SYRACUSE – The Oneida Indians didn’t panic after falling behind 2-0 early in Monday’s Class B Final against Adirondack.
The Indians, who have lost in the finals the past three seasons, weren’t about to make it four as they plated five runs in the third and four more in the fourth en route to a 9-2 victory at Carrier Park.
Emily Marshall, Olivia Friend and Shlotzhauer each had two hits for the Indians (22-1), while Shlotzhauer earned the victory in the circle, scattering six hits and striking out three.
Oneida, ranked No. 2 in the state, won back-to-back titles in 2014-15 and now have five championships since 2009.
With the victory, the Indians advance to play Section 4 champ Waverly (ranked No. 5) in a state quarterfinal 5:30 Friday back at Carrier Park. The winner of that advances to the New York State Final Four (June 15) at Moreau Recreation Park in Fort Edward.
Adirondack, ranked No. 11 in state, closes out its season 17-4. The Wildcats struck first in the top of the first as Emma Hennessey roped a leadoff double off Shlotzhauer and came around to score on a groundout. Kennedy Case then singled and later scored on Erica Sanford’s infield hit to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead.
Shlotzhauer and Oneida’s defense didn’t allow anything else and the offense got going with a two-out rally in the third.
The first run came as Emily Marshall plated Lauren Skibitski with an RBI double. The Indians kept it going on RBI singles by Olivia Friend and Shlotzhauer to make it 3-0. Oneida then rounded out the inning as an error led to the fourth run before Adriana Chapa plated the fifth run with an RBI single.
Up 5-2, Oneida tacked on four more in the fourth as Sydney Lusher and Marshall singled to set up RBI hits by Friend and Shlotzhauer that made it 7-2. An error scored two more runs and Oneida had the final margin.
The Wildcats were led by Case’s two hits.
CLASS C FINAL: PULASKI 19, ORISKANY 9
Fourth-seeded Pulaski scored in every inning to pull away from second-seeded Oriskany 19-9 at Carrier Park.
Pulaski (14-4), ranked 12th in the state plays Section 4 champ Elmira Heights Edison in a state quarterfinal 4:30 Friday at Union-Endicott High School. The winner of that advances to the New York State Final Four (June 15) at Moreau Recreation Park in Fort Edward.
Oriskany (18-2), ranked No. 9 in state, rallied from a 10-2 deficit to close within four runs through three innings, but couldn’t hold off Pulaski’s offensive onslaught as the Redskins committed seven errors.
“We scored nine runs, had 14 hits, including five doubles, and lost,” Oriskany head coach Mike Reilly said. “The wheels fell off defensively. We gave them too many extra outs.”
Matteson Hoehn had three hits with two doubles for the Redskins. Aeron Hamm also had three hits, while Sofia Tagliaferri and Maddelyn Hoehn had two for the Center State Conference Division 3 champs.
CLASS D FINAL: LAFARGEVILLE 8, HAMILTON 3
LaFargeville got three hits and three RBIs from Isabella Soluri, while Sarah Johnson (2 hits) and Kamryn Barnes (3 runs and 4 steals) helped their team claim the Class D title with an 8-3 win over Hamilton at Carrier Park.
Johnson earned the win on the mound for LaFargeville (19-0 ) and ranked third in the state. Hamilton’s Emily McCann and Madison Rodriguez each had a hit and run scored as the Emerald Knights close out the season 16-4.