BOONVILLE, N.Y. - In their first matchup at the Robert Smith Sports Complex this season, the Adirondack Trail Blazers fell short to the Oneonta Outlaws 19-15 in 10 innings.
The Blazers were off to a great start in the bottom of the first, batting all the way around the order and scoring four runs. Matt Codispoti (SUNY Albany) hit a two-RBI single, Bay McIntosh (Florida Tech) hit an RBI double and Dan Abate (Monmouth) scored from third on a wild pitch.
After a brief second and third innings, the Outlaws made a comeback in the top of the fourth. Base hits from Stone Pellegrino (Wofford) and Brendan Brundage (USC Upstate) brought two runs in to score. Pellegrino also from third scored while John Hardy (MVCC) was able to catch Brundage in a pickle, closing the gap to 4-3.
In the top of the fifth, Oneonta opened the flood gates and took a commanding lead. Ben Dubas (Alvernia), Pellegrino and Brundage each hit a two-RBI double in the inning. An RBI single from Matt Tsukroff (Binghamton) and a two-RB single by Ian Fair (Northeastern) would tally a total of nine runs scored by the Outlaws, taking a 12-4 lead. They recorded a total of eight hits over a span of 13 batters.
Despite trailing by eight, the Trail Blazers remained calm and showed resiliency in the bottom of the fifth. John Michael Boswell (Furman) and McIntosh each scored on a wild pitch, and McIntosh and Hayden Rappoport (Dartmouth) had base hits to bring two more runs around, cutting the Outlaws' lead in half, 12-8.
For the next three innings, the Blazers continues to chip away at the Outlaws, scoring a total of five runs. Boswell hit an RBI triple in the sixth and Codispoti also had a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Boswell. The Blazers also picked up two runs in the seventh and one in the eight. at the end of seven innings, Oneonta lead 13-12.
In the home half of the eighth, Adirondack tied the game at 13 via walk. Steffen Torgersen (Dartmouth) walked on a full count with the bases loaded, scoring Abate.
With no runs scored in the ninth for either team, the Oneonta Outlaws had a chance to take the lead and were successful. The Blazers' bullpen fell apart and allowed the first six batters to score, in part to four hits and four walks.
Trailing 19-13 entering the bottom of the 10th, Adirondack refused to go down without a fight. An RBI single by Jordan Torrento (Adiran) and a crucial fielding error allowed Boswell to bring another run around for their club. Alas, the Blazers were unable to get anymore key hits and fell short by a final score of 19-15.
Michael Delease (Central Conn. State) was tagged with the loss, as he was responsible for the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th. Michael White (Stonehill) earned his second win through three full innings of work. He improved to 2-3 on the year.
After the All-Star break, the Trail Blazers will return home Wednesday to face the Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs. Oneonta and Adirondack will next face each other next Sunday afternoon in Boonville.