Collegiate baseball: Watertown Rapids split doubleheader in Oneonta, end nine-game slide

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Jax Miller supplied three hits and scored a pair of runs late as the Watertown Rapids rallied for three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to defeat the Oneonta Outlaws 6-5 Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader and snap a nine-game losing streak.

Oneonta rallied in the second game, rolling to a 12-1 victory.

The Rapids (9-21) trailed by a run in the first game after Oneonta scored in the bottom of the fifth. But Miller led off the sixth against Oneonta reliever Ryan Packard with a base hit. Nick Mazzotta followed with a walk and Bryce Phelps singled as Miller scored the tying run on the throw. Quinten Perilli then singled to score Mazzotta and put Watertown ahead 5-4.

The Rapids scored again in the top of the seventh when Miller singled with two outs in the inning. Miller than stole second and third. Mazzotta walked and then stole second base with Miller scoring on the throw to second to give Watertown a 6-4 lead.

The run proved key as Oneonta scored in the bottom of the inning on a double by Brody Raleigh, a single by Dakota Britt and an RBI groundout by Logan Haskell.

Watertown’s Ryan Peters pitched the victory in a complete-game performance. He allowed nine hits, struck out four and walked two against Oneonta.

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