April 16, 2007


Trojans pick up pair of victories at tourney


Photo provided by Daniel DePerno
Homer Central hurler Ashley Brown delivers pitch during 13-2 win over Nottingham at the J-E Tourney Saturday, backed up by infielder Halee Riley.

ELBRIDGE — Homer Central girls returned to Jordan-Elbridge Saturday to compete in the Lady Eagles Softball Tournament and posted a pair of victories.
Since the Trojans and their host played just a couple of days earlier, both coaches had agreed to scrap the usual tournament format and not play each other again.
Homer took full advantage, posting wins over two OHSL Colonial Division opponents. The Trojans came from behind to defeat Corcoran 5-4 with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first contest and then pummeled Nottingham in their second game by a 13-2 count.
“It was nice to get two wins,” said Homer coach Cris Colasurdo, Homer improving to 2-2 on the season. “We were not ready mentally in the first game, but we came back and won the game.
“Nottingham came out very aggressive in the second game, but we held them scoreless until the sixth inning,” Colasurdo continued. “While we were not as sharp as we should have been, we did well overall.”
Homer 5, Corcoran 4: Homer played without power hitter Stephanie Hartquist and classmate Vickie Smith in this first game as the junior catching duo were taking their ACTs in the morning. Jenae Griffith and Katie Wick took up the slack as each went 3-for-4.
The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Halee Riley belted an RBI single that plated Danielle Swarm.
Homer added two more runs in the third. Ashley Brown drew a lead-off walk. Brown stole second and was sacrificed to third by Lindsay Richards. Griffith then singled score Brown and, after she stole second, Wick smacked a single that allowed Griffith to cross the plate.
Corcoran battled back. Brittney Massie (2-for-4) hit a solo home run in the top of the fourth and the Cougars plated another run in the fifth to pull to within 3-2. Corcoran took the lead with two runs in the sixth.
Trailing 4-3, Homer rallied in the seventh. Courtney Rainbow reached first base on an error to lead things off. Richards bunted was both she and Rainbow wound up safe. With one out, Phelps tied the game with a double that scored Rainbow and put runners at second and third. Wick got her third hit of the game as her RBI single drove Richards home with the winning run.
Brown pitched the first five innings, striking out nine Cougar batters, before Riley came on in the sixth. Riley was credited with the win while Gabby Luety came up from the JV team to handle the catching duties. Luety was 1-for-3 at the plate in her varsity debut.
Homer 13, Nottingham 2: With Hartquist and Smith available for game two, the Trojans tallied three runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back.
Brown led off by reaching first base on an error. Richards followed with a bunt single and the bases began loaded by Hartquist was hit by a pitch. While no one scored, the bases remained loaded on a fielder’s choice by Griffith. Mary Phelps grounded out as Brown scored the first run of the game. Richards scored on a passed ball for a 2-0 Homer lead. Another walk loaded the bases before Wick delivered an RBI single for the 3-0 lead.
The Trojans added two runs in the fifth for a 5-0 cushion and five more runs crossed the plate in the sixth for a 10-1 advantage before Nottingham plated its first run. Three more Homer runs in the seventh were countered by one Bulldog run in the bottom of the seventh for the final 13-2 count.
Wick went 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and two RBIs while Richards finished the game 3-for-4 with a home run. Riley was 2-for-3 with a triple and five RBIs while Phelps was also 2-for-3. Emily Swisher went 2-for-4 for the Trojans.
Hayla Edwards and Timisha Tatum each had two hits for Nottingham.
Brown struck out nine Bulldogs and pitched five innings for the win. Riley tossed the final two innings.
Homer is scheduled to return to OHSL Freedom Division action Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. contest at Phoenix.



Purple Tigers turn corner avenging lax loss

With the outcome of this lacrosse game up for grabs heading into the second half, Cortland High girls responded to the challenge.
The Purple Tigers scored three unanswered goals over those final 25 minutes to pull away for a 6-3 victory over East Syracuse-Minoa Saturday night at the SUNY Cortland Stadium Complex.
Kim Natoli, Casey Marks and Natalie Muka all scored second half goals as Cortland avenged a season-opening loss to the Spartans.
“Tonight’s game was a turning point in our season,” said Coach Kim Pace, the Purple Tigers now 2-2 in OHSL Freedom Division play and 4-3 overall. “After starting the season a little slower than we expected, then getting two lopsided wins earlier this week, we knew that tonight’s game would show where we have the potential to go with the rest of the season.”
ES-Minoa, now 2-1 in the division and 2-3 overall, jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. When Jennifer Lewis scored her second goal with 9:24 left in the period, Coach Pace called for a much-needed timeout.
“After the timeout, the team pulled together to play with more intensity then I have seen them play with all season,” said Coach Pace.
Bailey Reagan finally got CHS on the board with an unassisted tally with 8:17 left in that opening period. Seventeen seconds later, Katherine Hunsberger took the ball right off the draw and tucked in the second goal for the hosts.
The Purple Tigers pulled even at halftime when Muka scored with 52 seconds showing on the clock.
“In every game we seem to have a mental letdown for about 10 minutes. Luckily tonight, that happened in the first 10 minutes, leaving us 35 minutes to make up for it,” said Pace.




Sweep moves Cortland up into first place

ROME — A doubleheader sweep on Saturday moved defending champion SUNY Cortland into first place in the conference baseball standings.
The Red Dragons were 9-0 and 5-2 winners over SUNY Institute of Technology on Saturday in an outing moved from Utica to Larry Delutis Field in Rome, getting 14 hits to support senior starter Jim Dougher in the opening game shutout and a 4-for-4 offensive showing from junior Sean Caughey in the nightcap.
With contenders Brockport and Oneonta splitting a weekend doubleheader, Cortland takes over first place with a 6-2 SUNY Athletic Conference record. The Red Dragons, ranked fourth nationally in Division III, are 22-3 overall.
Cortland was scheduled to visit Plattsburgh for a Sunday twin bill, that visit postponed by poor weather. The game is tentatively rescheduled for April 26.
Cortland 9, SUNYIT 0: Five different pitchers combined to hold SUNYIT to just three hits. Dougher allowed just one hit in his four innings of work, striking out four and not walking a batter while improving to 6-1. Relievers David Limbach, Brendan Rowlands, Nick DeVito and Kenny Sherwood kept the shutout intact.
Five runs in the top of the first inning put the Red Dragons ahead for keeps.
The first three batters in the line-up produced a quick 2-0 lead, starting with a Jimmy Basnight single. Anthony Coromato followed with a double, and both came home on a Dan Maycock two-bagger. Maycock eventually scored on a passed ball and Joey Russo came up with a two-out RBI single to bring the fifth run home.
Three more runs in the third put he game out of reach. Russo and Coromato singled home runs in that rally, the other scoring on a Basnight sacrifice fly.