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.