#8 John Lacy celebrates with # 7 Brandon Failing as the Skins roll at OCC!
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After an ugly half inning that saw his team fall behind 3-0, Oriskany head coach Tom Meiss knew what the bottom line was for his ball club.
“It’s a beautiful facility, it’s the Section III championship, and I think there was some jitters,” Meiss said. “We just needed to get our legs under us.”
What Meiss, and many of the other onlookers at Onondaga Community College didn’t know, was that his team would end up winning by twelve runs.
Top-seeded Oriskany took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the first, and smashed out an astounding eighteen runs on twelve hits to roll to an 18-6 win over Sackets Harbor and a third Section III Class D title in four years.
The first inning was a sloppy back-and-forth affair that lasted nearly 45 minutes, with neither team doing much to help themselves in the field.
Sackets Harbor’s Alex Keegan led off the game with a single, and quickly found himself on third after an errant pickoff attempt.
Oriskany starter Nick Springer hit Dakota Brown with a pitch to place runners on the corners for Tom Burch.
With Burch up, Springer fired a wild pitch to score Keegan from third. Burch then singled and advanced to second on an errant throw by third baseman Ethan Juarez, scoring Brown in the process.
Burch later scored on another wild pitch, and the Patriots assumed a 3-0 lead.
Oriskany took any frustration they may have had with their performance, and put it to good use to take the lead in the bottom of the first.
The Redskins brought ten to the plate, and racked up four runs on three hits to assume a 4-3 lead. Springer, Kyle Liddy, Juarez, and Tyler Murfit all crossed the dish for Oriskany.
As sloppy as the opening frame was, the next two and a half innings were a polar opposite.
Springer and Ryan Allen each settled into a groove, combining to retire the next fifteen batters in order to maintain a one run game through the middle of the fourth.
Even while holding on to a lead, Oriskany was aware it still had work to do offensively to collect another championship.
They left little to chance at the plate, and on the bases in the bottom of the fourth.
Shawn Cassevah and Shamis Lasher connected on singles to start the carousel, and the rest of the Oriskany lineup came to bat for a second time to the tune of five runs on four hits, including the winning run scored by Lasher.
During their critical surge, Tom Meiss was not shy about employing the running game. His ball club collected five stolen bases to aid in putting their opponent in the rear view mirror.
Sackets showed a glimmer of hope in the top of the fifth, as Springer walked his first three batters faced and allowed Matt Stackel to score on a wild pitch with Keegan up.
Springer issued a walk to Keegan, prompting Meiss to hand the pellet to Kyle Liddy.
Liddy took some time to get settled, allowing the inherited runner to score on Dakota Brown’s RBI triple, but was superb from there on in.
Liddy allowed just one more run on one hit, and Oriskany piled on nine insurance runs in their final two innings at the plate as the Redskins cruised to the crown by an 18-6 final.
Springer picked up the win for Oriskany, allowing five runs on just three hits and fanning three.
Springer improves to 6-0 on the season. Allen was handed the loss after surrendering thirteen runs before being pulled to begin the sixth.
Dom Chiode, Brown, and Keegan pitched the balance in relief.
Kyle Liddy led Oriskany with a three-run, three RBI performance that included a triple in the sixth inning.
Nick Springer was 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Alex Keegan scored three times for the Patriots(18-3).
Oriskany improves to 20-2, and will face their old nemesis, Section IV champion Hancock, in a NYSPHSAA Class D regional Saturday at Onondaga Community College.
Hancock defeated Oriskany in the regional round last season in Binghamton.
Oriskany 18 Sackets Harbor 6
Sackets Harbor 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 6 3 4
Oriskany 4 0 0 5 3 6 0 18 12 2