April 8, 2010


Purple Tigers get by Falcons

Hits and runs were at a premium at Beaudry Park Wednesday afternoon as the Cortland High baseball team hosted OHSL Freedom Division foe Fowler.
Luckily for the Purple Tigers, they got more of each and were opportunistic offensively in scoring a 4-3 win.
“Justin Burns and Alex Stacy both pitched well and we had a solid game defensively, which was what we needed because we’re not swinging the bats very well right now,” CHS coach John Tobin said, his team playing errorless ball and improving to 1-1 in the league and overall. Senior Burns started for the Purple Tigers, with junior Stacy working in relief.
“Fowler is better than they have been recently. Their coach, Jason Rutkey, works hard and does a good job with them,” added Coach Tobin of the Syracuse squad. “Their pitchers, Kelvin Amparo and Tommie Spinner, both threw well. Both are juniors and third-year varsity players. Their catcher, Yenser Perez, is also a junior has been on the varsity since eighth grade.”
Burns picked up the win, allowing three hits and three runs, two earned, in 5 2-3 innings with seven strikeouts. Stacy got the save, retiring all four batters, three via strikeout. Amparo gave up four hits and all four CHS runs, only one of them earned, with seven strikeouts in five innings of work, while Spinner struck out all three batters he faced in his one-inning stint.
Fowler (0-2 league and overall) plated the game’s first run in the top of the third. Sophomore leftfielder Luis Rivera led off with the Falcons’ first hit of the contest, went to second on a wild pitch and third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior second baseman Tim Wallace. Cortland equalized in the bottom of the same frame as sophomore second baseman Devon Darrow walked, stole second, went to third on a flyout and scored on a wild pitch.
The hosts took the lead for good in the fourth as senior first baseman Brandon Watkins singled to left and senior centerfielder Jake Robillard doubled to right-center, Watkins then coming home on a passed ball as Amparo fanned the next three batters in order to end the frame.
Cortland added to its lead with two runs in the fifth. Senior shortstop Tony Whitt beat out an infield single, continued to second on a throwing error and took third as senior leftfielder Matt Carr flied out deep to center. Stacy, who tripled in his only official plate appearnece in the contest, was then intentionally walked and promptly stole second before Burns brought Whitt home with a sacrifice fly to left and Stacy scored on an infield error.
Spinner singled with two outs in the Fowler sixth and Amparo walked before Perez drove both home with a triple to right-center to make it 4-3. Stacy then came on in relief and fanned the next batter to end the inning before setting the Falcons down in order in the seventh (strikeout, groundout, strikeout) to earn the save.
CORTLAND JVs swamped visiting Fowler 20-0 as freshman Justin Sidebottom threw a perfect game with eight strikeouts in the four-inning mercy-rule contest at Guido Field.
The Falcons managed to get just one ball out of the infield in the contest. Dylan Stafford had three hits to pace the Purple Tigers’ offense, while Sidebottom, Conner Griffin, Kody Cranston and Vinnie Bellardini had two hits each for the winners, now 2-1 on the season.
Both Cortland teams visit Fulton on Friday.