May 1 , 2007


Instant Trojans response


Photo provided by Dick Reygers
Homer Central’s Stephanie Hartquist homered in Monday’s 12-2 home field win over Tully.

Home runs by Stephanie Hartquist and Lindsay Richards helped Homer Central girls get off to a good start this week.
The Trojan duo hit back-to-back solo roundtrippers in the bottom of the first inning to help overcome an early two-run deficit and roll to a 12-2 non-league softball win over Tully Monday at Homer Elementary School.
“It was good to see the girls come back quickly after getting behind,” said Homer coach Cris Colasurdo. “The girls handled themselves well.
“We got good pitching from both Katie (Wick) and Halee (Riley),” she continued. “We hit the ball well and our defense keeps getting better.”
Tully (2-4 overall) struck for two runs in the top of the first off Wick. With two outs, Jenna Johnson singled and Jen Collis followed with a two-run homer.
Homer (6-3) came to bat in the bottom of the inning and Hartquist led off with her solo bomb. Richards was up next and she belted her solo shot to tie the game at 2-2.
Jenea Griffith followed with a single and she stole second base. Vickie Smith drew a walk and both runners advanced one base on a passed ball. Riley hit a grounder that was misplayed by the shortstop, which allowed Griffith to score. Mary Lansdowne ripped a RBI single to plate Smith and the Trojans were on their way with a 4-2 lead.
Wick took charge over the next two innings before Riley came on in the fourth and tossed the final four innings for the win.
Wick had four strikeouts and allowed the only two hits by the visitors in that first inning while Riley fanned six Black Knights, walked two and hit one batter.
Offensively, Homer added two runs in the second before a big four-run outburst in the third led to a 10-2 cushion. Key hits in the third were a two-run single by Hartquist and an RBI single by Smith.
The Trojans closed out the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hartquist finished the day by going 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs while Richards and Smith each delivered two hits.
Homer begins a key OHSL Freedom Division stretch today as the Trojans host Mexico at 4:30 p.m. The Trojans host Phoenix Wednesday at 4:30 before heading to East Syracuse-Minoa Friday.




Red Dragons reign in conference

Sluggers help Cortland finish up in first with perfect 20-0 record

With the slugging of Nicole Fredericks and Annemarie Nelson leading the way, SUNY Cortland finished unbeaten in conference play with a doubleheader sweep on Monday at Dragon Field.
Senior Fredericks went 3-for-3 with two homers as the Red Dragons won the opening game 5-4 over visiting Buffalo State, while junior Nelson finished 4-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in a 9-1 second game romp.
The Red Dragons finished 20-0 in the SUNY Athletic Conference and extended their school-record winning streak to 22 games. Coach Julie Lenhart’s squad is 31-7 overall.
Cortland became the first school to finish the SUNYAC regular season with a perfect record since the league switched from divisional play to a complete round-robin schedule in 2000.
Cortland will host the six-team SUNYAC postseason tournament that starts Thursday and runs through Sunday at Dragon Field. The winner of the double-elimination event earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Cortland’s first game will be Thursday at 9 a.m. versus sixth-seeded New Paltz. Buffalo State (25-9, 15-5) will be the third seed and will play fourth-seeded Brockport Thursday at 1 p.m. The other two teams in the field — second-seeded Plattsburgh and fifth-seeded Geneseo — will play the second game Thursday at 11 a.m.
Cortland 4, Buffalo State 3: Cortland scored the winning run in the opener on a Nelson sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh.
Cortland 9, Buffalo State 1: Freshman Katie Finch tossed a four-hitter with one walk and 11 strikeouts for the win. She improved to 16-4 on the season.




Rockets grab share of top spot

The DeRuyter Central baseball team scored a pair of second-inning runs Monday and made them stand up in a 2-1 win over visiting Madison, grabbing a share of first place in the Central Counties League in the process.
In other CCL action visiting Madison scored a 9-2 softball win over DeRuyter and the host Cincinnatus golf team won twice at Knickerbocker Country Club, totaling 234 strokes to 239 for non-league foe Oxford and 278 for fellow CCL member DeRuyter.
DeRuyter 2, Madison 1: Nate Sutherland went 3-for-3 with an RBI single in the second and Jake Newton singled home the other run for the Rockets, now 3-1 league and overall and tied for the top spot with Madison, which had beaten them 8-4 at Madison on Friday.
Brandon Meacham threw a complete-game five-hitter with 11 strikeouts for DeRuyter, which hosts McGraw Wednesday.
Madison 9, DeRuyter 2: Sarah Davis threw a one-hitter for Madison, fanning 10 and walking seven. Megan Stevens singled home Polly Gallerani, who had walked, in the sixth for the only hits the Rockets (2-2 league and overall) managed. Chelsea walked, stole second and third and scored on a wild pitch in the first for DeRuyter’s other run.
The Rockets were to visit Fabius-Pompey today in a non-league game.
Cincinnatus 234, Oxford 239, DeRuyter 278: Jameson Maroney’s 43 led the Red Lions (4-0 league, 5-1 overall), while Ty Wilcox and Zach Halstrom both had 46 and Mark Cobb 48.
Erik Skeele paced DeRuyter with a 48, while Corey Seiler was the overall medallist with a 38 for Oxford and teammates Scott Seiler and Jim Fagnani both had 49.
Cincy hosts Stockbridge Valley Wednesday and DeRuyter hosts McGraw the same day.