May 2, 2011
Late rally caps busy CHS day
ES-M, Dryden beaten at Beaudry
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland High third baseman Vinnie Bellardini makes a throw to first base for an out against Dryden in the top of the second inning Saturday at Beaudry Park.
Cortland High came up with a dramatic finish to a busy and successful day of baseball Saturday at Beaudry Park.
Brycen Dunn’s RBI single capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Purple Tigers to a 5-4 non-league victory over Dryden High in the second of two games hosted by CHS. That walk-off triumph came after Cortland had gotten things started with a 10-2 win over East Syracuse-Minoa in a rescheduled OHSL Freedom Division morning match-up.
“It says what we’re made of, the tough kids we have,” said Cortland coach Ben Albright after his team improved to 5-2 on the season with a 4-2 mark in the Freedom Division.
The Purple Tigers held a slim 2-0 lead over Dryden in the nightcap when starting pitcher Cory Broyles’ shutout bid fell victim to a four-run outburst in the top of the fourth by the visitors out of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division.
The Purple Lions carried that 4-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh when singles by Devon Darrow and Broyles got the Cortland comeback underway. With runners on the corners, Broyles swiped second and both scored when Connor Griffin stroked a base hit to tie things up at 4-all. Griffin hustled down to second base on the throw home and scored when Dunn singled to center.
Cortland made the most of six hits off hard-luck Dryden loser Tyler Cowen. The Purple Lions fell to 4-4 with the setback, southpaw Cowen striking out eight but walking nine going the distance on the mound.
“I knew the kids were feeling frustrated early and I challenged them to have more productive at bats,” said Coach Albright, though praising the work of Dryden’s Cowen on the mound. “We had to have better at bats, put the ball in play and challenge them to make a play.”
The Purple Tigers had 10 hits, including an Alex Stacy go-head home run poke, in the opening win over East Syracuse-Minoa (3-3).
Cortland 10, ES-Minoa 2: Cortland grabbed a 2-0 lead with a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the first inning. Singles by Stacy and Brian Hughes, along with a walk, loaded the bases. Two runs scored when Dunn’s grounder to short was mishandled.
The Spartans tied things with two runs in the second after loading the bases with no outs. Two runs scored while CHS tried to turn a doubleplay, throwing the ball away at first base after picking up an out at second.Those were the only runs ES-M scored off starter Hughes (3-0) and reliever Stacy (save), the Spartans held to five hits. Hughes struck out three in his four innings or work, while Stacy allowed just one hit with four strikeouts over the final three frames.
Stacy’s home run over the fence in right-center in the third inning put CHS ahead to stay. Singles by Hughes and Griffin and a Dunn sacrifice fly to center made it 4-2 for the hosts before that inning ended.
Stacy doubled, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a Hughes ground-out in the fifth. CHS added five runs in the bottom of the sixth. After loading the bases on a walk and two bunts that ES-M botched, Darrow stroked a two-run single. After a Broyles ground produced a run, doubles by Stacy and Hughes drove the final two runs home.
CHS had just one error in the victory, and the final out came when Alex Boyland made a diving catch in right field. In the top of the opening inning, left fielder Ryan Flatt chased down a ball in the corner and then came in for another grab for back-to-back outs that set the tone for the CHS defense.
Offensively, Stacy finished 4-for-4 and scored four runs, while Hughes was 3-for-4 while driving home three teammates. Five different Spartans had singles to account for the visitor’s offense.
Cortland 5, Dryden 4: CHS got to Cowen for runs in the third and fifth inning.
Vinnie Bellardini bunted for a single leading off the third and stole second. After Darrow walked,, the Purple Tigers pulled off a double steal that enabled Bellardini to score on a Stacy fly ball to center.
In the fifth, Broyles reached on an error, stole second, took third on a passed ball and was singled home by Stacy.
Dryden did its fifth inning damage with two outs off Broyles, starting by singles by Colton White and Aaron Frost. An error brought the first run home. Leadoff man Derek Wilson delivered an RBI single and Cowen brought two Purple Lions home with his ensuing base hit.
Because of the two-out error, all four runs scored on Broyles were unearned.
Darrow pitched the final two innings for CHS, striking out two and allowing one hit. He kept Dryden from adding to the lead, setting to the stage for the Purple Tigers’ bottom of the seventh heroics.
Cortland is scheduled to host Chittenango this afternoon in an OHSL Freedom contest, game time 4:30 p.m. at Beaudry Park.
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