February 25, 2014
Senior softball: Contri, Signor help Cyclones take 2nd
LAKELAND, Fla. — Cortland’s Gary Contri and Gene Signor helped the Syracuse Cyclones capture second place at the 2014 Senior Softball USA Tournament of Champions held Feb.7-9 in Lakeland, Fla.
Contri played outfield while Signor was an infielder for the Cyclones.
With a first place finish in major tournament play during the 2013 softball tournament season, the Cyclones qualified for play in the AA Tournament of Champions. This tournament pits the best of the best on the senior softball diamonds.
Only teams that were champions at a SSUSA sanctioned tournament during 2013 are invited to compete.
After gaining a second seed in round robin play that included their best wins, a 5-3 victory over TNT of Las Vegas, 2013 SSUSA World Champions, and a 11-10 win over 2013 East champions Vacar Stars of Virginia, the Cyclones went on to defeat TNT in the first game of the double elimination bracket by a score of 19-16.
In the semi-finals, the Cyclones, once again, faced TNT and eliminated them from tourney play with a 15-8 victory.
Advancing to the championship, the Cyclones were handed its first loss in bracket play losing to Cozy Grill, a strong Providence, Rhode Island team, 16-8. The Cyclones clawed their way back in the finals eking out an 8-7 victory in game two to force a championship game. Cozy Grill slugged their way in the championship taking the crown, 16-8. Finishing in third place was TNT of Las Vegas.
The Syracuse Cyclones players who played in addition to Contri and Signor were player/manager Sal Scrano, Cazenovia; Rocky Labosette, Clay; Mel Rathburn, Mulberry, Florida; Doc Ohler, Berlin, Pennsylvania; Vern Wagar, Baldwinsville; Mike Richmond, Ithaca; Mark Montoney, Cicero; Andy Endsley, Poughkeepsie; Ken Moses; Johnson City; Tony Galeazzi, Baldwinsville; Bob Wood, Hopewell Junction; and Yogi Bernard, Clifton Park.
Manager Sal Scrano led his charges to a highly successful 2013-14 tournament season. The Cyclones participated in eight tournaments that started with the Spring Classic in Dover, Delaware followed by the Atlantic Coast Championship in Loudon County, Virginia; Wilkes Barre Diamond Classic; Eastern National AA Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina; Rochester Invitational; Syracuse Northeast Championship; SSUSA World Masters Championship, Las Vegas, and ended with the Tournament of Champions in Lakeland, Fla.
The Cyclones were crowned 2013 SSUSA AA National Champions, captured two first place finishes, the Eastern National AA Championship in Raleigh, N.C. and the Northeast AA Championship in Syracuse, were runner up in the Wilkes Barre Diamond Classic, and finished second in the AA Tournament of Champions.
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