April 28, 2016
Bears conquer Cortland
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High’s Cady Walts (2) pitches in the second inning against Chittenango Wednesday. Watts reached 400 career strikeouts in an 11-1 loss.
An error-filed inning and then another full of hits by visiting Chittenango led to the Cortland High’s 11-1 loss to the visiting Bears Wednesday afternoon.
“We started out playing very well,” Purple Tigers coach Maureen White said. “We hit the ball hard all night but we were hitting right at their players. We only had three hits.”
Fresh from a no-hit victory over Mexico, Purple Tigers junior pitcher Cady Walts gave up nine hits and had 13 strikeouts — including the 400th of her varsity career which is now in its fourth season. Chittenango junior Alexa Rossi fanned one batter en route to her complete-game three-hitter.
CHS (4-1 OHSL Freedom National and 4-2 overall) opened the scoring at Meldrim Field in the fourth as freshman catcher Ashley Shortsleeve tripled and came home via a throwing error on a ground ball. Chittenango (2-5, 2-6) equalized in the fifth as junior Morgan Shoemaker tripled and scored on a single by senior Adrianna Narolis.
The Bears took the lead for good by scoring five runs in the sixth, aided by five Cortland errors. They put up another five-spot in the seventh, keyed by a homer off the bat of Shoemaker, who wound up going 3-for-4 on the day with a double, triple, homer, five RBIs and three runs scored.
Sophomore Shayla Muncy went 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs for the winners while junior Trisha Whaley had a single, three RBIs and scored twice. No one had more than one hit for CHS.
“We had a tough day, it’s over and we are moving on,” White said. “We will be ready to get back at it and turn things around. There is a lot of season left and we are all right. I’m happy with our effort at the plate; we hit the ball, it was just right at people.”
The Purple Tigers end the week with a pair of non-league home games on Meldrim Field, against Jamesville-DeWitt on Friday at 11 a.m. and East Syracuse-Minoa Saturday at 10 a.m.
CORTLAND JVs lost to Chittenango 13-7, taking an early lead with a three-run first before the Bears scored eight runs to take the lead for good in a third inning that included three walks, three hit batters and two CHS errors.
Taylor Hart, who took the mound loss, struck out six batters and had three hits and three RBIs at the plate. Lyndsie Babcock collected two RBIs for the Purple Tigers, now 2-2.
The JVs host Jamesville-DeWitt Friday in doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. at Beaudry Park, where they’ll host ES-M Saturday in a single game starting at 10 a.m.
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