This afternoon, the 12-8-1 Cortland Red Dragons baseball team hosts the 9-10 Oneonta Red Dragons in a doubleheader, at Wallace Field. Yesterday, Cortland opened the three game series with an 11-1 victory, scoring all of their runs in the fourth inning. Zack Durant started and was the winning pitcher for Cortland pitching six innings, allowing only one run on three hits and two walks.
At First Pitch, it was a gloomy day on the field, with clouds covering the sky and players wearing thermals and/or sweatshirts under their uniforms to stay warm as it was just 42 degrees.
Starting on the mound for the Cortland Red Dragons first game today was the left-handed pitcher, Matt Valin. Valin came into the game with a 2-0 record in five starts and 21 innings pitched.
The starting pitcher for Oneonta was Steven Gerringer, who came into the day 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA in 21 innings pitched.
To start the game Valin was a bit erratic, with two walks in the first inning, but he was able to strand the runners on first and second. In the bottom half of the inning left fielder Colin Bevard reached base on a strikeout-wild pitch, but Cortland was unable to do anything with that luck.
Through three innings there was little action on either side, as both pitchers settled in nicely. Cortland had just two hits and Oneonta had one hit and two walks with the starting pitchers overpowering the opposing lineups.
The pitcher’s duel persisted through five innings, as Valin had eight strikeouts and seemed to have complete control of his complete repertoire. Gerringer matched zeros through five, working around trouble in the bottom of the fifth, as he walked the leadoff batter, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. From their, Gerringer walked another batter, then induced a line drive to the shortstop who caught it, then beat the runner on second back to the bag to get a double play, getting Oneonta out of trouble.
In the bottom of the sixth Oneonta brought in Christopher DiDomizio, a left-hander to relieve Gerringer. This is where Cortland broke through as DiDomizio allowed a hit, a walk, threw a passed ball, and then allowed a short chopper down to third allowing a runner to score and the batter to reach first safely.
From there, things started to break in favor of Cortland as Oneonta was not able to make any plays on the infield. Cortland was able to take advantage of the poor defense and string a few hits together. They scored six runs on DiDomizio before Oneonta decided that was enough and brought in another reliever to quiet things down.
Cortland scored a seventh run before the side was finally retired.
To shut things down, Cortland brought in Dan Hobbs. Hobbs struck out the first batter, allowed a single, and then induced a double play to end the game. Just like yesterday, Cortland scored all of their runs in one inning and won with ease.
The winning pitcher was Matt Valin, who threw six shutout victories and DiDomizio, who allowed all seven runs took the loss.
First Pitch for game two of this doubleheader will be at 3 p.m.