By Connor Stalker, Utica Blue Sox Staff Writer
Oneonta, N.Y.—Riding an 11-game win streak the Blue Sox travelled out to Oneonta to face off against the Oneonta Outlaws. Oneonta has struggled this season compiling a measly 13-23 record placing them in the bottom half of the East Division, while the Blue Sox have been impressive working a 20-10 record.
The Blue Sox started off hot scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning off starter Patrick Dengler.
With a solid lead to work with, Marcus Kruzan looked electric going 3 innings striking out 6 and allowing no base runners.
In the top of the 3rd, the Blue Sox plated 2 more on a frozen rope double by Andre Demetral to left center field.
The Blue Sox relief corps looked strong. Ryan Cook had his first outing of the season coming off an injury and worked a scoreless inning. Chris Killian relieved Cook and had his best outing of the season thus far striking out 8 in 5 innings while allowing only 3 baserunners on 2 hits and a walk.
Wyatt Jensen added to the lead in the 7th and 9th innings roping a single to right and grounding out, giving the Blue Sox a 7-0 lead.
Jensen’s RBIs finished off the scoring on the night for both sides leading to a final score of 7-0. The win improved the Blue Sox record to 21-10, while also being win number 12 in a row for the surging squad.
The Outlaws fell to 13-24 on the season, riding a very different streak with the loss being their 6th in a row.
On the mound, Chris Killian got the win, his 2nd of the summer, while also improving his ERA to 0.62. Patrick Dengler was handed the loss after allowing 5 runs.
Sean Dertinger, Joel Hayner, and Liam Blair pitched 5.2 innings in relief allowing only 2 runs, but the effort came much too late, as their bats could not string together any runs.
Will Shannon and Ben Partridge led all players with 2 hits each. Partridge was a menace on the base paths stealing 3 bases, while Shannon also stole a base himself and roped a double off the left field fence. Demetral had a big day as well, hitting a double and recording 2 RBIs.
The Blue Sox play tomorrow July 20th, at Veterans Memorial Field where they will face off against division rival Mohawk Valley who is close on their heels for 2nd in the division.
For fans intent on seeing on the Blue Sox at home, they play a double header against the Diamond Dawgs this Friday with game time beginning at 5:15 PM.