By Greg Klein
---- — Freshman pitcher Ray Cabrera struck out six batters over four innings, getting a win in relief during Cooperstown’s 12-4 home win over Morrisville-Eaton on Friday.
“He did a really nice job,” Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek said. “We have a lot of freshman playing well for us. I’ve been telling the older guys to say a word of thanks to the young guys, because without them we would not have a team right now.”
Cabrera, a right hander, relieved Park Summers, who left the game after three innings with arm soreness. “It was just a precautionary thing,” Miosek said. “He’s been sore. We’re trying to err on the side of caution with him.”
M-E went three-up, three-down in all but one inning Cabrera pitched. The Warriors got two runs off him in the fifth inning on a single by Coby Merkle, a double by Matt Paljarvi and a wild pitch.
Merkle also scored to start the game, leading off with a walk and advancing on a fielder’s choice and a passed ball. He scored on Collin Pearsall’s single. Pearsall also had an RBI single in the third inning.
Cooperstown, meanwhile, knocked around M-E starter Alec Diable, who gave up 11 runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Leadoff hitter Nico Knull went 3-for-3, stole three bases and scored twice. He walked in his other two at bats.
In the third inning, Knull reached base on a bunt up the third-base line. Three innings later he hit a triple to deep right-center field.
“We’ve practiced that bunt play,” Miosek said, “so it was nice to see him do it perfectly. Then he comes back and hits the ball 300 plus feet. He was clutch today.”
Cabrera scored two runs. Fellow freshman Scott Curtis and Scott Segit had two and three runs respectively.
On Monday, winning pitcher Rob Slivinski struck out nine, walked five and held host Cooperstown to one hit in Sauquoit Valley’s 4-2 road victory.
Cooperstown’s two runs came in the fourth inning starting when Ethan Bliss and Jack Donnelly drew back-to-back walks. Both came around to scored on passed balls to give Cooperstown a 2-1 lead.
The Indians tied it at 2 in the sixth and then scored twice in the seventh. RJ Stinella and Zach Thomas had RBI singles in the inning.
Cooperstown (4-2, 4-2) will host Hamilton on Friday.
“The Center State Conference is going to be like this all year,” Miosek said. “There’s no one team better than the others. We’re going to have to scratch out wins.”
Sauquoit Valley 4, Cooperstown 2
S-V 001 001 2 - 4 8 2
Cooperstown 000 200 0 - 2 1 3
Rob Slivinski (W) and Zach Thomas. Ethan Bliss (L), Sawyer Haney (7) and Jack Donnelly.
Cooperstown 12, M-E 4
Morrisville-Eaton 101 020 0 - 4 5 6
Cooperstown 113 205 x - 12 9 3
Alec Diable (L), Matt Paljarri (7) and Cody Merkle. Park Summers, Ray Cabrera (4,W) and Jack Donnelly. 2B: Matt Paljarri (M), Scott Curtis (C). 3B: Nico Knull (C).