At the beginning of the 2021 baseball season, Coker University senior outfielder Riley Hall had five career collegiate home runs. He matched that total Saturday, April 3, during a doubleheader at the University of Virginia-Wise.
Hall, a 2017 graduate of Cooperstown Central School and former Oneonta Outlaw, hit two home runs in the first game and three more in the second game to pace the Cobras, who combined for ten homers in the sweep, an 18-1 victory that was shortened to five innings by run rule and an 11-5 win, respectively.
Hall also hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh of an 8-4 loss in the seven-inning opening game of the series Friday, April 2. Coker beat the Cavaliers, 10-4, in the nine-inning second game.
With the series win, the Cobras improved their overall record to 13-16 and 12-11 in conference play and moved into seventh place in the 13 team South Atlantic Conference.
Coker University is an NCAA Division II school in Hartsville, South Carolina.
ONEONTA – The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, which includes the Oneonta Outlaws, has cancelled its 2020 season, PGCBL President Robert Julian announced today.
“We recognize this is a great disappointment to our collegiate players, to our fans, our host communities, and the dedicated staff and owners who have spent so much of their lives making the league a vibrant part of collegiate baseball and the American baseball fabric,” said Julian. “The dynamic of this crisis requires cancellation.”
Jerry Ford, founder & president of Perfect Game USA, parent of the regional PGCBL, said concerns about health and safety drove the decision.
Gary Laing, Oneonta Outlaws owner, says goodbye to the Damaschke Field grandstand as demolition began this morning. The project, which will take several months, will be completed in several stages; the first, taking out the seats and tearing down the fences, will be finished in a matter of weeks. Laing plans to auction off several of the seats at a later date, and the remaining metal will be recycled. A new concrete pad will be poured before winter sets in, and come May 1, new seats will be placed 25 feet closer to home plate for the team’s return on May 15. In addition, the boxes and dugouts will be rebuilt, with 40 feet of netting placed over them for safety. Phase II of the project, rebuilding the grandstands, will be completed after additional fundraising, some of which was secured by state Senator Jim Seward, R-Milford. At right, Hunter Cika and Paul Young, Clark Companies, begin the process of tearing out the old seats. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
MUSIC FEST – Noon – 3 p.m. Enjoy music from Leatherstocking Pipe and Drum Band as they march down Main St. to St. James Episcopal Church where they will be followed by Cajun Pete’s Jazz Band ), and Pipe Organ and Vocalists in the Church. All welcome. Begins at Mueller Plaza, Main St., Oneonta. 432-1458 or visit www.facebook.com/St-James-Church-Oneonta-128875903812158/
THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Set in 1839, “Possessing Harriet” portrays the enslaved Harriett Powell escaping from a hotel, finding refuge with an abolitionist and his young cousin Elizabeth Cady. Free admission, suggested donation $20/person. Reservation strongly recommended. Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin. 607-829-3700 or visit franklinstagecompany.org/shows-events/this-season/
ONEONTA – Fans of the Oneonta Outlaws got more than extra innings when a streaker ran across the outfield during a break in the game for the 4th of July fireworks.
“We got a call on the radio that there was a naked man running across Damaschke Field,” said Police Chief Doug Brenner. “One of our guys asked for a description, and the caller said, ‘It’s a guy with no clothes on!'”
WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Explore historic Emmons Farm with descendants, followed by refreshments outside Woodchuck Knoll. Cost, $7/person. Reservation required. Meet at The Farmhouse at Emmons, 5649 St. Hwy. 7, Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm
OPENING – 6:30 p.m. 21st Annual Otsego County Fair Hymn Sing & Special Music at the Grande Building followed by the Agricultural Olympics. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org
FILM SCREENING – 3:30 p.m. Showing “A Hall for Heroes” narrated by Bob Costas. Depicts founding of Baseball Hall of Fame and first induction in 1939. Bullpen Theater, The Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/node/17914?date=0
PLAY BALL – 8 a.m. Ozzie Smith & Hall of Fame Guests host 2-hour fundraiser featuring breakfast in Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery, personalized instruction, chance to turn double plays. All ages welcome, registration required. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-0397 or visit baseballhall.org/events/PLAYBall-2018?date=0
ROUNDTABLE – 7 – 8 p.m. Presenting TV personality who hosted “One on One,” author Jane Mitchell discusses Hall of Famers Trevor Hoffman and Alan Trammell, other sports celebrities from Ted Williams to Dick Enberg. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
DEBUT – 7:30 p.m. Midwest A Cappella group “No Promises” makes NY Debut/release album. Performance features innovative arrangements, harmonization of jazz, motown, contemporary music. Admission, $10. The Star Theater, The Foundry, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/The-Star-Theater-at-The-Foundry-1921514351442514/