Oriskany’s Craig Whittaker (15) awaits the throw as New York Mills’ Terry Nichols (3) looks to steal second. Nichols was out on the play.

Jeff Pexton-MHTS/PGI Photo 


ball21-121x130The Oriskany Redskins got a bases loaded, two out double from junior, Nick Springer, that cleared the bases in the top of the seventh inning, to earn a come from behind 5-3 win over New York Mills in a key CSC-IV baseball game this afternoon at New York Mills.

Sophomore, Kyle Liddy, picked up the wild win on the mound for the Redskins, coming on in relief of starter, Tyler Tarkowski, who worked five strong innings in his first start of the young season.

Oriskany is (2-0) overall and in the CSC-IV taking over first place out of the gate.

Marauders starter Zack Vennaro (8) was lights out for the home team today.

New York Mills, who came into today’s game (1-0) following a 27-8 win over Remsen on Thursday, sent their ace, Zack Vennaro, to the hill to face Oriskany’s best starter, Tyler Tarkowski.

Vennaro, one of six members on the baseball team that were on the 2014 NY Mills Class “D” State Championship basketball team just a month ago, was solid from the start and definitely got better as the innings wore on today. 

The Marauders got on the board in the bottom of the 2nd inning, as Oriskany’s Tarkowski struggled briefly with his command.

Griffin Bauer and Nick Vanderwood drew back to back walks to open the home half of the 2nd.

Both base runners moved up on a wild pitch to put runners at second and third with nobody out. Another wild pitch scored Bauer from third, giving the Marauders a 1-0 lead.

ball21-121x130Tarkowski did settle down and got Brandon Ross to pop out with the bases loaded.

Vennaro held the Redskins in check for the next three innings, facing just ten Oriskany batters and not allowing a hit. 

New York Mills tacked on a run in the bottom of the fifth, when pinch runner, Cameron Lyons, came around to scored on an RBI single by Brandon Ross, putting Mills up by a score of 2-0, which is the way we’d go to the sixth.

To the surprise of most in attendance, Vennaro’s day was done after five innings and Sophomore, Griffin Bauer, took the hill in the top of the sixth.

Oriskany starter Tyler Tarkowski (11) had a very strong outing for the Redskins.

Vennaro finished the day allowing no runs, on two hits, striking out eight and walking just one, while keeping his pitch count to very low, early season number.

Bauer had trouble locating the strike zone early, walking Sam Martel and Nick Springer on eight consecutive pitches.

Martel and Springer advanced to second and third respectively on a wild pitch to Brandon Failing. Martel scored on a fielder’s choice, to pull Oriskany to within 2-1.

ball21-121x130Springer was then cut down at home when Tarkowski chopped one to Mills shortstop, Terry Nichols, who made a perfect throw to home for the second out.

Bauer settled down and got Shawn Cassevah on strikes to end the inning, preserving the NY Mills 2-1 lead.

After a scoreless home half of the sixth, Bauer took the hill again in the top of the seventh and struck out Ryan Enos and Shamis Lasher for two quick outs. 

Down to their final out, Oriskany got a single from Craig Whittaker to stay alive. Ethan Juarez then drew a walk.

Mills hitter Mike Copperwheat (12) gets into one of his two doubles on the day.

A wild pitch from Bauer to Sam Martel, advanced Whittaker to third and Juarez to second. Martel was then intentionally walked, loading the bases for Nick Springer, who hit a shot into deep right field, clearing the bases and putting Oriskany on top 4-2.

Craig Whittaker then stepped in and smacked an RBI single, which scored Springer to make it 5-2, bringing us to the home half of the seventh.

The Marauders got to within 5-3 when Mike Copperwheat started things off with his second double of the game and later scored on an RBI single off the bat of Brandon Ross, also his second of the game.

ball21-121x130Liddy got Vennaro to ground into a 4-6-3 double play and then set Griffin Bauer down on strikes to end the game.

Oriskany’s Tyler Tarkowski worked five full innings, allowing 2 runs, on 2 hits, striking out 8 and walking 2.

Kyle Liddy worked two innings, allowing no runs on three hits, striking out 3 and walking 1. 

Oriskany returns to action tomorrow, when they travel to Waterville for a CSC crossover game.

New York Mills is off until next Tuesday, when they play host to Class “B” Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. 


Oriskany 5 New York Mills 3

                            1 2 3 4 5 6 7   Total

Oriskany               0 0 0 0 0 1  4      5

New York Mills        0 1 0 0 1 0 1       3