February 9, 2016
Pitts will receive Extra Mile honor
The Cortland Crush will honor David Pitts as the 2016 recipient of its Extra Mile Award during the team’s third annual Hot Stove Event — now also known as Ice Crusher — on Feb. 27.
Pitts, a Cortland High graduate (2002) and a Cortland Youth Bureau employee, has worked for the city for eight years and has been a fixture at its parks in that time. He is in charge of the upkeep and maintenance of the two baseball fields and five softball fields they contain. Those duties also include assistance for the SUNY Cortland baseball and softball teams and run from April through September each year.
Pitts was a member of the varsity baseball and bowling teams at Cortland High, then attended Mohawk Valley College and Saginaw Valley State College. He helped MVCC to a third-place finish in the 2003-04 NJCAA national tournament, and has 20 perfect 300 games to his credit.
His varsity baseball coach at Cortland High, John Tobin, won the initial Extra Mile Award last year. It is intended to recognize those who selflessly and consistently contribute to their community, reliably doing more than most for the benefit of others. Pitts’ passion to consistently provide the best-prepared fields for the Cortland’s programs is well known throughout the many leagues that he serves.
Another feature of this year’s Ice Crusher will be the guest speaker, Blue Jays minor leaguer Nick Sinay, who will answer questions and sign autographs. A graduate of Marcellus High and the University of Buffalo, Sinay set single-season and career records for stolen bases (39 and 73, respectively) at the latter and led the team in a number of categories last spring.
Selected by Toronto in the 22nd round (662nd overall) of the 2015 draft, Sinay hit .227 for Bluefield in the Appalachian League with 20 hits, including four doubles and a home run, 13 runs scored and six stolen bases in his first profesional season.
The Ice Breaker will take place at the Cortland Ramada Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 27. Those wishing to purchase tickets in advance should contact Bill McConnell at 315-677-7201. Tickets will also be available at the Youth Bureau offices, 35 Port Watson St.
In addition to honoring Pitts and hearing from Sinay, the evening’s program will feature light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a review of the 2015 Crush season, projections for the year ahead, raffles and giveaways. The event is sponsored by the Cortland Business Development Agency and the Ramada Inn.
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