Oneonta advances to final four


The Oneonta Redskins head into the Final Four. They host North Jackson Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Game three, if necessary, will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. -Oneonta Varsity Baseball | Facebook

The Oneonta Redskins head into the Final Four. They host North Jackson Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Game three, if necessary, will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. -Oneonta Varsity Baseball | Facebook

The Redskins held off Curry’s comeback bid in the second game of the best-of-three series for their third sweep of the playoffs. In the first game, Oneonta knocked in eight runs in the third inning and the Yellowjackets couldn’t catch up.

Both teams scored one run in the first. Will Moye led off with a triple and Beau Ragsdale drove him in on a sacrifice fly to left field.

After a scoreless second inning, Curry put another run on the board in the top of the third. The Redskins fired up the offense in the bottom of the inning scoring eight runs off six hits. Sam Patrick led off with a ground single to shortstop, moved to second on Moye’s walk, and scored when Braden Moore singled on a grounder to left field. Brodie Devaney loaded the bases with a bunt single and Ragsdale drove in Moye and Moore with a line drive to center field.

A single on another line drive to centerfield from Luke Hodge loaded the bases again with Devaney advancing to home plate after Connor Faust was beaned by the pitcher. With bases still loaded, Andrew McElvey hit a line drive to left field to send Ragsdale home. Patrick drew a walk in his second at bat of the inning to send Hodge home. Faust and McElvey each scored on passed balls for the final two runs of the inning and a 9-2 Redskin lead.

Oneonta’s defense did the rest holding the Yellowjackets to one more run that came in the top of the seventh.

Faust got the start for the Redskins going seven innings for the win. He allowed just three runs on six hits. Ragsdale went 2-for-3 with three RBIs while Patrick went 2-for-2 with one RBI to lead the Redskins at the plate.

In game two, Oneonta got off to a quick start scoring four runs in their first at bat. Curry scored two in the bottom of the first to cut the lead in half. The Redskins added one in the top of the second for a three-run advantage, but Curry scored one in the fourth and one in the seventh making it a one-run game before the Redskins recorded the final out to preserve the 5-4 win.

Moye led off the game with a walk and advanced to third on Devaney’s grounder that was mishandled by the shortstop. Ragsdale cleared the bases on a bomb to left field to make it 3-0. Hodge reached on an error, Faust was hit by a pitch, and McElvey singled on a line drive to left field to load the bases. Hodge then scored on Cameron Dailey’s sacrifice fly giving Oneonta the early 4-0 lead.

In the top of the second, Moore singled on a line drive to left field, advanced to second on a sacrifice from Devaney, and scored on Ragsdale’s grounder to short. After two innings, the score was 5-2. The Redskins allowed only two more runs and held on to win 5-4.

Moore, Ragsdale, and McElvey were 2-for-4 at the plate with Ragsdale driving in four runs and Dailey driving in one. Hodge pitched a complete game allowing four runs on five hits in the win.

The Redskins advance to the 4A semifinals with a home series against the North Jackson Chiefs Friday. Game one starts at 4:30 p.m. with the second game set to start at 7 p.m. If they need a game three, it will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. North Jackson is 29-9 this season with one of those losses coming against the Redskins. Oneonta beat them 7-2 in early March.