|By The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Left fielder Jones threw out
Although Waln nearly lost his mask in a collision at home with Saville, who didn't slide, the Outlaws catcher held onto the ball for the final out as Oneonta won at Damaschke Field to clinch a first-round Eastern Division playoff series, two games to one.
The next step for the second-seeded Outlaws (29-20) was undetermined at press time late Wednesday night as the third and final game of the other first-round playoff series in the East -- between the regular-season division champion Geneva Red Wings (31-17) and the fourth-seeded Syracuse Salt Cats (24-24) -- started after
If the Salt Cats won, the Outlaws will host the first game of the best-of-three Eastern Division championship series at 7 tonight at Damaschke Field. If the Red Wings won, Oneonta will take a road trip to
Regardless, the Outlaws extended their season with a nail-biter Wednesday.
Oneonta took a 5-4 lead into the final inning, which opened with reliever
Sherrill's designated hitter for Wednesday's series finale, Wright singled to left field on a 2-0 pitch from Ferrell. Saville attempted to score on the play but was cut down by Jones -- an NYCBL Eastern Division All-Star this season -- at the plate to end it.
Ferrell earned the save with two innings of relief. He struck out two, walked one and allowed one earned run -- on an RBI groundout by
Baquer's sacrifice fly tied the score at 2 as the Outlaws scored twice in the bottom of the second, on RBI singles by Waln and
Oneonta scored two more runs in the fourth against Sherrill starter
Baquer's leadoff double in the sixth set up an RBI single by Brice with one out, pulling the Silversmiths to 4-3.
Evanko followed with a scoreless seventh en route to the pitching victory in relief. Evanko hit Wright with two out, and the Oneonta State sophomore stole second but was stranded when Hopkins grounded out to first for the final out of the inning. Evanko struck out three, walked none and allowed one run on two hits in five innings of relief.
Oneonta got a key insurance run in the seventh with a two-out rally sparked by a walk to Waln.
McClure, who struck out four, walked five and scattered 10 hits, got out of the inning when Mauseth flew out to left field.
Baquer started another Sherrill rally with a leadoff single in the eighth. He then stole second and third before scoring the final run on Brice's groundout to shortstop.
Baquer went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI to pace Sherrill, which received one run in a 2-for-3 effort from Wright.
Waln finished 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI for the Outlaws, who got two hits, a run and an RBI from Mauseth. Oneonta's 10-hit night also included singles by Jones,
All three playoff games between Oneonta and Sherrill were played at Damaschke Field, which drew an announced attendance of 1,402 fans Wednesday. The teams were scheduled to play Game 2 at Sherrill on Monday, but heavy rainfall moved the game to Damaschke Field on Tuesday. The Outlaws won Game 2, 3-2, to force Wednesday's series finale.
Also Wednesday, the regular-season Western Division champion Hornell Dodgers capped a first-round playoff series victory, two games to one, with an 8-4 defeat of the
The Twins advanced with a 7-1 victory over the Rochester Ridgemen on Tuesday night as
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