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SECTION III BASEBALL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Wright, Oriskany top New York Mills in Class D

Ben Birnell
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Posted 5/26/23

The Oriskany baseball team took a step toward getting back to the Section III Class D title game.

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SECTION III BASEBALL PLAYOFF ROUNDUP: Wright, Oriskany top New York Mills in Class D

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The Oriskany baseball team took a step toward getting back to the Section III Class D title game.

Oriskany put up double-digit runs against Center State Conference foe New York Mills for the second time in 10 days and got a solid pitching performance from ninth-grader Eddie Wright to take that step.

Seventh-seeded Oriskany got a three-run third inning and five-run seventh and Wright scattered four hits over 6 1/3 innings en route to a 10-3 victory over the host and No. 2 seed New York Mills Marauders on Thursday in a Section III Class D quarterfinal game.

With the result, Oriskany (12-4 overall) advances to face West Canada Valley in the Class D semifinals at 4 p.m. Saturday at Murnane Field in Utica.

Oriskany advanced to the sectional final last year, losing to Morrisville-Eaton. There are 11 players from 2022 on this year’s team.

On Thursday, Wright overcame some early struggles – he walked three and hit another in the first six batters he faced and New York Mills briefly had a 2-1 lead – and a late hiccup to help Oriskany while totaling 122 pitches. He allowed three runs and walked a total of seven while striking out 11.

Chase Koenig got the final two outs on four pitches.

“I was just trying to keep it consistent. I didn’t start out too (well). But I tried to throw strikes and I know everybody in the infield are great players,” said Wright, who said his splitter and curveball were effective for him. “I just tried to make them hit the ball. Then when we got the lead, it was a little more comfortable.”

Wright threw a five-hitter in a complete game 6-2 win over the Marauders on May 19. He also pitched 1 1/3 innings in an 11-4 victory over New York Mills on May 15 in Oriskany.

It is tough to top any team three times in a season. So, it is an impressive feat for Oriskany to do it three times in 10 days. Both Oriskany and New York Mills are considered top teams in Section III’s Class D.

New York Mills ends its season 16-4 overall. The other loss outside of Oriskany was Morrisville-Eaton on April 28.

“We beat them the other times, so you’re confident you can beat them. But, it is in the back of your mind: These guys beat all the other teams. They were one of the top teams in our league, as far as Class D seedings, they were up there,” said Eric Enos, who is in his first season as Oriskany coach after taking over for the departed Tom Meiss. “’Are they going to put it together today?’ You know what I mean? Luckily, for us we got the best of them.”

New York Mills coach Stephen Davis felt like the Marauders were one hit away from breaking through at times Thursday. New York Mills, a top offensive team in Section III, left the bases loaded in the first inning and had runners on second and third in the third inning after Oriskany took a 5-2 lead in its half of the third.

“(Wright) did a good job of shutting it down. And, we didn’t do our jobs,” said Davis, who noted his team has scored nine or 10 runs in innings during the regular-season. “We didn’t get the timely hit. At the end of it, that’s baseball.”

Oriskany tied the game at 2 in the second with two outs after Anthony Kernan’s hit got past the shortstop to score Dean Koenig from second base. Kernan finished with two RBIs.

In the third, David Cronauer had a two-out RBI single to score Karsten Bates and give Oriskany a 3-2 lead. After Dean Koenig drew a five-pitch walk, Nick Hays hit a two-run single to make it 5-2 and ending pitcher Leo Cruz’s outing on the mound.

In the seventh, Hays – who finished 4-for-4 with a walk – added his third RBI on a single, Cronauer scored on a bases loaded walk, Wright had a sacrifice fly to center field and Jack Tamburino capped the output with a two-run double.

Ryan Komnick added an RBI single in the seventh for New York Mills.

“We’ve got a great group of guys,” Wright said. “We’re all family here. We just enjoy it and have fun every day. We just want to keep going and win game-by-game.”

WCV upsets M-E

Sixth-seeded West Canada Valley rallied with three runs in the third inning and Iain Farber threw a complete game in a 7-1 win over third seed Morrisville-Eaton on Thursday in the other Class D semifinal.

Farber allowed four hits and struck out 13 batters over 102 pitches in seven innings to earn the win. He gave up one walk.

Josh Grabowski had three runs batted in for WCV (15-5 overall). Isaac Maxwell, Sean Burdick (3-for-4) and Dylan Dayton each had an RBI. Brayden Shepardson was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run.

New Hartford earns walkoff win

Fourth-seeded New Hartford rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to score a 5-4 win over No. 5 Oswego on Thursday in the Class A quarterfinals.

New Hartford (10-7) advances to play East Syracuse-Minoa at 7 p.m. Saturday at Onondaga Community College in the Class A semifinals.

In the seventh Thursday, Logan Clarey hit a leadoff triple and then scored on John Vitullo’s single with two strikes to make it 4-3.

Junior Gianni Trevisani followed with a successful sacrifice bunt that resulted in a throwing error by Oswego and pushed Vitullo to third base. Freshman call-up Peyton Way was put in as a pinch-runner for Trevisani.

During junior Jake Halpin’s at-bat, Vitullo scored on a passed ball by Oswego to tie the game at 4.

With one out, junior Nick Perrotta hit a chopper over the pitcher’s head and the ensuing throw to home was late as Way slid in for the winning run.

Vitullo also earned the win on the mound, allowing one hit and no runs in two innings of relief. Junior Rowan Gall also pitched three innings of relief, allowing one hit, striking out two and walking two.

Junior Matt Greene also had two hits with an RBI and a run and Clarey, a sophomore, finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and run.

“(The semifinals are) a great opportunity,” New Hartford coach Kevin Green said. “It is fun. We’re just taking it as it goes.”

Top-seed Whitesboro upset

With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, No. 9 seed East Syracuse-Minoa notched back-to-back walks and then Joseph Frederico had an RBI single to centerfield to score the go-ahead run and help the Spartans stun top-seeded Whitesboro 4-3 on Thursday in the Class A quarterfinals.

In the bottom half of the seventh, ES-M got two quick outs before Ty Montrose hit a double. However, Matt DeStefanis hit a flyout to center field to end the game.

It was a surprising end for Whitesboro (15-5), which had won 10 of its last 11 entering Thursday and was considered a team to beat in Class A.

Noah Clausen pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs. He struck out six and walked four and hit two batters.

Montrose finished 1-for-4 while Jake Scalise was 2-for-4. Whitesboro, which tied the game at 2 and 3 in back-to-back innings, had seven hits.

Trey Bova earned the win, allowing a hit over two innings for ESM (8-14).

Clinton falls behind early in loss

No. 3 seed Cazenovia jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three innings en route to an 8-1 win over No. 6 seed Clinton in the Class B quarterfinals Thursday.

No other stats were provided for Clinton (14-4), which had three total hits.

Camden eliminated

No. 4 Cortland totaled four runs in the fourth inning to break open the Section III Class B quarterfinal game Thursday against No. 5 Camden en route to an 8-4 win.

Camden (14-6) scored twice in each the fifth and the seventh. No other stats were provided for the Blue Devils.

Cortland’s Luke Rogoff scattered five hits and allowed two runs over six innings on the mound. Danny Jackson was 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs for Cortland (15-6).

Westmoreland falls

Fourth-seeded Weedsport scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead en route to a 9-2 victory over No. 5 Westmoreland in the Section III Class C quarterfinals Thursday.

Michael Scalise and Mitchell Holmes each had RBIs for the Bulldogs (15-6), which got runs in the first and seventh innings.

Scalise finished 3-for-4 with a double. Holmes and Ryan Ernenwein each had doubles.

No stats were provided for Weedsport (16-4), which will will play top-seeded Bishop Ludden in the Class C semifinals at 1 p.m. Saturday at Utica’s Murnane Field.

Little Falls advances

No. 3 seed Little Falls fell behind No. 6 LaFayette 3-0 in the opening inning, but answered with four runs in its half and scored a 14-4 win in the Class C quarterfinals.

Little Falls added two runs in the second, third and fourth innings.

No stats were provided for the Mounties.

Little Falls (17-3) plays No. 2 Beaver River (20-2) at 10 a.m. Saturday at Murnane Field.

Mount Markham gives up early lead

No. 8 Mount Markham had a 1-0 lead after one inning, but top-seeded Bishop Ludden rallied with two runs in the bottom of the second to earn a 3-1 victory in the Class C quarterfinals.

No stats were provided for Mount Markham (11-6-1).

Tim Dunham went 3-for-3 for the Gaelic Knights (18-2).

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