COXSACKIE — Coxsackie-Athens baseball lost to the Watervliet Cannoneers in a high scoring affair Tuesday evening, by a 15-11 final score.
The Indians managed to grab a lead earlier in the game, but the Cannoneers put seven runs on the board in the fifth, and another four in the sixth to seal a victory on the road for Watervliet.
Dillon Hynes started the game for Coxsackie-Athens, and his early command issues gave Watervliet a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Hynes did his part with the bat too, when he blooped an RBI single into the outfield to score the Indians’ first run and cut the lead to 2-1.
Hynes made trouble for himself in the second inning as well, as he kept missing his spots over the catcher’s head. He dug deep though and with runners on second and third, Hynes struck out three straight Cannoneers to get out of the jam.
Ahead in the bottom of the third with two outs and Joshua Kiefer on second base, Patrick McManus doubled to deep center to tie the game 2-2. After advancing to third, McManus crossed the plate on a wild pitch to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Watervliet would retake the lead 4-3 and do enough collateral damage to knock Hynes out of the game. Brady Penet relieved Dillon Hynes and induced a groundout to end the frame on his second pitch.
Sam Mozzillo laced a double to center field to open the bottom of the fourth, and Michael O’Connor reached first on a bunt. Mozzillo scored on a wild pitch to tie the game 4-4, but Coxsackie-Athens was not done. Thanks to a single by Andrew Sager, a safety squeeze by Sean Scott, and an infield hit by McManus, the Indians now had a 7-4 lead.
Unfortunately for Coxsackie-Athens, Watervliet put seven runs on the board in the fifth, and four runs in the sixth, swinging the momentum back in their favor with the score now 15-7. McManus knocked in another run for the Indians in the bottom half of the inning, but they still had a lot of work to do in the seventh, down 15-8.
With Andrew Sager on the mound, the Cannoneers were retired in order at long last, and the Indians had one last chance. In the bottom of the seventh, Sager grounded out to get a run across the plate to make it 15-9.
O’Connor scored on a passed ball during the next at-bat to cut the lead to 15-10, but then Kiefer struck out looking for the second out. Scott scored still another run for Coxsackie-Athens with a base hit past first base to make the score 15-11.
McManus stepped up to the plate and ripped a double down the first base line but the coach held up the base runner at third for a split-second too long, sent him to the plate, and Watervliet threw him out at home for the final out of the game and to win their first game of the season.