Storm’s Spark In Early Innings Not Enough For Playoff Win Over Spartans

By: Meagan Schulz

ELMIRA – Coming into the game as 14-seed, Unadilla Valley/Gilbertsville-Mount Upton opened up a 2-0 lead after the first inning against the Thomas A. Edison Spartans. After a back and forth game over the next five innings, the Spartans held a one run lead until a big sixth inning allowed them to extend their lead to 9-5.

That ended up being the final between the two teams in Thursday’s opening round of the Section IV Class C, ending the Storm’s season.

“We played really well for four innings,” said Matt Osborne, UV/GMU head coach. “In the bottom of the fifth, we had our three errors and we couldn’t overcome them.”

The Storm scored two in their first at-bats of the game. Kyler Butts started the offensive inning off by reaching the base paths after the Spartans’ catcher interfered with his swing, awarding him first base.

Butts scored later in the inning for the first run of the contest, crossing home plate on Gavin Bonczkowski’s hard ground ball to right.

Also scoring on the same hit of Bonczkowski’s was Cameron Osborne, coming in from second after his base hit single earlier in the inning and Drew Emrich’s walk moving him into scoring position.

The Spartans grabbed the lead for the first time when they scored three runs in two at-bats, one being scored on a wild pitch.

Thomas A. Edison added an additional run in fourth inning, increasing the margin to two runs over the Storm.

UV/GMU responded in the top of the fifth, getting one of the runs back after Andrew Meyers came across the plate on Andrew Jackson’s ground ball single up the middle. Meyers was the lead-off batter for the inning, drawing a walk in six pitches of his at-bat. He then stole both second and third, leaving him 90-feet away from home plate when Jackson rocked a grounder back to the pitcher.

Jackson hustled down the line and was called safe, giving the Storm another base runner in the inning, but he was thrown out on his attempt to steal second.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Spartans tacked on another run with the three errors by the UV/GMU defense to extend the lead to two again.

Yet again, the Storm came rolling back to produce another run in the top of the sixth to cut into the Spartans’ lead. Using the three miscues by Thomas Edison’s defense, Emrich scored to make the score 5-4.

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