BY GREG KLEIN
Cooperstown Hawkeye pitcher James Norwood had another strong outing against rival Oneonta, but again lost, this time 6-2.
The right hander from the Bronx and St. Louis University gave up four unearned runs in seven innings. He struck out six walked three.
“He battled tonight,” Hawkeye head coach Eric Coleman said. “He had one bad inning, but James kept us in the game after that. We did not back him up in the field or at the plate.”
The Hawkeyes made three errors, including two in a fourrun first inning that put them in a hole they could never escape. They also stranded 11 runners, including going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
“That’s not going to get it done against a good team like this,” Coleman said. “It’s not going to get it done against any team.”
Cooperstown had a record of 3-7 going into last night’s game at Newark. “We’re going to have to make some changes,” Coleman said. “Some guys might not be here. It’s tough, but that’s the way it is.”
Oneonta has now won all three games in the “Mayor’s Cup Challenge” between the two teams this season. Outlaw officials said they believe it is the first time their team has won a game in Cooperstown. The two teams played in different leagues last season, but both played in the New York Collegiate Baseball League in 2010.
This is the first time they have played in Cooperstown this year. Oneonta left-handed starting pitcher Sheldon Lee got the win, giving up two runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out three batters, walked none and hit one. Jeremy Rose, Colter Bostick and Clay Bates combined to pitch four scoreless innings of relief for the Outlaws.
“They all pitched very well,” Oneonta head coach Greg Zachrison said. “From Sheldon to Jeremy to Colter to Clay, they all did well.”
Oneonta got four runs in the first inning. Logan Brown led off the game with a single to right field and scored on a wild pitch.
Clay Holcomb and Zach Lucas then got on base on errors; Holcomb on a two-base fielding error by third baseman Quinn Pippin, and Lucas on a dropped throw to first from Pippin by first baseman Chris Blanton.
Zac Johnson singled down the first base line to score Holcomb. Cody Huff doubled to right field to score Lucas. Johnson then scored on Sutton Whiting’s 4-3 fielder’s choice to make it 4-0.
Cooperstown got both its runs in the fifth inning. Josh Ingham bunted down the third base line for a single. Jacob Hubert singled to center and Ingham took second.
Brad Vanderglass then bunted down the third base line. Lee fielded the ball but his throw to first was high, scoring Ingham. Hubert was held at third, but Vanderglass kept running, knocking into Oneonta second baseman Orlando Rivera before getting picked off in a rundown.
“It was obstruction,” Coleman said. “They said he (Lucas) had to keep running for them to make that call, but they got the call wrong.”
After Tyler Mautner grounded out to Lee, Ty Morris doubled to score Hubert. Blanton then lined out to first to end the inning.
Oneonta got two insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Rivera led off with a walk, and took second on a passed ball.
Brown then doubled to right field. Morris’ throw home sailed high into the backstop allowing Rivera to score and sending Brown to third. Brown then scored on Holcomb’s double off the wall in left center field for the final run.
Hubert got a single in the bottom of the ninth for Cooperstown, but the Outlaws turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
The Hawkeyes host Newark today at 5 p.m. The next game with Oneonta is Sunday, July 1 at Doubleday Field.
ONEONTA 6, COOPERSTOWN 2
Oneonta 400 000 002 _ 6 7 3
Cooperstown 000 020 000 _ 2 7 3
Sheldon Lee (W), Jeremy Rose (6), Colter
Bostick (7), Clay Bates (9)
and Shane Crain. James Norwood (L),
Hayden Elrod (8) and Patrick Hyde.
2B _ Cody Huff (O), Logan Brown (O),
Clay Holcomb (O), Ty Morris
(C). 3B _ Logan Brown (O).
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