April 27, 2010


Eagles clipped on road

Seven was not a lucky number for the McGraw Central baseball and softball teams as they braved the wet weather in Central Counties League diamond contests at Madison on Monday.
The host Blue Devils pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the baseball game 7-4 over McGraw, while the Eagles softball squad was beaten 7-4 by Madison.
McGraw golfers, meanwhile, opened its season with a 264-282 CCL win over Stockbridge Valley at Barker Brook Golf Club.
Madison 7, McGraw 6: The Eagles, who fell to 3-3 in league play and 3-4 overall, trailed 6-2 heading into the sixth and scorecd once in that frame and three times in the seventh, only to see Madison’s Nate Mitchell drive in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Chris Torres led the McGraw attack, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored while Austin Chambers went 2-for-3 with a run. Cody Brown threw a complete game, allowing seven hits and five earned runs with 12 strikeouts, but took the loss.
“We started out a little sluggish, but made a great comeback,” Eagles coach Abe Johnson said. “It just took a little too long to get the bats going.”
Brian Klein was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run and Brady Collman went 2-for-4 and scored once for the Blue Devils (3-2 league and overall), Brian Klein the complete game winner after allowing eight hits and three earned runs with six strikeouts.
Madison 7, McGraw 4: Madison’s Julia Brouillette allowed only one hit, a sixth-inning single by Nicole Law, and fanned 13 batters as the hosts improved to 5-1 in the league and 5-2 overall.
The Eagles (3-3 league and overall) led 2-1 before Madison took advantage of some miscues to score four times in the bottom of the third to take control of the game.
“It was a close game until we made some costly errors in the bottom of the third,” McGraw coach Joe Seamans said. “We were not aggressive at the plate and did not capitalize when we had runners on base due to walks.” Brouillette issued 16 bases on balls in the game.
No one had more than one hit for Madison, which took advantage of five walks and three Eagles errors.
Both McGraw teams were to host DeRuyter today and Otselic Valley on Wednesday in games starting at 4:30 p.m.
McGraw 264, Stockbridge Valley 282: Jason Griffin took overall medallist honors with a 43 for the Eagles, while Alex Smith carded a 48 and Jon McDonald a 43. Brandon Pupp had a 48 and Ryan Thorna a 50 for the Cougars.
“It was a big win for us to start the season, at a difficult away course and under difficult conditions with a steady light rain,” said McGraw coach Bob Schlicht. I’m relatively pleased.”
The Eagles visit DeRuyter Wednesday at Delphi Falls Golf Course.