April 24, 2007


Trojans have grand time at CHS

Trojan Softball

Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer Central second baseman Lindsay Richards reaches to catch a ball hit to short right field during Monday’s 12-3 softball win over host Cortland High at Meldrim Field.

Staff Writer

Vickie Smith made sure that her first varsity softball home run was a memorable one.
Homer Central’s junior third baseman cracked a bases-loaded shot to left field in the fourth inning against host Cortland High at Meldrim Field, helping break open what had been a close game as the Trojans went on to a 12-3 OHSL Freedom Division victory.
“I just hit what comes at me and try to do my best,” Smith said with a smile when asked about her grand slam, which lifted Homer from a 3-2 lead to a 7-2 advantage. “I didn’t think it was going to be a home run. I thought the left fielder (sophomore Kayleigh Mital) would catch it.
“I thought that we had a shot to pull away. We usually do as the game goes on, so I thought we’d pull farther ahead.”
“I thought Vickie had the capability; we have a lot of good hitters,” said Homer coach Cris Colasurdo, whose team improved to 2-1 in league play and 4-2 overall. “She hit a big triple for us in our last game (a 9-4 win over Fulton on Friday). The girls seem to pick it up halfway through the game. As things go on they get better, which isn’t what I’d prefer.”
Junior catcher Stephanie Hartquist, who came into the game with a .615 batting average, also loomed large on offense again for the winners, going 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and scoring four runs.
The Trojans prevailed despite Colasurdo’s having to change pitchers on the fly. Junior Ashley Brown started and pitched the first three innings, allowing four hits and two runs with a pair of strikeouts, but her sore arm brought on sophomore Katie Wick, who picked up the win (and improved to 1-1) by allowing just three hits and an earned run over the final four frames, fanning four and walking three.
“Ashley is our number one pitcher, but it was too painful for her to continue, and we have four games this week,” Colasurdo said. “I can use Katie or (junior) Halee Riley when needed. They’re both good pitchers.
“Katie did real well today. She had to come in halfway through the game, but is a strong pitcher and seemed more comfortable and relaxed. Our pitchers know that they have a good defense behind them.”
“It was a nice competitive game until the grand slam kind of broke it open,” said Cortland coach Mick Lowie, whose team is winless in three games — all in the league — this spring. “I thought it was a catchable ball with our read steps back, and Kayleigh (Mital, sophomore leftfielder) is a good outfielder. But the ball got up in the wind, which was blowing to left, and she didn’t make a quick enough decision to run back for it. It just took one false step.
“I could tell that Ashley was sore in the first inning. We’d never seen Wick pitch; she wasn’t overpowering, but we were hitting grounders the rest of the game. She did a nice job of keeping the ball down, and with a good infield behind her it was a good strategy, especially with the lead she had. Homer put a lot of pressure on us all game, getting runners on base, and we make some youthful mistakes every game. When you start five sophomores, that’s going to happen.”
Homer scored twice in the top of the first on a pair of Cortland miscues. Hartquist led off the game with a single up the middle and later scored when Brown laid down a sacrifice bunt that was mishandled for a throwing error. Senior second baseman Lindsay Richards, who had singled right behind Hartquist, scored on a wild pitch from Cortland senior starter Natalie Mieras to give the Trojans the early lead.
The hosts, however, came right back to tie the score in the bottom of the first on consecutive one-out singles by junior designated hitter Lauren Shirley, senior third baseman Chelsea Snyder, senior first baseman Brittany Babcock (scoring Shirley) and sophomore centerfielder Kayleigh Smith (scoring Snyder). In fact, CHS had bases loaded with one out before brown got a strikeout and an infield popout to end the threat.
Mieras, who took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season, walked Richards with the bases loaded in the fourth to give the Trojans a 3-2 lead. One out later, Smith hit the ball over Mital’s head to clear the bases, crossing home herself just as the ball got back into the infield.
Junior leftfielder Danielle Swarm singled to greet Cortland freshman reliever Molly Reagan in the fifth and later scored on a triple to left-center by Hartquist, who then came home on an infield error.
The winners scored three times in the seventh on a run-scoring groundout by senior rightfielder Mary Lansdowne, a wild pitch and an RBI single by senior centerfielder Mary Phelps. The Purple Tigers closed out the scoring in the bottom of the seventh as Lauren Shirley singled with one out and eventually scored on a two-out single up the middle by Babcock before Wick got a groundout to end the game. Shirley (two runs) and Babcock (two RBIs) both went 2-for-4 for CHS.
Colasurdo praised the defensive efforts of Richards and junior shortstop Jenea Griffith, noting that “Our middle infield helped us today.” Lowie, meanwhile, said that he was happy with the performances of both of his pitchers and with the way his team came back to tie the game after Homer’s two first-inning runs.
Both teams were slated to be back in action today, the Trojans visiting Phoenix Cortland returning to Meldrim to host Chittenango starting at 4:15 p.m.
HOMER JVs were 26-1 winners at Cortland in a rain-shortened six-inning contest. Courtney Rainbow homered twice for the Trojans, who held a 17-0 lead through two innings and coasted from there.
Rainbow finished the day going 4-for-5 with four RBIs. Jess Riggs, Gaby Luety (triple), Alexis Brown (3-for-4, 4 RBIs), Kenna Riley also hit home runs. CHS had just two hits against winning pitcher Riggs.



Frosh helps CHS boys take opener

CHITTENANGO — Freshman Bayshawn Barlow helped Cortland High overcome the loss of some key personnel and capture an opening OHSL Freedom Division track and field victory Monday.
Barlow won the long jump at 18-2.5, was first in the high jump clearing 5-4 and was part of the winning 400-meter relay team as the Purple Tigers topped host Chittenango 85-56.
“We were without Judd Arnold and without Dyquan Barlow, and this affected our line-up pretty severely,” said Coach Bob Vidulich, happy to see freshman Barlow step up.
A large bunch of freshmen are fitting in and contributing, Coach Vidulich feeling the mentoring of his veteran competitors being a big help.
“It’s working well,” said Vidulich of mixing the old in with the new. “Coaching-wise, there are a few things I have to tweak and coming back I see we do have some holes_to fill.”
Cortland High girls, meanwhile, lost 93-39 to Chittenango. Deanna Bishop had a pair of first place performances for the Purple Tigers.
Coach Vidulich was also happy with the 1:01.8 wining time of senior Paul Novak winning the 400-meter hurdles, while junior Keith Sherman bolsted the CHS effort with first places in both the shot put (38-9) and discus (127-5).
Alaric Soufley won the 110m hurdles and picked up a third in the 400m hurdles to earn praise from Coach Vidulich. Brandon Casterline led a CHS pole vault sweep with a winning height of 9-6, while Josh Houck took the triple jump with an effort of 37-6.5.
l Cortland girls got their lone wins from Bishop. The junior ran off with the top spot in the 400-meter run 1:06.2 and cleared the bar at 4-foot-8 to capture first in the high jump.




Groton gets lift from young arm

GROTON — Groton freshman pitcher Eric McLaughlin made his first varsity baseball win a memorable one.
McLaughlin struck out 11 Southern Cayuga batters and allowed the visitors just two hits during an 11-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division III baseball win at Ross Field Monday.
In other IAC baseball action, Trumansburg topped Dryden 8-5, Moravia edged Marathon 3-2, Candor clubbed Spencer-Van Etten 18-0, Elmira Notre Dane downed Watkins Glen 9-3, Newfield nipped Elmira Heights Edison 2-1 in 8 innings, Odessa-Montour tripped Tioga 9-8 and Waverly blanked Newark Valley 12-0.
In IAC softball, Dryden topped Trumansburg 5-2, Moravia downed Marathon 11-3, Southern Cayuga stopped Groton 8-1, Spencer-Van Etten clipped Candor 7-6, Tioga shutout Odessa-Montour 8-0, Elmira Heights Edison pounded Newfield 16-0 and Elmira Notre Dame blasted Watkins Glen 17-0 in six innings.
Groton 11, Southern Cayuga 1: While McLaughlin was mowing down the opposition, Groton hitters were swinging the bat well. Matt Parsons and Kyle Reed each went 3-for-3 to lead the Indian attack. Reed had one double and three RBIs while Parsons drove in two runs. Josh Betances added a 2-for-3 effort with two doubles and four RBIs.
Trumansburg 8, Dryden 5: After taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Trumansburg built a 4-0 lead in the third on a Kyle Sielaff two-run single.
Moravia 3, Marathon 2: Marathon took a 2-0 lead in the third inning before Moravia rallied for one unearned run in the sixth and two more runs in the seventh to steal the Division III win.
Dryden 5, Trumansburg 2: Dryden rallied from a 2-1 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to post a 5-2 Division I win over visiting Trumansburg.
Moravia 11, Marathon 3: Leah Hilliard struck out a dozen Marathon batters as the Blue Devils improved to 4-1. Angela Potter led the offense going 3-for-4.
Southern Cayuga 8, Groton 1: Groton scored a lone first inning run and then was blanked by the Chiefs, as Leanna May came on to pitch six shutout innings for the visitors. Julie Hewitt homered for the victors.