Troy Halverson’s two-out RBI single in the top of the seventh inning knocked third-seeded Unatego out of the Section IV Class C baseball playoffs, as visiting Union Springs, the six seed, beat the Spartans, 1-0, Wednesday, June 9, in Otego.
Union Springs pitcher Ryan Bailey pitched a no-hitter and struck out 16 batters to get the win. He was one walk away from a perfect game.
Unatego’s Braedon Johnson took the loss despite striking out nine batters. He gave up four hits and three walks.
Tori France scored the game-winning run on an error during an at bat by Savannah Kirkby as top seeded Cooperstown rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat visiting Oriskany, 12-8, in the Section III Class C softball quarterfinals Wednesday, June 9, at Cooperstown Central School.
The Hawkeyes trailed, 8-7, after a three-run top of the sixth gave Oriskany the lead, but then batted through the lineup in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead.
Anna Lambert began the inning by reaching on a two-base error and taking third on a wild pitch. She scored on Emily Amore’s single up the middle. France bunted her way to first, then after an out, was ruled safe at second on Jeana Geertgens’ fielder’s choice.
Oriskany got a force on Amore at home on Katie Crippen’s fielder’s choice, but Kirkby then hit a ball to the left side of the infield that led to France and Crippen scoring on a throwing error by Lani Roberts at third.
Ellie Hotaling then singled to score two insurance runs and give Cooperstown an 12-8 lead going into the top of the seventh inning.
Cooperstown softball Coach Buddy Lippitt told his team after the game that it was his favorite game of the season.
“You guys showed that if we get down, we can get back up,” he said. “That’s what a team sport is and that is what kind of game softball is.”
COOPERSTOWN – Chris Ubner struck out 17 batters in six innings and Kendall Haney hit a solo home run to center field to give top seeded Cooperstown a 1-0 win over No. 9 South Louis in the Section III Class C quarterfinals Wednesday, June 9, at Doubleday Field.
Ubner gave up four walks and two hits, but had five innings where he got all three outs via strikeouts.
“He was throwing heat,” Cooperstown Coach Frank Miosek said.
Ubner’s Falcon counterpart, Colin Randall, did almost as well, giving up only three hits and striking out five batters. Even the game winner to Haney had a chance of being an out, but centerfielder Clayton Kraeger fell as the ball hit the top of his glove and Haney took four bases on the play. Both scorekeepers ruled it a home run.
Miosek also credited a fifth-inning defensive play by freshman catcher Emerson Toulson, who made a play after a passed ball on a third strike, keeping the ball away from the runner and getting him out at first.
“The throw was perfect. That was big, because the next guy walked,” Miosek said. “If they get two men on base, you never know what is going to happen.”
Haney also got the save, giving up one single in the seventh inning, but recording the final out with the tying run on third base.
The first two innings of the game were played Tuesday, but rain halted it, and the game was finished Wednesday.
Cooperstown will host fourth seeded Pulaski at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 10 at Doubleday Field, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s section title game. Because Doubleday Field is not available Saturday, that game is likely to be played on a neutral field, perhaps in the Utica area if two seed Thousand Islands advances, too, Cooperstown officials said.
Jane Forbes Clark, chair of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, announced in a media release Wednesday, June 9, that this summer’s Induction Ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 8, in front of limited crowds as an outdoor ticketed event on the grounds of the Clark Sports Center.
The Induction Ceremonywill be broadcast live on MLB Network.
Planning continues to be adapted to guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the New York Department of Health.
“On behalf of our board of directors and our staff, we are thrilled to be able to welcome our Hall of Famers – the living legends – and fans back to Cooperstown to celebrate the Induction of the Class of 2020,” Clark said in the media release. “Returning the Induction Ceremony to an outdoor event will provide the baseball community with the opportunity to visit Cooperstown and celebrate the Induction of four of the game’s greats.”
The ceremony will honor the members of the Class of 2020: Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker.
Gunner Johnson’s walkoff RBI walk scored A.J. Gaich in the bottom of the 10th inning as Oneonta won its first game of the 2021 season, beating Albany, 2-1, in the Outlaws’s home opener Monday, June 7.
Both starting pitchers had good nights. Albany’s Jake Manderson gave up one unearned run in the second inning, but otherwise pitched three clean innings. Gaich scored the Outlaws first run, too, on a fielder’s choice in the second inning.
Kieran Finnegan had an even better performance for Oneonta, pitching a 10-inning complete game, giving up five hits and one run, with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Ben Lavery had the RBI for Albany, scoring Ty Gallagher n a single in the top of the eighth inning to even up the score.
Chase Carroll took the loss in relief for Albany (1-3).
Oneonta (1-3) plays at Mohawk Valley at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 9, and hosts Saugerties at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 10, at Damaschke Field in Oneonta.
Marley Lippitt struck out 14 batters, walking none and giving up three hits, as top seeded Cooperstown advanced to the Section III Class C quarterfinals with a 5-0 opening-round win over No. 16 Weedsport on Monday, June 7, at Cooperstown Central School.
Cooperstown had trouble with Weedsport pitcher Christine Jackson early, but began to figure out her motion in the middle innings.
“It wasn’t so much the pitcher’s pitches as she had this extra motion that was throwing off our timing,” Cooperstown softball coach Buddy Lippitt said. “We were not being careful enough at the pitches we were swinging at and we were helping her out. After a couple of innings, we settled in and began laying off bad pitches.”
As a No. 1 seed in softball, Cooperstown got upset by a 16 seed twice in the past six years, in 2015 and 2017. However, Lippitt said he and assistant coach Lynn Casale spoke to the team after the first couple of innings and told them they could play much better.
Glens Falls scored 10 runs in the first inning and nine more in the middle innings as Oneonta dropped a road game at Glens Falls, 19-18, Sunday, June 6.
The Outlaws trailed, 10-2, after the first inning, but clawed back into the game, taking a 16-10 lead after five-run third and fourth innings, However, the Dragons scored two runs in the fifth inning, four in the sixth and five in the seventh.
Braedon Johnson struck out 11 batters for the win as Unatego beat host Sidney in a Midstate Athletic Conference baseball game Thursday, June 3.
Johnson gave up one run on five hits and four walks and the Spartans built on a 5-1 lead with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. However, Sidney got to reliever Garrett Backus for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to make it exciting.
Ryan Marshall went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for Unatego, which awaits Section IV Class C tournament seedings.
John Martin gave up no hits in seven innings, allowing just one run as Edmeston won its fifth straight Tri-Valley League baseball title, beating Sharon Springs/Cherry Valley-Springfield, 9-1, Friday, June 4, in Edmeston.
Noah Acampora scored for Cherry Valley in the top of the first, on two errors, but Martin and the Panthers settled in after that, keeping SS/CV-S off the base path.
Kyle Ough, Gregory DeVries and Martin each had two doubles to lead Edmeston at the plate.