Norwich 5, Owego 1
OWEGO – Norwich played its second error-free game this week, and won for the eighth time this season beating Owego on Saturday.
Josh Whaley pitched into the fifth inning for the Tornado striking out six to pick up the victory. Justin Lindenthaler added 2 2-3 innings of scoreless relief.
Lindenthaler came on with the bases loaded and allowed just a single run to score.
Mackey Hotaling had two hits for the Tornado with three runs scored and three stolen bases. Ben Barnes stroked a two-run double in the third to put Norwich on the board, Thomas Kalicicki added two hits and two RBI, and Brendan McInerney went 2-for-4 with a single ribbie.
“We had another great job of pitching from Josh Whaley and Justin Lindenthaler,” said Norwich coach John Martinson. “We played great defense and didn’t make any errors. Right now we control our own destiny in the division. I don’t know when the last time Norwich won a division title, but there aren’t any banners hanging in our gym. (Winning a division title) has been our goal from the start of the season.”
Norwich is 6-2 in STAC Central Division play and holds a half-game lead over second-place Johnson City. The Tornado play at the Wildcats today.
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Josh Whaley (W), Justin Lindenthaler (5) and Thomas Kalicicki. Stephen Yanchus
Oxford 10, Afton 3
OXFORD – Backed up by strong pitching and defense, Oxford’s batsmen took care of the rest putting nine runs on the board in its final two at-bats in Friday’s win
“Our pitcher (Nate Head) kept it close, and we played well defensively,” said Oxford coach Chris Palmer, whose club won for the second time in as many days. “We were able to push some runs across toward the end.”