May 2, 2012


Colbert’s clutch HR boosts Lions


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Colton Wilson (1) of Dryden steals second base as Marathon second baseman David Lincoln uses his body to block the ball during Thursday’s IAC baseball match-up.

Brian Colbert has provided power to the Dryden High baseball line-up all season long.
That didn’t change on Tuesday afternoon, as Colbert belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and propel the Purple Lions to a 4-1 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division win over visiting Marathon
The Purple Lions improve to 7-3 in division play and 9-4 overall. The Olympians fall to 3-6 overall
In another North Division game, Union Springs downed Groton 10-2. In IAC North softball play, Small School Division leader Union Springs defeated Groton 5-3.
Dryden 4, Marathon 1: The game was really a pitching duel between Dryden’s John Whitmore and Marathon’s Kody Barry for the first four innings.
The Purple Lions jumped on Barry for a first-inning run when Colton Wilson (2-for-4) reached base on an error to lead off the batting order. He stole second and scored on a single by brother Derek Wilson (2-for-3). That lead held up until the top of the fourth inning.
After retiring nine straight Olympians, Whitmore surrendered a lead-off single to Tyler Hollerer. Hollerer stole second base and crossed the plate on a Barry single. Whitmore allowed just one more hit in the complete game outing with six strikeouts.
“John did a great job of locating tonight,” Dryden coach Kim Brown said. “The ball was down and he got Marathon to roll over several times.”
Dryden finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Derek Wilson led off with a single and Colbert came through with his only hit of the day. Colbert blasted a 3-2 pitch into centerfield for the two runs and a 3-1 lead.
“Brian had a real good at-bat,” Brown said. “He struggled a little in his first two at-bats, but was able to stay focused and deliver when we needed him.”
With two outs in the fifth, Aaron Frost smacked a solo home run to increase the Purple Lion lead to 4-1.
Marathon threatened in the top of the sixth with runners at first and third and one out. Whitmore got out of the jam with a short fly ball to right that wasn’t deep enough for the runner to score from third, and a strikeout.
Dryden will return to action today with a non-league game against visiting Newark Valley. Marathon will be in action next week.
Union Springs 10, Groton 2: Union Springs pitcher Steve Hewitt allowed just two Groton hits in a complete game victory Tuesday.
Union Springs 5, Groton 3: Five errors proved costly for Groton, as Union Springs used the miscues successfully to secure the victory. The Wolves used four unearned runs to take a 4-1 lead through three innings.
“We made little mistakes and a good team like Union Springs knows how to take advantage of them,” Groton Coach Jon D’Antonio said. “We did fight back and I am proud of the girls for that.”
Groton cut the Wolves’ lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Union Springs got a key insurance run. Springs pitcher Marissa Valentino helped her own cause with a solo home run and a 5-2 cushion. Valentino went 3-for-4 at the plate. Jameison Valentino added two hits to the winning attack.
Groton will travel to Lansing today for an IAC doubleheader.


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