The Whitesboro Warriors and Oneida Indians opened Tri-Valley League baseball play today in Whitesboro. MJ Hajec took the hill for the home club and Nate Mallinder got the nod for the Indians. This was a big early season test for two solid programs looking to make some noise in 2010. When the dust setteled the visitors had a happy ride home and a 6-5 win.
Oneida got on the board quickly in the top half of the first when Mallinder opened the game with a leadoff double to right field. Mallinder moved to third when teammate Evan Watson bunted for a single.
Watson alertly scampered to second base when Whitesboro's infielders were covering the corners for the bunt, leaving second base exposed.
After a ground ball out by Brian Chevier, Oneida's Andrew Hornyak hit a chopper to third which seemed to handcuff Whitesboro's Vin Barbato, allowing Mallinder to score.
Barbato recovered and threw Hornyak out at first but the Indians scored their second run on the play when Whitesboro first baseman Ryan Watson overthew third base trying to get Evan Watson, who took off for third on Barbato's throw to first. Hajec struck out Mitch Dubois to end the top of the first.
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