December 1, 2021

NYCBL playoffs: Olean repeats as champs

OLEAN — It has been a history-making season for the Olean Oilers.

After winning the Western Division regular season crown with a league record 39 wins, the Oilers repeated as New York Collegiate Baseball League Champions with a sweep of the Eastern Division playoff champion Syracuse Junior Chiefs Sunday night in Bradner Stadium.

Olean is the first NYCBL team to win back-to-back championships since the Amsterdam Mohawks in 2009 and 2010.

Olean (43-7) scored 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit and defeated the the Junior Chiefs (29-22) 13-6 Sunday to complete the sweep in the best-of-three championship series. The Oilers had opened the series with an 8-6 win Saturday at Onondaga Commuity College in Syracuse.

Olean swept the Hornell Dodgers in the Western Division championship while Syracuse took two straight from the Cortland Crush (29-19) in the Eastern Division.

NYCBL Playoff MVP Cole Peterson led the Olean offense with a 2-for-4 bat Sunday with a double, two runs scored and one RBI. Peterson was 4-for-5 and drove in two teammates in Saturday’s win in Syracuse.

Olean 13, Syracuse 6: Syracuse took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning on a two-run homer by Anthony Seminaris and the Junior Chiefs looked to be in control as Jimmy Skiff was pitching well, but that all changed in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Olean sent 15 batters to the plate with 11 of them scoring while Syracuse used four additional pitchers after Skiff was removed with two outs after a walk to Dave Vaccaro. The Oilers took advantage of six hits and five errors to plate the runs needed to secure the victory.

Vaccaro was the Offensive MVP after going 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. He was 4-for-7 over the two nights with two doubles, a triple, three runs scored and two RBIs.

David “Bubba” Hollins was the Defensive MVP with six assists and one putout at third base.

Evan Ryan added a 2-for-3 effort in the clinching game. Adam Rigney went six innings to earn the win for Olean. Nolan Hunt worked the seventh inning and Shawn Dubin pitched the final two innings.

Nate Roy went 3-for-4 with a double to lead the Syracuse 12-hit attack.

Olean 8, Syracuse 6: Olean enjoyed a 2-1 lead through five innings in the series opener Saturday before the Oilers scored six runs in the top of the sixth inning to build an 8-1 advantage. Mark Koloszvary delivered a two-run triple that proved to be the game-winning hit for Olean.

Peterson and Vaccaro (2-for-4) were the only multiple hitters for the Oilers.

The Junior Chiefs answered with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Roy and Joe DeLuca (2-for-4) each had RBI triples during the rally as Aaron Bizzle left the game with two outs, but still earned the win.

Nathan Grant came on in relief before Eddie Demurias shut the door for the save.