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May 15, 2013

 

Contri keys Marathon win

BaseballBob Ellis/staff photographer
Jeff Contri, of Marathon, drives a single up the middle for the game winning hit in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday against Moravia.

MARATHON – Jeff Contri has had a remarkable senior season for Marathon Central on the soccer field and basketball court, Contri has been outstanding. After Tuesday afternoon, you can add baseball to his list.
Contri stroked a one-out double in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Dan Lincoln with the winning run in a 6-5 Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Small School Division tiebreaker game against visiting Moravia. The win sends the Olympians (7-8 league & overall) into the IAC Overall Small School Championship game Thursday at 6 p.m. against Small School South champion Elmira Heights Edison (12-2, 15-3 overall) at Dunn Field in Elmira.
“It was a great win and it feels good to grab the division crown,” Marathon coach Bryan Hoyt said. “Now we need to refocus and get ready for Thursday and try to get the Overall IAC Championship.
“We took advantage of Moravia’s errors early on,” he added. “Give credit to Moravia, those kids fought back. They played really solid after the third inning. They hit the ball well tonight.”
Lincoln led off the bottom of the eight with a walk. He stole second second and Contri stroked the winning hit into left field.
Contri pitched six solid innings, but got a no decision. Andrew Doane came on to pitch scoreless seventh and eighth innings to get the win on the mound.
Marathon did jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Dan Lincoln led off with a walk. Kody Barry got on base due to an error as the runners stopped at second and third. Andrew Gillette hit a sacrifice fly to score Lincoln. Kyle Young then reached on an error as Barry scored. Tyler Hoellerer’s RBI single made it 3-0.
Moravia got two runs back in the second. Dylan Richards (2-for-4) and Josh Whitney provided RBI singles with two outs.
The Olympians got a run in the bottom of the third. Ryan Tillotson drew a walk and wound up at third after back-to-back passed balls. David Lincoln hit into a fielder’s choice as Tillotson scored to make it 4-2 Marathon.
The Blue Devils took the lead in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, Ridge Walker (2-for-3) singled. Cole Johnson added a single before Dylan Powers (2-for-5) laced a ground-rule double to score one run. Chase Walker got on base thanks to an Olympian error which also allowed Johnson and Powers to score for a 5-4 Moravia lead.
Marathon answered in the bottom of the sixth inning, tying the game on a two-out single by Kody Barry then drove in Zack Kenyon.
“We could have packed it in, but we fought back,” Hoyt said. “We scored in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game and won it in the eighth.”
Dryden 10, Trumansburg 5: Brian Colbert went 3-for-4 with two doubles, one home run and five RBIs as Dryden (12-6) prepped for sectionals with a 10-5 non-league victory over IAC North rival Trumansburg (11-5).
Derek Wilson (3-for-4) broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI double for the Purple Lions. Colbert followed with a two-run homer to left-centerfield to increase the advantage to 5-2. Dryden added two more runs in the fourth on a Bruno Bugliosi (2-for-3) RBI double and Wilson’s RBI single.
Trumansburg scored twice in the top of the fifth inning to narrow the gap to 7-4, but Dryden secured the win in the sixth with three runs. Colbert provided a two-out, two-run double and Alan Davis (3-for-4) ripped an RBI single to make the score 10-4.
Bugliosi scattered three hits over six innings of work to earn the win. Bugliosi struck out eight Trumansburg batters and walked three.

 

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