Linton Wainright got it done with his arm for Edmeston on Friday.
His feet were pretty good, too.
Sophomore right-hander Wainright struck out 10 and walked two in a four-hitter for the Panthers, who beat Milford, 8-1, in the Tri-Valley League baseball championship game at Oneonta State.
Wainright also went 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and six of the Panthers’ 12 stolen bases.
“That’s what I like to do,” Wainright said. “Start us off, lead off with a hit, steal a couple of bases, score a run, and make sure I set the tone.”
And that’s exactly what he did in the top of the first inning.
Wainright led off with an infield single on a slow roller to third base, beating a throw from Stephen Banks. He then stole second and third, setting up a sacrifice fly to center field by Clayton Hawes.
The Panthers scored twice in the second inning on suicide-squeeze plays.
Nate Truax singled, stole second, took third on a dropped third strike and scored on Josh Nicolosi’s bunt, which stopped a few feet into the grass on the third-base side. By the time Milford pitcher Peyton Griffiths fielded the ball, Truax was nearly home. To make matters worse for Milford, Nicolosi made it to third on the play as Griffiths’ high throw to first ended up in the foul territory of the outfield.
The next batter, Lucas Miller, then squeezed in Nicolosi for a 3-0 lead.
“We practiced that play all week,” Edmeston coach Mike Clark said. “At this point in the year, it is little things like that that can make a big difference in the game. They did it perfect.”
In the third inning, Clark’s son Michael walked, advanced to third on a single to right field by Hawes and scored on a fielder’s choice by Truax to make it 4-0.