Nationals upset at Cooperstown Tourney
The No. 49 seed Buffalo Wings upset the No. 16 Niagara Nationals 7-5 Thursday in the elimination round of the Cooperstown Tournament.
The Wings struck for three quick runs in the top of the second on an error, a double and a home run. However, the Nationals answered right back in the home half of the frame on a two-run single by Michell Holtz to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Nationals finally pulled even at 5-5 by scoring three times in the third inning. Liam Ward ignited the rally with a single and came home on a double by Nate Sherman. Then following an error, Murphy drove in Sherman on a fielders choice play and Trevor Luthart followed up with an RBI single to knot the contest.
The Wings though regained the lead for good at 7-5 by scoring solo runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
The Nationals were unable to score the rest of the way as Joe Dell’oso was stranded in the fourth after a lead off single as were Luthart and Holtz in the sixth after banging out lead-off singles.
Goyette pitched four and one-third innings striking out three while Maverick O’Neill finished the fifth registering one strikeout and Luthart hurled a perfect sixth.
The Nationals had advanced to the elimination round by going 5-1 in the round-robin portion of the tournament.