Jon Vega’s bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted third-seeded Oneonta to a 7-6 victory over No. 4 Dryden in the quarterfinals of the Section 4 Class B baseball tournament on Thursday.
The Purple Lions, who finished 12-7, rallied from a 6-2 deficit after four innings, scoring twice in the fifth and twice in the sixth before Vega’s walk-off hit lifted the home team (13-6), which will take on second-seeded Chenango Forks — which routed seventh-seeded Newark Valley on Thursday, 14-0 — in the Class B semis on Tuesday.
Brian Colbert went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs with a sixth-inning triple, and Justen Geddes also had two hits for Dryden. The Lions took a 1-0 lead in the first on Derek Wilson’s RBI double, which scored Noah Welgoss from first after he led off with a walk. Chris Pindar answered for Oneonta in the bottom of the first with a two-out, two-run homer. It was 3-2 after 3½ innings, but the home team tacked on three runs, all unearned, in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead.
“We battled the entire game,” Dryden coach Kim Brown said. “We were evenly matched and unfortunately came up a bit short. With every defensive starter returning next year, this group, if mentally focused, has a chance to have a pretty special season next year. Hopefully, we use this close loss as motivation next year.”