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VVS, Oneida baseball continue fight for first

Another week meant yet another switch in the fortunes of the Vernon Verona Sherrill and Oneida baseball teams in advance of Monday's rematch of the Red Devils' 30-11 win back on April 29.

VVS would go 2-1 for the week, starting on a tear but slowing up at the end. The Red Devils put everything together in last Monday's 15-1 romp at Camden, scoring in five of the first six innings, including a four-run second and six runs in the top of the fifth.

The Red Devils accumulated 16 hits, with Kevin Sayles and Tyler Mautner each going three-for-four. Mitch Iseneker, who pitched 5 2/3 innings and got the win, put together a four-RBI effort that included a triple and double.

Staying hot 24 hours later, VVS smashed Clinton 8-1, getting a superb pitching effort from Jason Dalton as he gave up six hits, but only a single run in the sixth.

By that point, the Red Devils had a comfortable lead, thanks to two runs in the third and fifth innings, plus a three-run outburst in the sixth. Mautner went deep for a home run, adding two singles and finishing with three RBIs. Iseneker doubled and tripled, scoring twice, while Collin Laguzza drove in two runs and Kevin Sayles also got a pair of hits.

If the Red Devils could beat Utica-Notre Dame Thursday, it would regain a tie for first in the Tri-Valley West -- but the Jugglers nipped them 3-2 at the end.

From the start, VVS squandered chances, loading the bases in the first inning without bringing a run home and only managing single tallies in the second and fifth innings. The Red Devils finished with seven hits, two each from Sayles and Jamie Cielinski.

With Jesse Whitmeyer pitching well, though (both runs he gave up were unearned), the Red Devils were still tied, 2-2, going to the bottom of the seventh, but could not force extra frames. Mike Gaglianese tripled, then raced home with the winning run on a bad VVS throw.

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