Strong pitching and sparkling defense ruled in Friday afternoon’s Southern Tier Athletic Conference baseball game between Horseheads and Union-Endicott.
It took small ball to win it.
Haydyn Vose limited the Blue Raiders to three hits and the unbeaten Tigers (10-0, 8-0 STAC) scored the only run of the game on a sacrifice fly in their final at-bat to pull out a 1-0 victory.
“It was a great high school game, but you have to score to win and we didn’t do that today,” said Horseheads coach Jeff Limoncelli.
The first two Horseheads batters singled, but the Tigers turned one of two double plays in the game to get out of the inning. Nico Limoncelli’s fifth-inning single was the Blue Raiders’ only other hit.
Vose struck out just one batter but didn’t walk anybody. Nick Cantando of Horseheads (7-4, 4-3) also pitched a three-hitter.
U-E’s Drew Hogan led off the seventh with a double to left that was aided by a tricky bounce. He reached third on a fielder’s choice, colliding with third baseman Josh Stowell just as the throw from shortstop Limoncelli reached the bag and the ball trickled away. Jared McStine drove Hogan in with a fly ball to left.
“It was a well-played game on both sides,” said Union-Endicott coach Tim Harkness. “At the end, we just kind of scraped together one run and that’s all we needed.”
Stowell turned in two defensive gems. His backhanded snag of a hard-hit ball down the line in the second inning forced out the lead runner to stop a U-E threat. In the sixth, Stowell made a leaping catch of C.J. Krowiak’s line drive while playing in on the grass.