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Oriskany baseball upsets top-seeded New York Mills in extras

By By BRIAN SANDLER

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - New York Mills sophomore Jeff Albright struck out 18 batters in 10 innings, but Oriskany freshman Noah Lupini came away the hero on Friday with a game-winning RBI single in the 11th to upset the top-seeded Marauders 3-2 in the Section III, Class D quarterfinals at Rome's Volunteer Field.

Tied 2-2 in the top of the 11th, No. 8-seeded Oriskany put runners at first and second with one out on an infield single and an error.  Lupini then lined a single to left off Marauders reliever Jim Fellone, scoring Rhett Kristl for the go-ahead run.  New York Mills got the tying run to second with one out in the bottom of the frame, but Mike Gaglianese ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts.

Oriskany (14-6), ranked No. 17 in the state in Class D, advances to play No. 4-seeded and No. 4-ranked Hamilton in the semifinals Saturday at 1:00 at Hamilton.  New York Mills, ranked No. 10 this week, ends the season 14-6.

Albright was matched for eight-plus innings by Mike Bunal, who struck out 11 and allowed just one earned run.  Gaglianese struck out four in three innings of relief for the win.

The Marauders started the scoring in the bottom of the second with an RBI single by Shane Jaswick and got their second run on a Jaswick RBI double in the fourth.  Oriskany came right back in the fifth with a two-run single by Kyle Cousin.

New York Mills wasted multiple chances to go ahead or win late in the game, ending innings with a double play with runners at first and third in the sixth, having a runner thrown out trying to steal third with first and second in the seventh and having a runner thrown out trying to steal second in the eighth.

 

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