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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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Watertown Rapids host ‘Watertown Daily Times Night’

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WATERTOWN — Sunshine, hot dogs and baseball were on the menu at Toyota Field at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds Thursday night as the Rapids took on the Capital City Reds in an exhibition game.

Thursday night was “Watertown Daily Times Night” at the Rapids game, which provided free game tickets to people who purchased Thursday’s newspaper.

Leon and Margie VanWie found the coupon in their Thursday paper.

Ms. VanWie said that they have hosted Rapids players in the past. Community hosts give out-of-area players a place to live during the season. She said they became hosts because they like baseball and one of their friends was an owner at the time.

Mr. VanWie said that back when they hosted the players, they went to every game.

“When we were hosting we would come to every single game, the entire summer,” he said. “We hosted for five, six years, maybe more than that.”

Mr. VanWie said he hopes to take his granddaughters to a game when they visit in a couple of weeks.

“I guess the newspaper coupon was a good reminder,” he said.

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