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May 8, 2014

Hawkeyes top Milford in Fowler Game

Bud Fowler was good to the rebuilding Cooperstown baseball team Tuesday at Doubleday Field. 

The Hawkeyes got their second win of the season in the first, and perhaps last, Bud Fowler Game, beating neighbor Milford, 7-2.

Sophomore pitcher Ray Cabrera got the win for Cooperstown pitching a two-hitter while striking out five and walking three. It was the first complete game the Cooperstown pitching staff has posted this season.

“I think he settled down very well,” Milford coach Andrew Griffiths said. “We had him a little rattled in the first inning when we got him to balk, but he got through it and pitched well.”

Milford had leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Hawkeyes took control of the game with a three-run fourth inning. Scott Curtis hit a bases-clearing double to left field to score Jack Donnelly, Christian Alexander and James Johnson and take a 4-2 lead.

Cooperstown expanded its lead with runs in the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Cabrera reached on an error and scored on a single by Donnelly followed by a throwing error. Donnelly later scored on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, Park Summers singled, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Reilly Hall’s ground out.

Stephen Banks took the loss for Milford (8-2, 8-1), giving up six runs in 4-1/3 innings. He walked three, hit one and gave up three hits. Will Ward pitched in relief in the fifth and sixth innings, giving up one run on one hit while striking out three. Milford made three errors in the game.

The Wildcats got solo runs in the first and fourth innings. Paul Van Warner led off the game drawing a walk. He stole second, got balked to third and scored on a single to right by Wyatt Waters. In the fourth, Waters walked, stole second and scored on an error.

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