May 3, 2012


Cortland bounces back well

MEXICO — After a disappointing end to some unfinished business, the Cortland High baseball team came back strong Wednesday afternoon at Mexico.
The two teams first resumed a game that had been suspended due to darkness back on April 9 in Cortland with the two teams deadlocked at 14-14. Each team scored a run in the eighth before Mexico scored twice in the ninth, the Purple Tigers only able to muster one run in the bottom of the frame in what ended up a 17-16 defeat.
In the regularly-scheduled game that followed, with Mexico as the home team, CHS bounced right back to secure a 7-4 victory.
Mexico 17, Cortland 16, 9 innings: Senior Dylan Stafford went 3-for-3 for Cortland in the first game with a triple, RBI and two runs scored, while sophomore Zach Whelan was 3-for-4 with a run and three stolen bases. Also coming up with three hits apiece were junior Brian Hughes (three RBIs, three runs) and senior Devon Darrow (RBI, two runs), who threw both innings on Wednesday and took the mound loss. Senior Jake Deno went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs for Mexico and was the winning pitcher, while junior Tom LaCelle went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Tigers senior center fielder Ray Eastman made a diving catch on a short fly ball with two runners on to end the game.
Cortland 7, Mexico 4: The Purple Tigers trailed 3-0 before a six-run fifth inning that put them ahead for good en route to a win that improved their record to 4-5 in the OHSL Freedom American Division and 5-7 overall.
Winning pitcher Darrow and senior shortstop Connor Griffin each had two-run singles in the big inning, the latter then scoring as junior Brian Hughes, who played first, third and left field in the contest, blasted a two-run home run over the right field fence.
The winners added another run in the seventh. Walks to right fielder Stafford and relief pitcher Travis (who earned the save), followed by a sacrifice bunt from senior third baseman-catcher Cory Broyles, put men on second and third with one out before a groundout by senior first baseman J.P. Reagan scored Stafford. The hosts scored once in the bottom of the seventh for the final margin.
Darrow gave up four hits and three earned runs with a strikeout in four innings, while over the final three innings Travis gave up four hits and an earned run while fanning two.
Senior starter-second baseman Carlton Loomis, who was the losing pitcher, and junior right fielder Matt Hirsch had two hits apiece for Mexico, now 2-7 league and 2-8 overall.
“We didn’t play a very clean first game throughout, and it came back to bite us,” CHS coach Ben Albright said. “Basically we started a new game at 0-0, with whoever scored and held the lead first the winner.
“In the second game we finally got the lead, and when that happens it relaxes everyone. Brian’s home run put it away and lit a fire under us.”
CORTLAND JVs beat Mexico 10-2 as Victor McCutcheon went 3-for-5 with three runs and two stolen bases and Tyler Straka was 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and a run. In addition, Quinn Kennedy went 2-for-3 for CHS (8-1) with an RBI and two runs while Andrew Babcock had one hit, two walks, an RBI and two runs. Winning pitcher Sage Brown had three strikeouts in five innings, while reliever Nikolai Tubbs didn’t allow any hits and had four strikeouts over the final two innings.
Both Purple Tiger teams were to host Phoenix today starting at 4 p.m. and East Syracuse-Minoa Friday in doubleheaders, with 4:30 p.m. starting times. The varsity games were slated for Beaudry and the JV contests for Dave Guido Field.


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