BY GREG KLEIN
Jarrett Hotaling tagged out Kyle
Doolen at the plate to complete a
dramatic game-ending double play
that preserved Cooperstown’s 3-2
baseball victory over Westmoreland
on Monday at Doubleday Field.
With Doolen at third base with
one out, Jon Guy hit a slow roller
toward first base. Cooperstown had
its infield in to stop the potential
tying run. Redskin first baseman
Ben Pierson fielded the ball, looked
Doolan back, and turned to make
the out at first. Doolenthen took off
for home and was called out as he
tried to slide wide past Hotaling.
Bulldog coach Dave Farley
protested the call, pointing to the
part of the plate he felt his player
had touched. However, the call
stood, and the game ended with the
Redskins (5-4, 4-1) notching another
Center State Conference victory.
“That was a bang-bang play,
all right,” said Cooperstown coach
Frank Miosek. “We made a mistake.
Ben did a great job fielding the ball,
and looking the runner back, but
he turned his back on the runner to
make the out at first, and he had a
little bit of trouble finding the bag.”
“(Farley) sent his player home.
I don’t know if I would have done
the same thing in that situation.
It is just a difference in coaching
philosophy,” he added. “I saw the
play pretty well. (Doolen) missed
the plate. Jarrett had the plate
blocked and he had to slide around
him and hook the bag, and I think
he missed it.”
The top of the seventh inning
began with another big play. Bulldog
catcher Matt Falcone led off
with a single to left field, but was
picked off the base by Pierson and
Cooperstown reliever Ethan Bliss.
“That was a big play,” Miosek
said. “If Ethan doesn’t make that
pickoff, then they have two men on
with no outs.”
Doolen batted after Falcone,
and singled to center field. He stole
second and took third on a passed
ball to set up the final play.
Bliss came on to pitch in the
sixth inning, preserving the win for
Sawyer Haney. Westmoreland had a
man on third at the time, with one
out. Jason Dee singled off Haney,
stole second and took third on a
wild pitch. However, Bliss struck out
Andrew Murphy and got Brandon
Murphy to line out to second to end
the inning with Dee stranded on
“Bliss came up big today,” Miosek
said. “He never showed any concern
about the situation. He had his
game face on. That’s the way he is;
it is nice to see that kind of attitude
in a junior.”
Cooperstown trailed 2-0 early,
but manufactured three solo runs
to take the lead. The game-winning
run came in the fifth inning. Kevin
Huggins singled to lead off the
inning. He advanced to second on
Henry Stewart’s sacrifice and scored
on Hotaling’s triple.
Huggins went 2-for-3 and scored
two runs in the game. He also made
a run-saving play in center field. He
made a diving catch in the top of
the fifth to record the final out of
the inning, again with Doolen on
“Nico Knull made that exact
same play for Kevin to preserve his
no-hitter last week,” Miosek said.
“Today it was Kevin’s turn to save
Cooperstown tied the game in
the fourth inning on a run scored
without a hit. Knull walked, stole
second, took third on a wild pitch
and scored on Derek Liner’s sacrifice
fly to left field.
Huggins scored the first run for
the Redskins in the third inning. He
singled, stole second, took third on
a passed ball and scored on Hotaling’s
single. Hotaling went 3-for-3
with two RBI.
The Bulldogs got both their runs
in the second inning off Redskin
starter Ryon Bennett. Bennett had
pitched a one-two-three first inning,
throwing only six pitches. However,
he jammed his thumb batting in the
bottom of the first, and ended up
leaving the mound in the second,
and the game in the third.
In the second, Bennett hit Guy to
lead off the inning, and after getting
a strikout, he gave up two straight
doubles to Anthony Poile and Zack
Green to stake the Bulldogs to their
“He’s had that problem before,”
Miosek said of Bennett’s thumb.
“I shouldn’t let him hit (when he
pitches). I am going to have to DH
for him from now on. But he’s hitting
.500 so I hate to have him out of the
Haney replaced Bennett and
pitched 3 and 2/3 innings to pick up
the win. Doolen pitched the complete
game for Westmoreland (4-7,
2-3) to take the loss. The Bulldogs left
eight batters on base, including the
bases loaded in the second inning.
With the win Cooperstown
is tied with Hamilton for second
place in CSC Division III behind
undefeated Sauquoit. The Redskins
played Mohawk in a non-league
game yesterday after deadline. They
host Morrisville-Eaton tomorrow at
Doubleday Field in a league game.
COOPERSTOWN 3, WESTMORELAND 2
Westmoreland 020 000 0 _ 2 8 1
Cooperstown 001 110 x _ 3 5 1
Kyle Doolen (L) and Matt Falcone. Ryan Bennett,
Sawyer Haney (W),
Ethan Bliss and Jarrett Hotaling. 2B _ Anthony
Poile (W), Zack Green
(W). 3B _ Jarrett Hotaling (C).
BY GREG KLEIN
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