EDMESTON – In its first season playing in the Otsenango Pony League, Greene could not have scripted a better result.
Using the formula of solid pitching and clutch hitting that led it to 11 previous wins, Greene upended previously-unbeaten Unadilla Valley in the league title game, 5-2 at Ron Tasior Field Tuesday evening.
“I felt all season long our strength has been to take advantage of the other team’s mistakes, and not make the critical mistakes ourselves,” said Greene head coach Dave Gorton.
Unadilla Valley’s mistakes came few and far between, and about the only one that proved costly came in Greene’s four-run fifth inning to open a 5-0 lead.
Designated hitter Kale Webb hit a short bouncer in front of the pitcher’s mound, and the ensuing throw to first by UV hurler Andrew Delmar eluded first baseman John Scofield allowing Webb to move to second base. Walks drawn by lead-off hitter Jeff Carlin and number two batter Dan Treadwell loaded the bases.
Scott Gorton bounced into a groundout scoring Webb, and winning pitcher Nic Puglisi knocked in two with a single. Later in the frame, Nate Patrick’s RBI double plated Matt Jones.
Puglisi was Greene’s hitting and pitching star finishing 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk and three RBI. He put the first run on the board in the opening frame singling in Carlin.
Puglisi finished with 10 whiffs and allowed seven UV hits.
UV hung close by consistently making the routine play on defense to work out of jams. However, several scoring opportunities were squandered early on...