Cashman fans 15 over 6, Osborne hits HR
WINDSOR – After 10 days of rain and dropping four straight games, the Chenango County Hellcats American Legion baseball team defeated Harpursville. In the fifth game in seven days, the Hellcats dominated Harpursville Post 1596, winning 12-0. At the end of six innings, with the mercy rule enacted, starting pitcher Marcus Cashman (Norwich) had fanned 15 batters.
The Hellcats jumped on the Harpursville pitchers right away, putting the ball in play and executing quality at bats as they threatened in the top of the first frame sending five batters to the dish. In the bottom half of the inning, Cashman went right to work, striking out the first lead-off man. Following a walk, the Hellcats starter threw back-to-back strike outs to leave the runner stranded and end the first.
Kegan Wright (Norwich) put the first run on for the Hellcats after a lead off single. Reaching second base on a passed ball, Wright advanced to third on a hard grounder by Josh Christian (Oxford) and was plated by a sacrifice fly by Justin Bates (Norwich). Cashman returned to the hill on the defensive side of the frame to strike out the side.
Leading off the third, Cameron Osborne (Unadilla Valley) sent a hit over the fence in left field to give the Hellcats a 2-0 lead. Cashman preserved that lead, going three batters up and three batters down again.
In the bottom of the fourth, Cashman gave up one of only three Harpursville hits, but added three more strikeouts to the four batters he faced. It was clear that Niagara University commit was locked in.
After running Conrad – the Harpursville starting pitcher – off in the fifth, their bullpen crumbled at the patience and bats of the Hellcats. Osborne led the inning off with a walk followed by back-to-back singles by JT Vinal (Norwich) and Cashman, the bases were loaded for Gavin Bonczkowski (GMU).
During Bonzckowski’s at-bat, Osborne scored on a passed ball that also moved Vinal and Cashman up on the base paths. Bonzckowski hit a hard sac fly to score Vinal from third. Wright followed up with a walk, putting Jordan Jacquette (Norwich) in the batter’s box. Jacquette reached first on fielders choice, yielding him a RBI with a Cashman coming across the plate and put the Hellcats up 5-0.
The Chenango County defense backed up their pitcher in the bottom half of the frame, putting two out and wrapping it up their third batter with another whiff presented by Cashman.
The top of the sixth started with a Bates Fly out, followed up a bunch of quality at bats by the Hellcats. Michael Trevisani (Norwich) worked a walk before advancing to second on a passed ball. Osborne moved him over to third with a fly out.
Vinal and Cashman both earned a walk to once again load the bases for Bonczkowski. The Hellcats then started the two-out rally as Bonczkowski knocked a single, plating Trevisani and moved the runners up...