There's still hope.
Mike Calkins homered Friday to help Oneonta Post 259 even its record in the Broome County Hall of Fame Classic with a 15-3 Legion baseball victory over Utica Adrean at Conlon Field in Binghamton.
The game eliminated Adrean from contention for a spot in Sunday's semifinal round as Utica fell to 0-4 in Division I pool play.
The Green Wave moved to 2-2 with their mercy-rule triumph in five innings, giving them a chance to finish in the top two of its six-team division. Oneonta coach Mike Jester said Binghamton Post 1645, Shrub Oak, Hamilton (N.J.) and Severna Park (Md.) all entered the third day of pool play Friday at 2-1.
"We'll have to see how things play out tonight," said Jester, whose team played at 9 a.m. Friday.
Post 259 opened the five-day tournament with an 11-0 loss to Hamilton on Wednesday. On Thursday, the Green Wave followed an 11-4 loss to Shrub Oak with a 5-3 victory over Severna Park.
Oneonta will meet tournament host Binghamton 1645 at 6 p.m. Saturday at Conlon Field in the final pool-play game.
Binghamton beat Hamilton (12-11) and Adrean (12-2) but lost to Severna Park (12-2).
The top two teams in divisions I and II will advance to the semifinals, which are set for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday at Conlon Field. The championship game will follow at 4 p.m. Sunday.
On Friday, lefty Calkins drove in two runs with his first home run of the Legion season. His shot to right field gave Oneonta a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, which ended with the Green Wave ahead, 7-0.
"He hammered it," Jester said of the ball hit by Calkins, whose third homer of the high school season went over the same fence during Oneonta High's 2-0 victory over Briarcliff in the Class B state championship game last month.
Calkins also singled and finished with four RBIs for Oneonta (16-7), which received three hits apiece from Ben Moxley (two RBIs) and David Wright (RBI). Winning pitcher Sean Getman (3-1) drove in three runs on two hits.
Ben Payton doubled twice and Ryne Rivino had two singles for the Green Wave, which scored seven runs in each of the first two innings and led, 15-0, after three.
Oneonta will host the Green Wave Wood Bat Tournament from July 13-15. Games for the eight-team, two-division tournament will be played at Damaschke Field, Oneonta High and Field 6 in Neahwa Park.
Oneonta 15, Utica Adrean 3
BROOME COUNTY HOF CLASSIC
at Conlon Field, Binghamton
Oneonta ..... 771 00 _ 15 18 1
Utica Adrean ..... 003 00 _ 3 5 1
Sean Getman (W,3-1), James Emilio (4) and Zach King, Matt Bitzer (5). Joe Flynt (L), Chris Nicotoro (1), Derrick Salvagnoli (2) and Matt Fitzgerald. 2B _ Zack Perri (U), Chris Nicotoro (U), Ben Moxley (O), Ben Payton (O) 2. HR _ Mike Calkins (O).
Calkins homers in 15-3 victory
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