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Oneida baseball splits; VVS gets close wins

Laguzza had pitched, too, until Tyler Mautner relieved him and breezed through the sixth. In the seventh, Jesse Whitmeyer, trying to close it out, loaded the bases with nobody out, only to strike out John Gums and Parker Smith and, with Jake Come's groundout, gave the Red Devils the win.

It proved even closer in Friday's game against Utica-Notre Dame, but once again VVS had the right formula and, with a late comeback, beat the Jugglers 3-2.

Jesse Whitmeyer did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and finished with 11 strikeouts. But the Red Devils only led 1-0

when UND finally got some hits in that fifth frame and tied it, then used another run in the sixth to move ahead 2-1.

Down to three outs, in the top of the seventh VVS saw Matt Silker, three-for-three on the game, draw a walk. After reaching second on a passed ball, Silker brought home the tying run on a pair of grounders, the last one a Juggler error.

Laguzza singled, and Whitmeyer himself stepped up and provide the go-ahead hit, his single scoring Mautner. Then, with that one-run margin, Whitmeyer put a runner on third base in the bottom of the seventh, but got Zack Kesterton to ground out to end it.

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