April 28, 2007


Van Hart does it all taming Lions


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Marathon catcher Roni Allen slams into LIsa Slocum of Groton at the plate as she attempts to catch a wide throw. Slocum was safe on the seventh-inning play during Friday’s IAC softball match-up in Marathon. Groton won, 9-1.

NEWARK VALLEY — Emily Van Hart drove in two runs with a triple and she fanned 10 Dryden High batters as Newark Valley defeated the visiting Purple Lions 4-1 in Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division I softball action_Friday.
In other softball action, Groton defeated Marathon, Moravia upset Lansing 3-2, Candor crushed Newfield 11-3, Elmira Notre Dame blanked Trumansbug 10-0 and Waverly swept a doubleheader from Watkins Glen 10-2 and 17-0.
In IAC baseball, Marathon downed Groton 9-3, Dryden dropped Newark Valley 6-2, Candor clipped Newfield 7-3, Lansing doubled Moravia 8-4, Elmira Notre Dame topped Trumansburg 9-3 and Waverly outslugged Watkins Glen 12-9.
Newark Valley 4, Dryden 1: Newark Valley scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back in the Division I match-up.
The Purple Lions got their lone run in the top of the fifth.
Marathon 9, Groton 3: Derek Root went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and five RBIs as Marathon Central dumped visiting Groton 9-3 in a Division III contest Friday.
Groton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on back-to-back singles by Kyle Yunger and Pete Jackson, plus a fielder’s choice by Matt Parsons. The Indians added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings on solo homeruns by Kyle Reed and Jackson (3-for-4).
The Olympians (2-2 division, 3-3 overall) got all the runs they needed in the bottom of the third. Winning pitcher Aubrey Brown led off with a single. Tony Ortiz followed with a single and Root blasted a three-run homer. Brett McGowan then hit a double and he scored on a triple by Dan Bleck. Dave Bleck delivered an RBI single that plated his brother.
Root added an RBI double during the four-run fourth inning burst to make the score 9-1.
Marathon was slated to host Southern Cayuga this morning, but that game was postponed. The Olympians travel to Southern Cayuga Monday for a 4:30 p.m. game.
Dryden 6, Newark Valley 2: Spencer Hoyt went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored as Dryden posted a 6-2 Division I win at Newark Valley.
The Purple Lions (3-1 division, 5-2 IAC, 5-3 overall) broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Wayne Dougherty singled and Devin Cross reached safely on an error. Another Cardinal error allowed Chris McConnell to reach base while Dougherty scored the go-ahead run at 3-2. A third error allowed Cross to score and Ryan Rivers delivered an RBI single.
Hoyt doubled in the seventh, moved to third on a Herschell Emerson ground out and scored when Dougherty hit a sacrifice fly.
Pat Perkins went the distance on the mound for Dryden, allowing just three hits and striking out nine Cardinal batters. Nick Alexander got two of the three Newark Valley hits.
Dryden will begin a six games in six days stretch Monday as the Purple Lions travel to Waverly for a 4:30 p.m. Division I clash.



Red Dragons sweep past defending champs

PLATTSBURGH — Beating the defending champions twice by one-run margins Friday has the SUNY Cortland softball squad a step closer to wrapping up a regular season conference title.
Senior Blythe Beecher and junior Annemarie Nelson blasted three-run homers to lead the Red Dragons to a 7-6 victory over host Plattsburgh in game one. Then freshman pitcher Katie Finch took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of the nightcap and held on for a 2-1 win to complete the sweep of the nationally ranked Cardinals.
First place Cortland won its 18th consecutive game to improve to 27-7 overall and 16-0 in the SUNY Athletic Conference. The Red Dragons can win the conference regular-season title for a third time in the last four seasons with a sweep at Potsdam today.
The Cardinals, ranked 15th nationally in Division III, fell to 24-10 and 12-4 in SUNYAC play.
Cortland 7, Plattsburgh 6: Cortland jumped ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning on Nelson’s two-out roundtripper, her team-leading ninth of the season.
Plattsburgh pulled to within 4-3 after three innings and tied the score with a run in the bottom of the fifth. In the top of the sixth, however, Beecher connected for her second homer of the season with one out to make it a 7-4 game.
Cortland 2, Plattsburgh 1: This game shaped up as a pitcher’s duel between Finch and Plattsburgh’s Jacqueline Leitze. Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Jamie Neuner led off with a single, stole second and scored on junior Shara Evanter’s two-out single.
Neither team scored again until the sixth inning when Plattsburgh lead-off hitter Amy Woo smacked a two-out home run to center field to tie the game at 1-1. The hit was the Cardinals’ first of the game off Finch.