Hamil­ton boys take on Mor­risville-Ea­ton

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By John Brewer jbrewer@onei­dadis­patch.com @dis­patch­brewer on Twit­ter

Ri­vals Hamil­ton and Mor­risvile-Ea­ton used a break in the rain to play their sea­son opener on Fri­day.

Cen­ter State Con­fer­ence four ri­vals Hamil­ton and Mor­risville-Ea­ton met up Fri­day, April 13where the Hamil­ton Emer­ald Knights were able to put to­gether two-out hits to se­cure their vic­tory over M-E.

HAMIL­TON, N.Y. » Hamil­ton hosted a fa­mil­iar op­po­nent in CSC-IV ri­val Mor­risvilleEa­ton on Fri­day as the two teams used the brief respite from rain to play their sea­son-opener.

The Emer­ald Knights took ad­van­tage of some timely two-out hit­ting and a solid per­for­mance fromSam Camp­bell on the mound to put away M-E by a score of 8-1.

Camp­bell tossed four-anda-third in­nings, al­low­ing one run and strik­ing out 8.

“Mor­risville did a great job. They fouled a bunch of pitches off; that’s what got his pitch count up,” LePage said. “Other than that, he threw strikes. He did what he nor­mally does.”

Grif­fin Rose had strong night at the plate for Joe LePage’s side, go­ing 3-of-4 and­driving­i­na­pair of runs. John Grif­fith added a pair of hits and two RBI for Hamil­ton in the vic­tory.

Mor­risville-Ea­ton starter Cameron Clark took the loss for coach Bo­gacz’s Warriors.

Hamil­ton took a 2-0 lead in the bot­tom of the first when lead­off man Ryan Hunt opened the con­test with a sin­gle be­fore tak­ing ad­van­tage of two passed balls to score the hosts’ first run. With two outs in the bot­tom of the first, Grif­fin Rose plated Trevor Dow be­fore Clark struck out Ja­cob Hill to end the in­ning.

Af­ter a score­less second, M-Ecen­ter field­erAlex Featherly sin­gled off of Camp­bell, ad­vanced to second on a passed ball, and scored on a Ja­cob Bo­gacz sin­gle to trim the Hamil­ton by one. Camp­bell buck­led down to re­tire Clark, the War­rior’s cleanup hit­ter, on a hit back to the mound and No. 5 bat­ter An­drew Parkhurst to get out of the in­ning.

Hamil­ton tacked on an­other in the bot­tom of the third cour­tesy a two-out Trevor Dow triple. Dow took home on an en­su­ing passed ball to put the Emer­ald Knights up 3-1. Rose fol­lowed with a dou­ble and Jake Hill took one for the team, reach­ing on a hit-byp­itch. Hamil­ton third base­man John Grif­fith gave the Emer­ald Knights even more breath­ing room in the next at bat, bloop­ing a sin­gle be- tween the M-E de­fense to score Rose and Hill for a 5-1 ad­van­tage.

“Two-out hits are what you live and die by. Guys get in scor­ing po­si­tion and RBI. We just have a bunch of guys that want to be in that po­si­tion, and it paid off to­day,” LePage said.

Camp­bell re­tired Ma­son Warner to open the top of the fifth, but af­ter back-to­back sin­gles from Clark and Bo­gacz, LePage opted to bring in Sean Hunt who re­tired Parkhurst and Dakota Merkle to strand the M-E run­ners and es­cape the in­ning.

Hamil­ton added a pair of runs in the fifth and an­other in the sixth to grow its lead, butHunt re­tired the six War­rior bat­ters in or­der to close it out 8-1.

“We can­take­awaythe im­por­tance of­mak­ing the plays weare sup­posed tomake­out in the field. Ba­si­cally, four plays that we should have made cost of us five runs. Hamil­ton cap­i­tal­ized on it, and it would have kind of changed the dy­namic of the ball game a lit­tle bit,” coach Bo­gacz said.

“I think we have a lot of good things go­ing for us. We have five se­niors, some ex­pe­ri­ence, the best pitch­ing staff we have had in a long time, and bats, even though we didn’t show it tonight,” the M-E coach con­tin­ued. “I thinkwe have a lot of pos­i­tive things to look for­ward to.”

JOHN BREWER - ONEIDA DAILY DIS­PATCH

Hamil­ton starter Sam Camp­bell deals a pitch dur­ing Fri­day’s home win against Mor­risville-Ea­ton.

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