Defense, pitching lead Coop to baseball section title

Haney

UTICA — Quality pitching, clean defense and timely hitting helped Cooperstown to a Section III Class C baseball title Sunday Night with a 2-1 win over Oriskany in eight innings at Donovan Stadium.

Leading, 1-0, for most of the game behind a one-hit performance by starter Chris Ubner, the Hawkeyes committed their first error of the game and Ubner allowed two hits in the seventh as Oriskany tied the game with two outs.

Kendall Haney made up for his throwing error in the seventh by getting a strikeout to end the inning in relief of Ubner, and returned his team to the lead in the eighth with a one-out single that plated Jackson Martz.

Haney gave up a one-out double to Oriskany pitcher Steve Armstrong with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but got a strikeout for the second out. He put his body on the line for the third out, fielding a swinging bunt and tagging Carl Graziadei on his way to first.

By the time Haney regained his feet, Cooperstown was already celebrating its second section title in three years.

The game’s only other run came in the top of the third as Ryan Lansing singled in Sam Rhodes. Rhodes had opened the inning with a single and reached second on an outfield error on the play.

Pitchers Ubner and Armstrong were otherwise in control through six, with the Hawkeyes recording two hits and Oriskany just one entering the seventh.

Cooperstown (14-4) advances to Saturday’s regional final against Section IV champ Tioga at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton at a time to be determined.

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