April 30, 2009
Purple Tigers pull out victory
Hurler Carr, Williamson help tame Bears 4-3
Photos by Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland High second baseman Brandon Watkins looks to tag Chittenango base runner Cody Skinner who slides safely into second with a stolen base at Beaudry Park Wednesday. CHS pulled out a 4-3 win.
Matt Carr showed the way for the Cortland High baseball team against Chittenango at Beaudry Park Wednesday afternoon.
The Purple Tigers’ junior starter had a rough first inning, giving up three runs, then blanked the Bears the rest of the way as CHS rallied for a 4-3 victory secured in dramatic fashion by Trevor Williamson’s game-winning single to right field in the bottom of the seventh.
“Matt struggled a little early, then settled down,” said Coach John Tobin of Carr after Cortland improved to 3-1 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 4-4 overall. “After the first inning he only gave up one hit, and in the seventh he struck out the side after Chittenango put two men on after an error and a fielder’s choice.
“The kids played better, and did a lot of little things they had to do, like backing up bases, making plays on defense and sacrificing at the plate. It was a better effort, and they played smarter. Chittenango is a tough team, with good defense and decent pitching,” Tobin said.
The Bears, now 2-3 in league play and 7-4 overall, got off to the aforementioned quick start in the top of the first. Jakob Bicknell tripled to right-center to drive in the first run and scored on a single to right by Patrick McGinnis, who later scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Devin Christopher.
Cortland started its comeback in the second. Brandon Watkins walked and Carr was safe on a fielder’s choice, Watkins going to third on an errant throw. One out later Justin Hogan doubled off the fence in left to score both runners and make it 3-2.
The Purple Tigers pushed the tying run across in the fifth. Justin Tabel led off with a single to left before Tony Whitt was hit by a pitch on a sacrifice attempt. Ryann Hubbard singled to left one out later before pinch-hitter Ian Spafford plated Tabel with a sacrifice fly to right, Chittenango alertly throwing Whitt out at third to end the inning.
Tabel singled up the middle to begin the fateful seventh off reliever Shaun Skurpski, on in relief of starter McGinnis. He was sacrificed to second by Whitt, and scored the winning run as Williamson singled over the head of the right fielder.
Carr finished with a complete-game three-hitter that included nine strikeouts while Tabel led the offense, going 2-for-3 and scoring twice.
Cortland was to host Fowler at 4:30 p.m. today at Beaudry.
CORTLAND JVs lost to visiting Chittenango 11-4, Alex Stacy and Brycen Dunn both collecting triples as the Purple Tigers fell to 1-2.
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