 5, Hancock 2

HANCOCK - Strong pitching and just as strong defense led Oxford to a key road win over Hancock Friday.

Freshman Kevin Davis pitched a complete-game victory allowing four hits, and Oxford’s defense played its second straight error-free game. With the win, the Blackhawks earned a spot in the top four of the Midstate Athletic Conference playoffs giving them an opportunity to play for the league championship.

“We’ve had pretty good pitching most of the year, and Kevin did a great job in this game,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer.

Tied at 2-2, Oxford scored three runs in the top of the seventh. Sophomore Richard Ryan snapped the tie with a bases-loaded walk, and Davis lofted a short single just over the Hancock defense scoring two more runs.



Cameron Heggie was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, Jeff Lawton had two hits and two runs scored, and Matt Moore finished with two hits and an RBI single in the first inning.

Oxford (7-4, 7-7) hosts Afton today.

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Kevin Davis (W) and Matt Moore. K. Consulazio (L) E. Holton (7) and Holton, Bass (7). Doubles: (H) Consulazio.

Sidney 16, Greene 1

SIDNEY – Sidney blew open a two-run game with nine runs in the fifth inning in Friday’s romp over the Trojans.

The first four hitters of Sidney’s lineup did most of the damage against Greene accounting for 10 of 13 basehits. Damian Zimmer and Matt Fischer finished with three hits, while Brandon Bessett and Billy Kozak had two hits apiece. Starting pitcher Nate McDonald pitched six shutout innings for the win.

“We did okay until the fifth inning, then the wheels kind of fell off,” said Greene coach Steve Burghardt.

Sidney scored its nine runs in the fifth on the strength of six hits to go with three Greene errors and three base on balls.

Kurt Bartholomew was 2-for-2 with a walk to lead Greene.

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Josh Hurlburt (L) Kurt Barholomew (5) and Dalton Brower, Alex Shoemaker (6). Nate McDonald (W), Jordan Constable (7) and Pat Vibbard. Doubles: Whittaker, Bartholomew. (S) Brandon Bessett, Matt Fischer. Triples: (S) Damian Zimmer, Jon Gorshack.

Susquehanna Valley 15, Norwich 9 (Friday)

Saturday

Chenango Forks 13, Norwich 6, first game

Norwich 8, Chenango Forks 0, second game

CHENANGO FORKS – Norwich salvaged a doubleheader split and ended its three-game set over the weekend behind another dominant pitching performance from junior left-hander Cody Barnes.

Barnes matched his career-high with 18 strikeouts in a four-hit shutout over Forks in the back end of Saturday’s twinbill.

Barnes, who was injured in the first inning of Monday’s loss to Chenango Valley, proved he was 100 percent healthy. “He was pretty amped up, and I know he wanted to prove to everyone he was okay,” said Norwich coach Rich Turnbull. “The whole team had more confidence (in the second game), especially with Cody pitching.”

Josh Haines and John Yacano gave Barnes all of the cushion he would need delivering two-run singles in the first inning. Yacano finished with a team-high three RBI, Colby Griffin was 3-for-4 with two ribbies, and Ricky Runyon also had two hits.


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