Elmira scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning and the winning run in the eighth on a bunt to pull out a 4-3 victory over visiting Binghamton on Thursday in Southern Tier Athletic Conference baseball.
Mike Diehr’s bunt drove home Anthony Aumick, who singled and stole second with nobody out. Diehr bunted the ball to the charging first baseman and Aumick scored on the errant throw to first as Elmira improved to 6-5 (5-3 STAC).
“It was a good game for us. Lucky to get a win here at home,” Elmira head coach Jason Manwaring said. “Binghamton, hat’s off to them. They played a very good game tonight, kept us off balance with their pitchers. We were able to get out of here with a win.”
In the bottom of the seventh, Cole Berry walked and went to second on a passed ball. Mike Wood singled to put runners at second and third. Berry then scored on a hard grounder by Armand Pagano that went off the first baseman for a hit.
Diehr came into the game in relief in the seventh inning and earned the win. Earlier in the contest, he helped stop a Binghamton rally when he fielded a grounder at shortstop, touched second and threw to first for a double play.
Binghamton (0-7) scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh after trailing 2-0. Dan Walsh’s RBI double tied the score and Bryan Conn followed with a go-ahead single.
Pagano was 3-for-4 with a double. Berry also doubled and Wood was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Express starter Johnny Hall gave up four hits and one run in six innings. Diehr gave up two runs in the seventh before settling down to shut out the Patriots in the eighth.
“This is our third game this week,” Manwaring said. “We’re short on pitching a little bit and we had an unexpected absence today in our lineup. Other guys stepped up and did a great job for us.”
Horseheads 11, Vestal 10: At Horseheads, Ian Cook and Alexei Seymour scored four goals each as the Blue Raiders knocked off Section 4 power Vestal.
Seymour scored twice in the fourth quarter to put Horseheads (5-5) up 11-9. Jared Nelson scored for Vestal (9-3) with 1 minute, 44 seconds left to bring the Golden Bears within one. Horseheads came up with a stop with 37 seconds left and had the ball on the sideline in its defensive zone. The Raiders cleared the ball to Cook and ran out the clock.
“We’ve lost to them the past three years in the sectional finals,” Horseheads head coach Pete Cook said. “Right now they’re the dominant No. 1 team in the entire section even as a Class B school. We played well against Corning (on Saturday) and we’re just getting better as the season progresses.”
Vestal had a 30-21 edge in shots, but the Blue Raiders had a 30-10 advantage on ground balls and a 21-4 mark on faceoffs. Garrette Briggs took all the faceoffs for Horseheads.
“I’m proud of the kids. They’re actually playing together as an entire team and everybody’s doing their job and role,” Pete Cook said. “Garrette Briggs at the faceoff ‘X’ is probably one of the tops in Section 4.”
Horseheads hosts Elmira at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Blue Raiders’ Senior Game.
Corning 5, Horseheads 2: At Horseheads, Angelena Maio hit a two-run homer for Corning in a STAC victory over the Blue Raiders.
Caitlin Price’s RBI single gave the Hawks (3-4) a 3-2 lead in the fourth. They added two runs in the seventh.
Horseheads dropped to 9-3 overall and 7-2 in the STAC.
Horseheads 6, Vestal 1: At Horseheads, singles wins from Mike Entry, Kolby Reasons, Dustin McCullough and Gavin DeWitt helped the Blue Raiders post a STAC victory. Doubles winners for Horseheads were David Massey/Isaac Rawcliff and Matt Minor/Blake Dickson.
Edison 6, Moravia 1: At Elmira Heights, Michael Beach, Josh Gublo, Zach Root and Anthony Forte had singles wins for Edison in an IAC victory. Hunter Farley/Olivia Thresher and Keith Beach/Mike Kowulich added doubles wins.
Corning 6, U-E 1: At Corning, Alex Wang, John Stalbird and Ellis Anastasio had singles wins for the Hawks in a STAC victory.
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