May 15, 2010


Dryden upends Groton

GrotonJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Groton’s Stacy Case, left, and first baseman Courtney Ward collide while tracking down an infield fly ball in the third inning of Friday’s IAC softball game at Dryden. Groton was nipped 6-5.

DRYDEN — Brian Colbert is only an eighth-grader, but he came up big for Dryden High Friday.
Colbert delivered a clutch two-run single in the third inning to give the Purple Lions a 4-1 lead. Dryden went on to post a 4-2 victory over Groton in Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division baseball action. The Purple Lions are now 11-1 in division and overall play. The Indians fall to 6-8 in division and overall play.
In league softball play, Dryden pulled out a 6-5 victory over visiting Groton. On the IAC golf links, Groton edged Marathon 212-214.
Dryden 4, Groton 2: Dryden took advantage of a throwing error by Groton in the bottom of the second inning to put two runs on the board. Josh Hathaway (2-for-3) and Joel Whitmore scored on the play for a 2-0 Purple Lion lead.
After Groton scored once in the top of the third, Colbert struck the key blow for the security runs the Purple Lions needed.
Logan Wannall plated one Indian run and had the game’s only extra base hit, the double that scored Nick Conway.
Brandon Pollock drove the other Groton run with a single in the fourth inning.
Conway pitched a solid game for Groton. He allowed just two earned runs while striking out 10 Indians and surrendering seven hits in the complete game loss.
Pat Perkins pitched five innings to earn the win with Tyler Cowen coming on in the sixth inning and getting the save. Perkins struck out nine Groton batters while Cowen fanned four in relief.
Marathon 8, Whitney Point 3: Tyler Zelsnack had his best game of the season.
The Marathon junior went 3-for-4 with a double and five RBIs as Marathon (3-10 league & overall) posted the North Division win Friday.
“Tyler had a nice game,” Marathon coach Dick Barry said. “All the guys played very good tonight.”
Whitney Point (2-12, 2-14 overall) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Josh Lincoln kept the Golden Eagles off the scoreboard for the next five innings. Mike Bellefleur pitched the seventh inning for the Olympians. Anthony Pagano was the losing pitcher, but he drove home two of the runs in the first. He later scored the third Golden Eagle run.
Marathon got three runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game. Zelsnack plated two runs with a single and he later scored the tying run on a fielder’s choice.
The Olympians scored three more runs in the fifth to take the lead. Lincoln helped his own cause with an RBI single.
Zelsnack brought two more runners across home plate with a single. Zelsnack plated the final two Olympian runs in the seventh with his double.
Marathon will close out the regular season Monday at Trumansburg.
Dryden 6, Groton 5: For the second time this season, Dryden High used seventh-inning heroics to defeat Groton. Purple Lion senior catcher Alex Merriman hit a two-run double to score the tying and winning run during the 6-5 North Division comeback victory.
“It’s been the story of our season,” Groton coach John D’Antonio said. “This is our fifth one-run loss in the seventh inning. We just could not finish it off.
“Give Dryden credit,” he added. “They can hit the ball. This is the second time they have beaten us in the seventh inning this season.”
Merriman capped Senior Day activities by going 3-for-4 and she drove in four of her team’s six runs. Marla Walkuski added a 2-for-4 effort to the Dryden (11-5) attack.
Molly Dempsey, Allison Case and Courtney Ward each had two hits for the Groton (6-10).
Dryden and Groton will now await word of where they will go for Section 4 Tournament action.
Groton’s Brett Conger and Marathon’s Tyler Nelson shared medalist honors at Stonehedges Golf Course Friday, but it was Conger and his Indian teammates who pulled out the narrow 212-214 IAC win. The Olympians are now 9-5 in league matches, 11-5 overall.
Conger and Nelson each shot four-over par rounds of 40 on the back nine on Groton’s home course.
The next two golfers for each team matched scores as well.
Marathon’s Cameron Turner and Groton’s Mike Grieger each posted scores of 41 while Zack Brandstadt of Marathon and Kyle Shaw from Groton each carded rounds of 42.
John Hilker and Kyle Reed sealed the win for Groton.
Hilker shot 44 and Reed shot 45, while Olympians Cody Morrison and Robbie Peri carded 45 and 46, respectively.
“It was a great match,” Marathon coach Chip Stewart said. “It came right down to the fifth and sixth man. We came up a little short, but it was still a great match.”