April 26, 2013
CHS holds off Bishop Ludden
SYRACUSE — The Cortland High baseball team held off a late rally by host Bishop Ludden to score a 5-4 OHSL Freedom Division win Thursday afternoon.
The Purple Tigers improved to 4-1 in the Freedom American, tied for first in the loss column with Jamesville-DeWitt, which improved to 6-1 with a 17-4 romp over Fulton. CHS is now 6-1 overall.
Coming back from its first loss of the season at Homer on Tuesday, Cortland started this game out strong with two runs in the top of the first inning. Junior right fielder Caden Giroux doubled with one out and scored on a double by senior first baseman Brian Hughes, who in turn scored on a single by junior shortstop Zach Whelan.
The Gaelic Knights (2-4 in the Freedom National and overall) put up single runs in the first and third off Purple Tigers senior starter and winner Justin Sidebottom to tie the game at 2-2 before the visitors retook the lead, this time for good, with a run in the fifth. Junior center fielder Victor McCutcheon reached on a bunt single, stole second, went to third on a balk and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-2.
CHS then added a pair of runs in the sixth. Sidebottom walked and senior pinch-hitter Justin Travis reached base on an infield error that sent Sidebottom to third, junior second baseman Sage Brown re-entering for Travis at that point. Senior catcher Parker Williamson then singled Sidebottom home, Travis moving to third on the play and later scoring on a wild pitch.
Down to its last chance, Bishop Ludden went down swinging in the bottom of the seventh. Second baseman Jeff Bianchi and pinch-hitter Chris Matchuk both singled before an infield error on a grounder by shortstop Kyle Hawk loaded the bases.
After a flyout for the second out of the inning, starting pitcher-first baseman Robbie Wiegan singled Bianchi home. Catcher Alex Trunfio reached on an infield error that scored Quinn, but Hawk rounded third too far and tagged out in a rundown to end the game.
Giroux went 2-for-3 with a run scored as the only Purple Tiger with more than one hit in the contest. Wiegan (two RBIs), who took the mound loss, and center fielder Jared Taylor (run) both went 2-for-4 for Bishop Ludden.
Sidebottom threw a complete-game six-hitter with nine strikeouts and gave up only one earned run and is now 2-0 on the season with an 0.47 ERA.
“Justin struggled some in the first three innings but found himself in the fourth and then pitched pretty well,” CHS coach Ben Albright said. “He got the ground balls he needed in the seventh. A couple found their way through but we very easily could have been out of that but made a couple of errors. It was huge to get a complete game, with two more games this week.
“Zach kept his head up after making an error, chased the ball down and got it to third to start the rundown,” he added. “We ran the bases well and continue to be aggressive.”
Cortland was to host Ithaca in a non-leaguer today starting at 4:30 p.m. and will entertain Freedom National leader Syracuse CBA Saturday starting at 1 p.m., both games at Beaudry Park.
CORTLAND JVs got a complete-game two-hitter with 10 strikeouts from freshman Jake Woods in a 13-1 win over Bishop Ludden.
Sophomore Tyler Straka went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs for the Purple Tigers, while sophomore Aidan Stehm (double, two RBIs, two runs) and freshman Dylan Brown both went 3-for-5 and freshman Matt Pasquarello went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
The JVs were to host Ithaca today in a 4:30 p.m. start at Dave Guido Field and will visit CBA Saturday, the first pitch set for 10 a.m.
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