May 1, 2013
OHSL baseball: Brothers turn tide on Tigers
SYRACUSE — Sometimes you just have to take a beating, give the other team credit and move on.
Such was the case for the Cortland High baseball team Tuesday afternoon against host Syracuse CBA.
The Purple Tigers had beaten the Brothers 8-3 Saturday at Beaudry Park, but it was a different story this time around as the hosts got huge games from a couple of batters and ended up with 14 hits in all en route to a 16-8 OHSL Freedom Division romp.
CHS fell to 5-2 in the OHSL Freedom Division, tied for second with Homer, and is now 7-3 overall while CBA stayed atop the Freedom National at 5-2 and improved to 7-2 overall.
Leading the onslaught for the winners were sophomore second baseman-first baseman Webb Little, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a grand slam home run, seven RBIs and three runs scored, and senior catcher Mason Garlatti, who was 2-for-4 with six RBIs on a pair of three-run homers and also scored twice.
“They sure brought their hitting shoes today,” said Cortland coach Ben Albright, whose team was up 4-1 and, after falling behind 5-4, rallied back to lead 7-5 before CBA finally took control. “I don’t think it mattered who we threw, they were going to hit. When a team is hot like that, you can’t stop them. We turned a couple of double plays in the game and weren’t bad defensively. We’re a good team, and eight runs is usually a pretty good number. But you can’t compete with a team that scores 16.”
“We’re a good-hitting team,” CBA coach Tom Dotterer said. “We’re potentially very, very potent; if you make enough mistakes against us, we have a power twosome or threesome that can hurt you badly. We did a good job of putting the ball in play today.”
The Northers had only four strikeouts in 32 official at-bats.
“Their catcher (senior Parker Williamson) is a good one and does a good job of blocking the ball and keeping it in play, and Brian Hughes can hit and is a good pitcher,” said Dotterer. “But sometimes there’s nothing you can do. Whoever wins the World Series this season will lose 65 or 70 games, or more; that’s why baseball is the best of all the sports. I’d say that game in and game out, Cortland is the strongest in the league of the teams that we’ve played. We haven’t seen Bishop Ludden yet.”
It didn’t look like the Brothers, who had to rally from a 5-2 deficit after four innings to beat lightly-regarded Fulton Monday afternoon, were going to see the win column Tuesday. CHS took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first as junior right fielder-pitcher Caden Giroux reached on an error and came home on a double to the center field wall by senior pitcher Hughes, who in turn scored on a single to left by junior shortstop Zach Whelan. The hosts got one back in the bottom of the first as junior right fielder Mike Trasolini led off with a double off Hughes and later scored on a groundout.
The Purple Tigers led 4-1 after two innings as sophomore first baseman-right fielder Quinn Kennedy singled to left with one out before, with two outs, Giroux walloped his first home run of the year over the fence in left field.
CBA scored five runs on three hits, a hit batter and a Cortland error in the third to go up 6-4. Sophomore shortstop Camillo Spinoso singled home the first run and one out later Little blasted his grand slam to right, his first homer of the season. The visitors, though, came right back to take a 7-6 lead in the top of the fourth, scoring on an error, a wild pitch and the second RBI double of the game by Hughes. Sophomore third baseman Andrew Babcock reached on an error to lead off the fifth and later scored on a single up the middle by sophomore second baseman Sage Brown to make it 8-6.
From there it was all CBA, which scored five runs each in the fifth and sixth innings for the final margin. Little had a run-scoring single and Garlatti hit the first of his two three-run homers, this one to left, in the fifth to chase Hughes before an outfield error on a single by senior first baseman-reliever Andrew Gacek off Cortland reliever Giroux made it 11-8.
The Brothers added five more runs in the sixth. A single and two walks off Giroux brought sophomore Justin Prentice on to pitch, and Little greeted him with a two-run double to left before Garlatti blasted his third round-tripper of the season, another three-run shot, to right.
Hughes (2-2) took the loss, giving up eight hits and 10 runs, seven earned, with one strikeout in 4 1-3 innings. Giroux gave up three hits and four runs, three earned, in two-thirds of an inning and fanned one batter, while Prentice worked one inning, surrendering three hits and two earned runs with two strikeouts.
CBA senior starter Emmett Dunn (3-1) got the win, giving up eight hits and eight runs, just three earned, in five innings while striking out seven. Gacek worked the final two innings in scoreless one-hit fashion — senior pinch-hitter Jordan Prignon’s seventh-inning single his first varsity hit — with one strikeout.
“We’d been struggling to win, but I think we’re back to hitting,” Little said. “Saturday’s game definitely gave us some incentive today. I hit a hanging splitter for the grand slam; I just stepped back and swung hard.”
“We weren’t happy; we knew we could do better,” Garlatti said of the Brothers’ attitude coming into Tuesday’s contest. “We were looking to put up some runs; we came out swinging earlier this month and scored 26 runs against Cazenovia and 22 against Mexico. I wasn’t really looking to hit home runs; the first one was up in the zone and the second was outside, where I like pitches to be.
“This will give us confidence. Cortland is a good team and can hit; not to take anything away from them, but we can and did, too.”
The Purple Tigers visit league foe Mexico Friday and host Chittenango Saturday in a non-leaguer at Beaudry Park starting at 4 p.m.
CORTLAND JVs lost 5-3 to visiting CBA Tuesday to fall to 4-3 on the season. Sophomore Nate Turkow had a double, an RBI and a run for the Purple Tigers, while freshman Jake Woods threw a complete game, giving up nine hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts.
The JVs also travel to Mexico on Friday before hosting Chittenango Saturday at Dave Guido Field, the first pitch set for 4 p.m.
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