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May 18, 2010

 

CHS home runs knock off Bears

The Cortland High baseball team used the long ball Monday afternoon to get one step closer to qualifying for the Class A sectionals.
Justin Burns hit a two-run homer in the fourth and winning pitcher Alex Stacy clouted a three-run shot in the fifth as the Purple Tigers overcame an early deficit and scored a 5-4 win over visiting Chittenango at Beaudry Park.
Coach John Tobin’s Purple Tigers are now 6-7 in the OHSL Freedom Division and 7-9 overall, needing one win in their final three games this week to qualify for the postseason.
“Stacy pitched well,,” Tobin said of the junior right-hander. “He got into some trouble and worked his way out, and (Matt) Carr finished up well. We played good defense, made some plays and didn’t commit any errors, and they only had one error. It was a very quick game.”
The Bears (8-7 league, 11-8 overall) scored the first two runs of the game, one each in the first and second innings. Wesley Burghardt beat out an infield single with two outs in the first and scored on a triple to center by Greg Jasek. While in the second Zack Drake walked, went to second on a sacrifice by Brendan Galek and scored on a double to left-center by Devin Christopher.
Cortland tied the game in the fourth as Ryann Hubbard singled with one out before Burns homered to left, his third of the season. Brandon Watkins then doubled to left-center, but was stranded.
Ryan Flatt opened the home half of the fifth with an infield single, advancing to second on an error on the same play, and after Tony Whitt also beat out an infield single to put runners at the corners Stacy crashed what proved to be the game-winner, his third homer this spring, over the leftfield fence.
After failing to score with men on first and third with no outs in the sixth, Stacy snagging a liner and doubling the runner off first before getting an inning-ending grounder, the Bears made it close with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh.
Erik Kurz singled to center and Burghardt singled to left to put men on first and second before Carr came on in relief. Jasek then doubled down the leftfield line to score Kurz, and a wild pitch scored Burghardt and sent Jasek to third with no outs. Carr got a strikeout and walked Mike Moon before a wild pitch sent Moon to second, Jasek holding third. Carr then got a strikeout and a groundout to end the game and record his first save of the season.
Stacy (homer, three RBIs) and Hubbard both went 2-for-3 for the winners. Stacy allowed nine hits and four earned runs in six innings with four strikeouts, while Carr gave up one hit and fanned one while not surrendering any runs. Burghardt went 3-for-3 with two runs for Chittenango, complemented by Devin Christopher, who went 2-for-3 with a run, and Jasek, who was 2-for-4 with a triple, double and two RBIs.
Cortland was to close the regular season with three road games, visiting Fowler this afternoon, Jamesville-DeWitt on Thursday and Homer at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
CORTLAND JVs were beaten 10-7 by Chittenango, the Bears scoring eight times in the sixth inning for a come-from-behind win. The visiting Bears trailed 7-2 heading into the sixth and used five hits, four walks and a Cortland error to fashion their outburst. Matt Condit went 2-for-2 for the Purple Tigers, now 9-5, while Dylan Stafford went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs and Cory Broyles also had two hits.
Cortland travels to Jamesville-DeWitt on Thursday and hosts Homer at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Dave Guido Field to close out the season.