NORWICH – The Chenango Hellcats Legion baseball team grabbed the game for their own late in the game over Binghamton Post 80, winning 3-2 on July 11.
“Did you see that catch? That was a gap shot, if that center fielder (Hellcats Jonathan Liuzzo) didn’t have that speed to make that play, it's a tied ballgame. Liuzzo's catch was simply great,” said Hellcats head coach Jason Miller.
It was in fact Jonathan Liuzzo, who made the diving catch in center field off of a deep bomb, who effectively secured the final out of the game, ending any possible comeback in the seventh inning.
The game would see shutdown performance's on the mound for both sides. Hellcats Nate Scheer pitched the entire seven innings of the contest, tossing out 98 pitches. Scheer would allow only three hits in those 98 pitches, as he recorded eight strikeouts and allowed only three walks.
“Pitching on both sides was great, but Nate Scheer for us was phenomenal, he came up big in certain spots to help keep the runs off the board. Scheer was on fire and that fire ignited our bats in the bottom of the sixth,” said coach Miller. “They put their ace out there against us for sure and he had 10 strikeouts.”
Matt Ogozuly of Binghamton would see a stellar day as well on the mound. Ogozuly would pitch the entire game, securing 59 strikes of his just 72 pitches total. Ogoluzy would down ten Hellcat batters with his strikeouts on the day, only allowing one earned run, and no walks.
Due to the superb pitching from both squads on the day, the game remained knotted at 0-0 all the way until the sixth inning. With a total of just eight hits in the game – five to the Hellcats and three to Binghamton – it was the errors committed by both sides that truly proved the difference in the scores.