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2018-05-15 / Sports

D/H Advances to MAC Baseball Title Clash

By Tom Coddington

The Deposit/Hancock baseball team weathered a scare by Harpursville in Friday’s semifinal game of the Midstate Athletic Conference tournament. The visiting Hornets knocked in four runs in the top of the seventh inning, but the Eagles held on for an 11-7 win.

In the first inning, the home forces got on the board when Darren Shaver led off with a single, stole second base, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Luke Resti single. Later in the inning, the Eagles executed a double steal, with Austin Lenio going to second as Resti raced home. They added two runs in the second on a home run by Caleb Walker, but Harpursville cut the lead to 4-3 with a rally in the top of the third.

D/H responded with a five spot in the bottom half. Lenio, Walker, Ray Rynearson, Shaver and Cole Russell each got the RBI’s. The Eagles tallied single runs in the fourth and fifth frames. Russell, Shaver and Walker all had two hits in the game. Resti relieved starting pitcher Russell after the Hornets’ third inning rally.

D/H, the top seed in the tourney, was to play second-seeded Unatego this Monday at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field.

On the previous Monday, the Eagles routed non-league foe Sullivan West, 14-3, as Shaver led the offense. After doubling a run third inning he got four runs batted in with a grand slam homer in the fifth inning. Owen Wormuth singled to start the rally, and Lenio, Walker and James Bowie walked preceding Shaver’s four-bagger.

Shaver finished with three hits, and Wormuth also had three hits and stole three bases, and Walker and Russell had two hits. Rynearson was the winning pitcher, striking out six and allowing four hits in a five-inning stint, and Caden Fortunato finished the day on the mound.

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