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2018-05-15 / Sports

SK Rams Are The Delaware League Champs

By Rosie Cunningham


The South Kortright Rams following the Delaware League Championship win in Oneonta Thursday. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter The South Kortright Rams following the Delaware League Championship win in Oneonta Thursday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter ONEONTA - Defense and active sticks helped lead the Rams to a handy 10-1 defeat of Jefferson in the Delaware League Championship game Thursday at Neahwa Park in Oneonta.

According to South Kortright Coach Bob VanValkenburgh, the boys in blue have not been in the running for the championship title in nine years.

SK Pitching ace Kenton Pickett earned his sixth win from the mound this season - striking out four batters and allowing only three hits for the win.

The Rams (13-1, 8-1) were top notch from the field and hit the ball hard across the board.

“You guys did great on defense today,” said VanValkenburgh to his team following the game. “And, you finally started hitting line drives - I like what I saw today.”

Jefferson pitcher Noah Smith started the game, throwing two scoreless innings, as the two teams went into the third, tied at 0. However, the SK sticks came alive and trouble ensued for the J-Hawks - the Rams scored eight runs to secure a hefty lead.


Delaware League Secretary Jim Adair, presented South Kortright seniors Alex Funk (12), Pat Demming (12) and Conor Woznick (5) with a trophy. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Delaware League Secretary Jim Adair, presented South Kortright seniors Alex Funk (12), Pat Demming (12) and Conor Woznick (5) with a trophy. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter SK’s Alex Funk began the third inning rally with a walk, teammate Logan Kaufman moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Smith walked Austin Lamport and a single courtesy of Chris Champlin, loaded the bases.

Smith walked in the first run of the game and then senior Conor Woznick drove in two runners (3-0).

Sophomore Tyler Hall drove in two more runs and Smith was relieved by Dakota Shafer.

On the defensive side, second baseman Aidan Fox and shortstop Kaufman converted two double plays in the win, third baseman Lamport made some key stops and catcher Champlin, formerly of the Jefferson squad, was a standout, as always.


Kenton Pickett, South Kortright pitching ace, picked up his sixth win of the season from the mound in the Delaware League Championship game. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Kenton Pickett, South Kortright pitching ace, picked up his sixth win of the season from the mound in the Delaware League Championship game. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Champlin stalled a momentary run for the J-Hawks, throwing out a runner at first who was caught sleeping - he later made an impressive diving catch to end an inning.

Jefferson’s Cole Lapinel, Andrew Shapiro and Shafer each contributed singles for the JHawks, who uncharacteristically committed three errors in the loss.

First round sectional play pairings will be announced on Monday.


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