April 16, 2016


OHSL baseball: Purple Tigers’ bats held down by ES-M

EAST SYRACUSE — It was more of the same for the Cortland High baseball team Friday afternoon in a 5-3 non-league loss to host East Syracuse-Minoa.
The Purple Tigers managed just four hits off a trio of Spartan pitchers while their own hurlers, junior starter Duff Steve and senior Curtis Wilk, were solid on the mound. On Tuesday, CHS got a four-hitter from senior Jake Woods but had just one hit in a 2-0 season-opening loss to visiting Oswego in a game that counted in the OHSL Freedom National Division standings.
“Once again we got a pretty good outing from our starter, but four hits and a few runs isn’t enough support,” Cortland coach Ben Albright said, his team with a collective .098 batting average through its first two games. “Our bats are due to have a breakout soon.
“The nice thing is that we’ve lost both games by just two runs while not hitting the ball. We’re playing well defensively and getting good pitching. ES-M is a good-hitting team and Duff did some solid pitching, with good defense behind him,” he added.
It looked early on in Friday’s game as if the Purple Tiger offense would be up to the task, the visitors scoring a run in the first inning as junior catcher James Lane was hit by a pitch to lead things off, stole second and eventually scored on a single to left by Steve.
ES-M (2-0 overall) equalized in the second as sophomore first baseman Zach Grevelding doubled to right with two outs and scored on a single to center by senior centerfielder TylerHarrig.
The Purple Tigers regained the lead in the third as Lane led off with a walk, went to second on a sacrifice by Woods and scored on a two-hit single to right-center by Steve, who supported his own cause by going 2-for-4 on the day with the two RBIs.
ES-M took the lead for good in a three-run fifth, the key blow a two-run single to center by sophomore second baseman-relief pitcher Jimmy Griffin, who later scored on a wild pitch.
CHS’s final run came home in the sixth. Senior first baseman Jake Prignon singled to center, went to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single to left by junior third baseman Zach Travis. The hoists closed out the scoring in the bottom of the same inning was senior shortstop-reliever Danny Williams singled to right and eventually scored on a double to right by senior starting pitcher-third baseman Nicholas Castrello.
Williams came on in relief of Griffin in the seventh and shut the Purple Tigers down to earn the save and preserve the win for Castrello.
Steve allowed six hits and three earned runs in six innings with four strikeouts while Wilk pitched the seventh and gave up two hits and a run with one strikeout.
Grevelding went 2-for-3 with the double and run for the winners, while Castrello was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Cortland is back in action on Sunday, hosting Newburgh Free Academy from Section 1 on SUNY Cortland’s Wallace Field in a game that is slated to start around 2 p.m., depending on how long the Red Dragons’ game with Plattsburgh runs. The Goldbacks are coached by Scott Seabury, who was a teammate of Albright’s during their college days at Cortland.
The CHS-Newburgh game is following the 11 a.m. contest pitting Plattsburgh against defending Division III national champion SUNY Cortland.
CORTLAND JVs are 1-1 after falling to ES-M 6-5 on Friday. The Purple Tigers trailed 6-1 heading into the seventh and scored four runs to get within one before a foul flyout with two runners on ended the game.
Freshman Jake Prunier had a hit, two walks and a run and Mike Jewett a hit and RBI for CHS. Starter Zach Discenza gave up three hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts in four inning of work while reliever Nick Cody threw the final two innings and surrendered one hit, an earned run and had one strikeout.
The JVs travel to Fulton Monday for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

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