April 12, 2007


Purple Lions outlast Olympians in extra innings


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dryden High catcher Wayne Dougherty blocks home plate, preventing Marathon Central’s Aubrey Brown from scoring in the bottom of the third inning of Wednesday’s IAC baseball game. Visiting Dryden pulled out 5-2 victory in 10 innings.

MARATHON — Herschell Emerson and Devin Cross each delivered two-run doubles in the top of the 10th inning to lift Dryden High boys to a 5-2 Interscholastic Athletic Conference crossover baseball victory at Marathon Central Wednesday.
Dryden notched its first win of the season to improve to 1-1 in IAC play and 1-2 overall while Marathon slips to 1-1 in IAC and overall play.
“Hopefully this win will provide momentum for us,” said Dryden coach Kim Brown. “We could have given up several times, but the guys refused to. They showed lots of heart, desire, and character in_this win.” 
In other IAC baseball action, Lansing pounded Newark Valley 17-4, Trumansburg trounced Union Springs 21-5, Candor clipped Moravia 6-2, Newfield stopped Southern Cayuga 8-2 and Watkins Glen tripped Tioga 11-6.
In IAC softball action, Groton downed Odessa-Montour 4-2 in 8 innings, Trumansburg edged Union Springs 1-0, Newark Valley nipped Lansing 11-9, Moravia clipped Candor 4-3, Elmira Notre Dame shutout Spencer-Van Etten 6-0 and Southern Cayuga slammed Newfield 12-0.
Dryden 5, Marathon 2, 10 innings: “We really played well,” said Marathon coach Dick Barry. “We held Dryden to three hits until the 10th inning. We had a couple of chances to win the game, but did not get the runner home.”
Dryden took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Spencer Hoyt (3-for-5, 2 doubles) ripped a triple and he would score on a sacrifice fly by Emerson (2-for-4, 3 RBIs).
Marathon evened the score in the bottom of the fourth. Brett McGowan singled and worked his way into scoring position. McGowan would score on an RBI single by Ben McDonald.
The Olympians had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Aubrey Brown doubled and later advanced to third base. Brown was stranded there as the Purple Lions recorded the third out and the game moved into extra innings. In all, Marathon left 12 runners on base in the contest.
In the 10th, Tim Finnerty led off with a single and Hoyt doubled to put runners at second and third. Emerson stepped to the plate and doubled home both runners to give the Purple Lions a 3-1 lead. Wayne Dougherty singled and moved to second base on defensive indifference. Dougherty and Emerson scored on the two-run double by Cross.
The Olympians got one run back in the bottom of the 10th. Dave Bleck singled and Dan Bleck followed with a base hit as well. Dave Bleck moved to third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch. Dougherty settled down and got the final outs to earn the victory while Ortiz was saddled with the loss.
McDonald was 2-for-3 for the Olympians while Root and Brown each went 2-for-4.
It was a pitching duel much of the game. Hoyt worked seven solid innings with five strikeouts before switching places with batterymate Dougherty.
Dan Bleck worked the first three innings for Marathon before brother David Bleck came on in the fourth. Each Bleck struck out five Purple Lion batters. Ortiz came on in the ninth inning and Brown finished the final inning on the mound for the Olympians.
Marathon is scheduled to travel to Elmira Heights Edison this afternoon for a 4:30 p.m. crossover contest before hosting Lansing Friday in a Division III game at 4:30 p.m.
Dryden will return to IAC Division I action Friday as the Purple Lions host Newark Valley at 4:30 p.m.
Groton 4, Odessa-Montour 2, 8 innings: Lisa Slocum allowed just one hit and struck out 13 Odessa-Montour batters to help Groton Central post a 4-2 IAC crossover road win.
“There were a lot of positives to take from this win,” said Groton coach John D’Antonio. “It was a good win to win a close game. It was very exciting for the girls.”
“Lisa pitched a great game,” D’Antonio continued. “Alyssa Burkgren had a solid game at first base and delivered a big hit in the eighth.”
Groton (1-1 IAC and overall) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but O-M evened the score in the fourth. Neither team scored again until the eighth.
Val Senter led off with a single for Groton. Senter then stole second and third base before scoring on a fielder’s choice by Beth Jackson. Slocum singled and Kelly Rongo drew a walk. Both runners moved up one base on a wild pitch by O-M hurler Sherry Granderson. Another wild pitch allowed Slocum to score and Rongo moved to third base. Burkgren closed out the Groton scoring with an RBI single to plate Rongo as the Indians led 4-1.
Odessa-Montour scored once in the bottom of the eighth, but Slocum and her teammates closed the door and secured the win.
Groton will return to action Monday as Lansing comes tot town for a 4:30 p.m. Division III contest.



Dragons find 13th unlucky

SUNY Cortland suffered just its third loss of this baseball season, and it took Keystone College 13 innings to achieve that accomplishment on Wednesday.
Freshman Donald Reese singled in two runs in the top of the 13th inning as visiting Keystone defeated the nationally fourth-ranked Red Dragons 8-6 in a non-league game at Wallace Field.
The loss — the longest game played by a Cortland squad since a n 11-4 win over Concordia College during a Florida spring trip in 2004 — leaves the Red Dragons 20-3 on the season.
Cortland trailed 6-4 entering the bottom of the ninth but tied the game on solo homers by junior John Giametta Jr. to deep left field and sophomore Paul Merriweather to just left of straightaway center.
Merriweather’s blast came on a full count with two outs after facing a 1-2 count earlier in the at-bat.
Brett Repard earned the win for the Giants (17-4) from Pennsylvania after allowing only one hit and three walks in four scoreless innings of relief.
Yadiel Lanzo pitched the first nine innings for Keystone. He struck out 10, walked none and allowed 11 hits and six runs, three earned. He limited the Red Dragons to one run over the first seven innings before being touched for five runs over his final two frames.
Jon Rockfeld started for Cortland and allowed four hits and five runs in three innings. He struck out two and walked three. Senior Jason Hauck, Cortland’s second reliever, pitched 7-1/3 innings and gave up only one run. He surrendered six hits and two walks and struck out nine batters.
Nick Baker was tagged with the loss after giving up three hits and two runs over 1-2/3 innings.




Finch provides perfect ending

OSWEGO — A five-inning perfect game no-hitter thrown by freshman pitched Katie Finch finished off a doubleheader softball sweep by SUNY Cortland on Wednesday.
The Red Dragons opened up SUNY Athletic Conference play by beating the Lakers 7-1 in the opening game before Finch held the hosts hit-less in an 8-0 second game whitewash called after five innings by the eight-run mercy rule.
Finch struck out six while retiring all 15 batters she faced. That performance came after senior Ang D’Ambroise tossed a four-hitter in the opening game featuring 13 strikeouts, though the Lakers did push across a seventh inning run.
Oswego is 0-2 in conference play and 3-8 overall after being swept.
Cortland 7, Oswego 1: Cortland collected a dozen hits in the opener, with second baseman Stefanie Cola going 3-for-4.
Things were scoreless until the top of the fourth inning when the Red Dragons crossed the plate four times. A walk, an error and a Cola base hit brought home the first run. A bunt single by Annemarie Nelson scored another Red Dragon before Jamie Neuner delivered a two-run single.
Three more runs in the seventh broke things open, started by doubles by Shara Evanter and Amanda Barnett. After a Cola single moved Barnett to third, with the second baseman moving up to second, pinch hitter Jackie Begnoche came through with a two-run single.
Tina Milani and Kate Yaun had two-hit games for the Red Dragons. Jessica Mills spoiled the shutout bid by D’Ambroise with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh.
Cortland 8, Oswego 0, 5 innings: The nightcap was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when the Red Dragons went ahead 3-0. With one out, a Nelson double and Barnett single started that rally. Two ground balls and an error would account for the three runs.
A five-run outburst in the fifth finished the game, capped by Yaun’s bases loaded triple to right-center.
Nelson and Barnett had two-hit success in the victory, Cortland with nine hits overall.