ONEONTA — Mike Clark was in the zone Saturday at Oneonta State.
Senior right-hander Clark struck out 14 in a two-hitter as Edmeston beat Milford, 12-6, to win its second straight Tri-Valley League baseball championship.
“It is the best thing I can think of,” Clark, who appeared in his fourth consecutive T-V crossover Saturday, said of winning the league title. “This team is kind of like a team of best friends.”
Milford tested that bond in the bottom of the second inning, when it scored four times to take a 4-2 lead.
Wyatt Waters led off with an infield single, took second on a balk, stole third and scored on a error. Clark then walked Stephen Banks, got Will Ward to pop out, and walked Keenan Holliday. Banks and Holliday advanced on Ben Konchar’s fielder’s choice, which set up Paul Van Warner for a two-run single to right field.
After Van Warner stole second, Adam Renwick hit a comebacker to Clark. First baseman Justin Nicolosi couldn’t handle the throw, though, allowing Van Warner to score while the ball rolled toward right field.
Although Clark didn’t allow another hit, he ran into trouble after losing pitcher Banks threw a 1-2-3 third inning. Milford took advantage of an error and two walks to load the bases in the bottom of the third, but Clark got Konchar looking for his third strikeout of the inning.
Clark retired the side on strikeouts in the first and third and had two in each of the last four innings for the Panthers (15-1), who followed back-to-back crossover losses to Cherry Valley-Springfield with an 8-1 defeat of Milford last season.
Eight Wildcats went down looking at called third strikes Saturday, when Milford stranded nine runners. Clark’s pitching line included eight walks and one hit batter for the Panthers, who made five errors.