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2017-06-14 / Sports

Eagles’ Baseball Season Ends in Sixth Inning of Semifinal

By Tom Coddington


LAMENTING A LOSS — Deposit/Hancock teammates Luke Resti and Matt Bennett react to their team’s 5-2 loss to Fort Ann of Section II in Friday’s state Class D semifinal game at Binghamton’s Conlon Field. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter LAMENTING A LOSS — Deposit/Hancock teammates Luke Resti and Matt Bennett react to their team’s 5-2 loss to Fort Ann of Section II in Friday’s state Class D semifinal game at Binghamton’s Conlon Field. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter BINGHAMTON — The Deposit/ Hancock Eagles had a brief lead in their state Class D semifinal game on Friday at Conlon Field, but it did not last long. The Fort Ann Cardinals, and in particular Tyler Mattison, had other ideas.

Mattison, who excelled on the mound, striking out 12 Eagles and walking just one, baffled the D/H batters who had not previously met up with pitches reaching 90 miles per hour. He also was the main force on the offense, opening the scoring by leading off the second inning with a double and later scoring, and in the sixth inning, he cleared the bases with a triple.

Fort Ann nearly scored in the first inning, after Mattison had struck out the side in the top half. Jon Allen singled and Garrett Bailey reached on an error, but Allen tried to score on a short passed ball and was tagged out. After Mattison’s double in the second, Jeremy Johnson grounded out with Mattison going to third, and he scored on an infield single by Brendan Wright.


HE’S OUT! — The umpire signals that Deposit/Hancock’s Joe Gross is out, as Fort Ann pitcher Tyler Mattison applies the tag at the plate in the third inning of Friday’s state Class D semifinal game. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter HE’S OUT! — The umpire signals that Deposit/Hancock’s Joe Gross is out, as Fort Ann pitcher Tyler Mattison applies the tag at the plate in the third inning of Friday’s state Class D semifinal game. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter D/H evened the score in the third inning, when Zack Felter singled, and Joe Gross followed with a booming triple. Gross tried to score on a short passed ball to end the inning. The Cardinals loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth on a Bailey single, a walk and an error, but Eagle pitcher Dustin Dailey induced an infield grounder to end the Fort Ann hopes, for the time being.


FINAL POP-UP — Deposit/Hancock’s Luke Resti looks up to watch his pop-up that ended the Eagles’ season, as they lost the state Class D semifinal by a score of 5-2 to Fort Ann of Section II on Friday. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter FINAL POP-UP — Deposit/Hancock’s Luke Resti looks up to watch his pop-up that ended the Eagles’ season, as they lost the state Class D semifinal by a score of 5-2 to Fort Ann of Section II on Friday. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter The 1-1 tie was broken in the top of the sixth, as Felter walked with one out and went to second on a wild pitch and with two outs, Lane Bass singled to bring Felter home. In the bottom of the inning, Allen and Bailey both walked and Johnson loaded the bases, bringing up Mattison, who drove the ball into the right-center field gap, scoring all three of his teammates. Relief pitcher Darren Shaver struck out Luke Loso, but Wright came back with a squeeze bunt that scored Mattison.

In the top of the seventh, Mattison shut down the Eagles’ hopes with a strikeout, a groundout and a flyout. He wound up allowing three hits, two by Bass and the other by Gross.

D/H Head Coach Brandon Olbrys remarked of the Cardinal pitcher, who will play next year at Bryant College, “I was impressed. He had an A+ fast ball, and was throwing a hard slider for strikes throughout the game. You don’t see 90-mph fastballs in the high school level very often, especially at our level. The fact that he had good control and an off-speed pitch to accompany a firm fastball was tough.”


RUNNING HOME — Deposit- Hancock’s Zack Felter races to the plate to score a sixth inning run that gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead. Felter scored both of his team’s runs, as Fort Ann scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to win, 5-2, in Friday’s state Class D semifinal. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter RUNNING HOME — Deposit- Hancock’s Zack Felter races to the plate to score a sixth inning run that gave the Eagles a 2-1 lead. Felter scored both of his team’s runs, as Fort Ann scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to win, 5-2, in Friday’s state Class D semifinal. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter He also pointed out that Mattison’s 12 strikeouts were the most by any pitcher that the Eagles encountered during the season. The newly-merged team, who were top-ranked in Class D for most of the season, finished with a 22-2 record.


DELIVERING A PITCH — For the first five innings of Friday’s state Class D semifinal game, Deposit/ Hancock pitcher Dustin Dailey did well against Section II foe Fort Ann. The Cardinals rallied in the sixth inning and defeated the Eagles, 5-2. 
Benjamin Patton/The Reporter DELIVERING A PITCH — For the first five innings of Friday’s state Class D semifinal game, Deposit/ Hancock pitcher Dustin Dailey did well against Section II foe Fort Ann. The Cardinals rallied in the sixth inning and defeated the Eagles, 5-2. Benjamin Patton/The Reporter Olbrys said that he was pleased with his team’s efforts during the season. He stated, “You cannot ask for a better group of people to coach than the kids we had on this team. I am sad that we will not get to spend time with each other every day like these past couple of months, but I understand that our seniors will be moving on to better things. I am very proud of my team.”

He also pointed out that five of those seniors will be pursuing college baseball aspirations — Dailey at Mansfield University, Seth Simmons at Clark Summit University, Gross at Houghton College, and Felter and Jarrett Horton at SUNY Broome.

On Saturday at SUNY Binghamton, Section II champion Fort Ann, earned its first state title since 2014 on a “walkoff” play in the seventh inning against North Collins of Section VI, after trailing for most of the game.

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