May 8, 2013
Purple Tigers take over top spot
Spartans swept at Beaudry Park
A long afternoon and evening of baseball turned out to be fruitful for Cortland High on Tuesday.
The Purple Tigers swept visiting East Syracuse-Minoa in a doubleheader at Beaudry Park, 9-3 in the first game and 9-0 in the second, to improve to 8-2 in the OHSL Freedom American Division.
That puts Coach Ben Albright’s team atop the American Division standings, a half-game ahead of both Homer (7-2) — which trounced Mexico 21-5 (see related story) — and Jamesville-DeWitt, now 8-3 league after a 9-1 loss to Bishop Ludden.
CHS got complete games from both senior starting pitchers, Justin Sidebottom allowing eight hits with eight strikeouts with no walks in the opener and Brian Hughes tossing a three-hitter in the second game, fanning 12 Spartans.
“Justin had another dominant performance, continuing a great senior run,” Cortland coach Ben Albright said. “We knew coming into the season that Brian would be a dominant pitcher, and he showed it. Together, they saved the rest of our arms for the rest of the week.
“We ran the bases aggressively and everyone played at a higher level in the first game. with 15 hits, we didn’t run as much in the second game. “
Cortland 9, ES-M 3: The Purple Tigers, now 11-3 overall, scored four runs over the first three innings of the first game and never looked back. Sophomore third baseman Andrew Babcock singled home the fiirst two runs of the contest in the first inning before RBI singles by junior center fielder Victor McCutcheon in the second and sophomore left fielder Justin Prentice in the third made it 4-0.
ES-M (4-7 Freedom National, 4-9 overall) got two runs back in the top of the fourth before CHS scored three times in the fifth and twice in the sixth. Junior shortstop Zach Whelan doubled home the first run in the fifth, and he came home on a double steal before a wild pitch scored Babcock, who had walked and gone around to third on the double steal. Sophomore second baseman Sage Brown singled home the first run in the sixth and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Hughes.
The Spartans strung together three singles in the seventh to push across a run and account for the final margin. Sidebottom, who improved to 4-0, threw 61 strikes and 24 balls.
McCutcheon (RBI, run scored) and Prentice (RBI) both went 2-for-3 for the winners, while ES-M junior second baseman Greg Fingar went 2-for-4.
Cortland 9, ES-M 0: The late game was a makeup of a rained out contest from last month, with the Spartans the home team. Hughes used his slider to dominate their lineup, and got all the runs he’d need in the first when Whelan doubled home the first run before a passed ball plated junior right fielder Caden Giroux, who had singled.
Whelan walked in the third and later scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Sidebottom to make it 3-0. Cortland then broke the game open with a five-run fourth. McCutcheon tripled and scored on a single by Giroux, who subsequently came around on a double by Whelan. Prentice then singled home both Hughes, who had walked, and Sidebottom singled home Prentice.
Babcock walked in the sixth and later scored on a single by Prentice to account for the final score.
Giroux went 3-for-4 in the game with an RBI and two runs. Whelan (two RBIs, two runs) and Hughes (double, RBI, run) both went 2-for-3, while McCutcheon (double, two runs) and Brown each went 2-for-4. Senior center fielder Isaiah Prior and junior designated hitter Greg Brown each collected their first varsity hit in the contest.
Cortland was scheduled to host Bishop Ludden today and Fulton on Thursday, both in 4:30 p.m. starts at Beaudry Park.
CORTLAND JVs also swept ES-M, winning the first game 12-0 and the second game 6-2. Nickolai Tubbs threw a complete-game one-hitter with eight strikeouts in the opener while Matt griffin went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and a run and Tyler Straka was 2-for-3 with two runs. Jake Prignon went the distance in the second game, allowing six hits with three strikeouts. Straka went 3-for-3 with two runs while Aidan Stehm was 2-for-3 and scored twice.
The JVs were to host Fulton in a double-header Thursday at Dave Guido Field in a 4:30 p.m. start before visiting Bishop Ludden on Friday.
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