Oxford clinches division crown


Evening Sun Report

Oxford 12, Hancock 3

OXFORD – Oxford won its 11th straight game and clinched its first division title since the 1999 season against Hancock Monday.

Ben Burdick stroked a two-run double as part of a six-run second, and Burdick added a two-run homer in the fourth to pad Oxford’s lead. Oxford’s half-dozen uprising of tallies in the second inning all came with two outs to support winning pitcher Nate Sortino.

“We knew it had been eight years since the last division title because we have been looking at that banner for a while,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer. “Most of the kids since the eighth grade have set this as one of their goals. It’s a great group of kids and it’s nice to accomplish it.”

Sortino had two hits – both RBI singles – and Trevor Nelson added a 2-for-4 day. The Blackhawks will play either Unatego or Sidney May 18 for the league title in Oneonta.

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Nate Sortino (W), Trevor Nelson (7) and Jake Vincent. Travis Drake (L), Will Young (6) and Dylan Oralls. Doubles: (O) Ben Burdick, Pat Wade. Triples: (H) Aaron Gorshack, HR: (O) Burdick, (H) Gorshack.

Otselic Valley 17, McGraw 8

SOUTH OTSELIC – Taylor Duell hit one of three Otselic Valley home runs finishing 5-for-5 on the day in the Vikings’ rout of McGraw Monday.

Duell, David Cerasani, and Aaron Wood all hit bases-clearing blasts, and Ryan Meigs added a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. Wood went 3-for-4 to bolster the output. “We made pretty good solid contact today,” said OV coach Dave Loomis. “We hit it hard and put the ball into the gaps.”

Duell had a team-high four RBI and Eric Wentworth drove in three runs. OV (5-3) plays at George Jr. Republic today.

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David Cerasani, Brian Graham (3, W), Justin Shapley (6) and Adam Duell, Cerasani (3). Hempstead (L), Leach (3) and Powell. Doubles: (OV) Aaron Wood. Triples: (OV) Taylor Duell, (M) McLain. (OV) Cerasani, T. Duell, A. Wood.

Edmeston 9, G-MU 3

EDMESTON – Edmeston pitcher Matt Laymon took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up Tyler Wildfeir’s basehit and Nate Sloan’s two-run single in the Panthers’ win Monday.

Jordan Williams led off Edmeston’s six-run sixth inning with a homer and finished 2-for-3 with two RBI. Anthony Wolcott added two hits for Laymon, who finished with 13 strikeouts.

Cody Hall struck out 11 for G-MU in the loss. “Edmeston is a solid team with solid pitching, and as always they are aggressive on the bases and like to put pressure on you,” said G-MU coach Jim Johnson.

The Raiders host Morris Wednesday.

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Matt Laymon (W) and Alex Stevens. Cody Hall (L) tyler Wildfeir (6) and Luke Hall. Doubles: (E) Laymon, Stevens. HR: (E) Jordan Williams.

Seton Catholic Central 14, Norwich 7

NORWICH – Seton Catholic Central found the gaps in Norwich’s defense at the right times to defeat the Purple Tornado Monday afternoon.

Matt Keefe doubled twice for the Saints finishing 3-for-4 with two RBI. Pat Matthews and Nate Jones also drove in a pair of runs. “They hit the ball well and seemed to have their big hits at the right time,” said Norwich coach John Martinson. “We fought back well to get it to 8-7, but we weren’t able to get any offensive production late in the game.”

Patrick Coates led the NHS hitters finishing 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI, and two runs scored. Paddy Law finished 2-for-3 and Amos Parry drove in two runs. Norwich is at Susquehanna Valley Wednesday.

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