By Greg Klein THE COOPERSTOWN CRIER
---- — 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.
Cooperstown (2-7, 1-5) tied the game in the third inning. Summers led off with a walk. He advanced on Curtis’ sacrifice bunt, and then scored on an error after Hall also bunted.
Despite the setback, Milford was in good position in the Tri-Valley East. The Wildcats played second-place Schenevus yesterday after deadline and have three more league games left.
Cooperstown coach Frank Miosek said that next year the event – honoring 19th century professional player and Cooperstown resident Bud Fowler – will be a four-team tournament. Griffiths said his team will be back if they are invited.
“It is a natural rivalry that has been in place over the years in Milford versus Cooperstown,” he said. “For us it is only a benefit. To play up and to play a team with the talent level of Cooperstown only benefits our program. Even with them a little down, you could tell the difference between a school of their talent level and a small-school team like us.
“I told one of their coaches, we would love to come back next year,” he continued. “We can only benefit if we keep that going.”
Cooperstown 7, Milford 2
at Doubleday Field
Milford 100 100 0 – 2 2 3
Cooperstown 001 321 x – 7 5 1
Banks (L), Van Warner (5) and Blake Elliott. Ray Cabrera (W) and Jack Donnelly. 2B: Scott Curtis (C).