Three local baseball teams were part of the field at Tuesday's Borgognoni Tournament at Canastota, where late rallies proved decisive in Chittenango's rise to the top spot.
In the opener, the Bears met Oneida and were inches from defeat before a dramatic comeback helped beat the Indians 6-5.
It went back and forth the entire game, Oneida leading 1-0 before Chittenango seized a 3-1 lead in the fifth. The Indians appeared to regain control with a three-run rally in the top of the seventh, putting the Bears behind 4-3.
Not done yet, Chittenango tied it with two runs in its half of the seventh, then won it in the eighth when a line drive went off the glove of Oneida's Cody Staple, allowing the decisive run to score.
Brendan Galek, Mike Moon, Erik Kurz and Steve Mesmer each drove in runs for the Bears as Galek and Devin Christopher notched triples. Six different players scored the six runs as Wes Burghardt won with a two-inning stint in relief of Moon.
Oneida lost despite Dylan VanDresar's three hits and Brian Chevier adding two hits. VanDresar also threw five innings and surrendered just two hits and four walks.
In the other part of the opening round, host Canastota met New York Mills, losing an 8-3 decision to the Marauders as Jeff Merrell took the defeat.
This put Mills into the finals, against Chittenango, and again the Bears waited until the late stages to make its big move as it toppled the Marauders 7-3 for the first-place trophy.
Up 3-0 through three innings, the Bears watched Mills used a three-run fifth inning off Jeff Pierce to tie it, 3-3. But Chittenango responded by scoring four times in the sixth to move ahead for good as Jasek recorded the final three outs.
Christopher set the pace, notching three hits and three runs scored. Galek finished with a pair of RBIs, while Burghardt scored twice as he, Jasek and Mike Messinger drove in one run apiece. Aaron Endres and Brad Phelps also scored.
Put into the consolation final, Canastota atoned in a big way, knocking of Oneida 9-3 as it used five runs in the first two innings to seize control.
Not only did Richard Mitchell pitch his way to the win, he doubled twice as newcomer Andrew Frost tripled. Alex Foster and An Sgarlata also had two-base hits.