ONEONTA, N.Y. - The Oneonta Outlaws took the field tonight to play a doubleheader against the Utica Blue Sox, there would only be one game due to bad playing conditions that canceled the second game. Fans still saw a show tonight, as the Blue Sox took down the Outlaws 4-2 in the lone contest.
Utica got out to an early lead, as starter Cal Lawrence (Binghamton University) walked Kyle Norman (Buffalo), who would later score Zane Harris’ (Wright State) RBI triple that gave the Blue Sox the lead, 1-0, after the top of the first. Heading into the top of the third inning, the Blue Sox would be able to pick up two more runs. Kyle Norman and Matthew McDermott (William and Mary) both reached base on two consecutive throwing errors by the third baseman and second baseman. After Harris drew a walk to load the bases, Devon Garcia (Ohio) laced an RBI double, scoring both Norman and McDermott to extend Utica’s lead to 3-0.
The Outlaws struggled against the Blue Sox starter Garret Keough (Holy Cross), as he would throw a one-hit complete game. The starter was able to carry a no-hitter until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Brendan Brundadge (USC Upstate) hit a single to finally break up the no-no.
In the top of the fifth, Matt Deans (USC Sumtner) would relieve Lawrencer and get out of the fifth inning without allowing any hits. In the bottom half of the inning, the Outlaws would be able to get something rolling against Keough, as Chris Tracz (Marist College) drew a lead-off walk to get the rally going. After Ben Rhodes (Herkimer C.C.) was hit by a pitch, the Outlaws had runners in scoring position. Tracz would come around and score on a wild pitch, which cut the lead down to two. With Rhodes on third, Nick Camilleri (USNH) hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the final run of the game for the Outlaws.
Both teams would remain scoreless in the sixth and seventh innings and Utica would hold on to get the 4-2 win. Mark Flynn (Columbia College) and Brundage would both see an inning of work on the mound for the Outlaws, each pitcher had one strikeout and no hits allowed.
The Outlaws will be in action tomorrow as they take the road and face Glens Falls, game time is set for 7 p.m.
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