Sidney 7, Oxford 2
The Sidney Warriors defeated the Oxford Blackhawks 7-2 in Tuesday’s Section IV Class C playoff.
Bill Kozak went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI.
He drew a walk in the first, singled in the third, flew out in the fourth and hit a towering, two RBI triple to right center in the sixth.
Kozak was Sidney’s starting pitcher as well. He allowed two runs in six innings of work. He struck out five, walked two and surrendered just four hits.
“Billy pitched very well, he worked fast and threw strikes,” said Sidney varsity baseball head coach Kyle Vibbard, “He’s been coming through in the clutch his whole career.”
Kevin Davis was the game’s losing pitcher. He lasted five innings, walked three, struck out three and allowed three earned runs on seven hits.
“We were mixing in a few more change-ups and curve balls than we usually do,” said Oxford varsity baseball head coach Chris Palmer, “There’s not an easy out in their lineup. There is no place where you’re going to throw nine fastballs and get through the inning. That’s not how you approach this team.”
The top of the first saw Oxford take an early lead, 2-0. An Anthony Ruling error put Cameron Heggie on base.
Heggie moved to second on a Jeff Lawton slow roller to second base.
With one out Matt Moore hit the baseball to right field, moving Heggie to third.
With two on and two out, Kevin Davis smashed the ball between the shortstop and third baseman for a two RBI double that scored Heggie and Moore.
“You feel good being up two,” Palmer said, “(but) it’ going to be a battle against (Sidney.) They have good hitters up and down the lineup and they don’t make mistakes in the field.”
Davis went 2-2 with the two RBI and a walk.
“It was a good start,” Palmer said,” If I could draw it up we would jump right on them just like we did... We just have to continue to push runs across.”
In the bottom of the second inning Sidney would battle back.
Jon Gorshack started the inning with a standup double that was ripped to the left field wall.
Noah McKee followed with a bouncing liner down the left field line for a basehit that drove in Gorshack.
Anthony Ruling walked during an at bat that had two unsuccessful pick-off attempts to first base.
Kyle McMillan advanced the runners into scoring position with a bunt.