G-MU 8, Cherry Valley-Springfield 6
COPES CORNER – If G-MU coach Jim Johnson had his pick, he would have preferred a loss in the regular season game to Cherry Valley-Springfield.
In the end, the Raiders won two of three games from the Patriots this season, and avenged a 13-4 loss to CV-S at last weekend’s Tri-Valley League championship game winning Wednesday’s Section IV, Class D playoff opener.
“It would have been nicer (to win last Friday), but we’re still playing,” Johnson said, whose club won 10-3 in the league matchup over a month ago. “It was a nice comeback after losing the last game.”
The Raiders played with much more confidence behind junior pitcher Andrew Delmar, who was unavailable for the league championship game due to a personal commitment. Delmar was nicked for 11 hits, but after giving up a lead-off triple to CV-S’s Jake Hoag in the seventh, he struck out the side to end the game.
“The whole team is more confident with Andy on the mound, and getting three runs early in the game quieted them (CV-S) down,” Johnson said.
G-MU plated three runs in the first on just one hit. Three errors allowed Alex Schmidt, DeMario Reed, and Delmar to score for the 3-1 lead. It was a sharp contrast from the previous game when the Raiders trailed 6-1 after an inning, and 12-2 after three.
Reed ignited a two-run third with a basehit, a stolen base, and he scored when Andrew Delmar’s infield grounder induced a bad throw from third. Delmar moved to third on the play as the ball scooted into the outfield, and he scored on Corin Todd’s single.
CV-S had its most success against Delmar in the fourth. Josh Stalter singled in a run, Tyler Cade had a two-run double, and Hoag followed Cade with an RBI double to tie the game at 5-5.
The Raiders took the lead for good scoring three in the bottom of the fifth. Todd scored on a steal of home to break the tie. CV-S pitcher Brett Adams attempted a pickoff throw of Todd, who immediately broke for the plate. The ensuing throw to home hit Todd in the back, who was sliding head-first. Zach Agresta’s sacrifice fly plated Brendan Zucchi, and Jon Scofield scored from third base under unusual circumstances.
CV-S catcher Sam Dubben threw to third baseman Dick Rockwell on a pick-off attempt. The ball bounced off Rockwell’s glove and into his shirt. A dead ball was called by the umpire, and the baserunner (Scofield) was awarded home.
“It’s just like a fielder catching the ball and running out of play,” Johnson said. “On a dead ball, any baserunner is awarded one base.”
The Patriots threatened in the sixth with Rockwell scoring on a double steal. Delmar then reared back to fan Cade to end the inning. Delmar had eight strikeouts and two walks, and held the two through five hitters of the Patriots to 0-for-15 batting. CV-S also committed six errors in the game, almost all of them leading to G-MU rallies. “They had some errors in the championship game, and we felt if we put (the ball) in play, they might make mistakes,” Johnson said. “We struck out 13 times the last time we played, and only six tonight. We put it in play and made them field it. That was huge.”
Todd, Schmidt, and Tim French all had two hits for the Raiders (12-5), who play at Afton on Friday in the quarterfinals. The Crimson Knights beat G-MU in a non-league game earlier this month, 16-6.
Score by innings R H E
CV-S 100 401 0 6 11 6
GMU 302 030 x 8 7 1
Andrew Delmar (W) and Corin Todd. Brett Adams (L), Dick Rockwell (6) and Sam Dubben. Doubles: (C) Jake Hoag, Tyler Cade. Triples: (C) Hoag.
Oneonta 12, Norwich 6
ONEONTA – Oneonta shook off Norwich’s early advantage scoring five runs in the fourth to take the lead and advance in the Section IV, Class B playoffs on Wednesday.
Logan Pondolfino tripled in Dan Broe to tie the game at 4-4, and Connor Youngs had a go-ahead RBI single. Sean Getman padded the lead two batters later with a two-run triple. “We really struggled in the fourth inning, and we didn’t hurt ourselves (with errors),” said Norwich coach John Martinson. “We tried to change things up with a pitching change, but Oneonta just has an explosive offense.”
Richie Bonney headed the Norwich batters with a 4-for-4 day that included a triple, two RBI, and two runs scored. Christian Hotaling went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored as well. Norwich (4-11) finished with an 11-9 edge in hits over the ‘Jackets. “We played good baseball most of the way, they just hit the ball where we weren’t,” Martinson said. “It’s a tough loss because we played a solid game.”
Dan Hodney and Casey Hogan had two hits apiece for Oneonta.
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