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May 19, 2010

 

Tigers secure sectional spot

SYRACUSE — The Cortland High baseball team got the win it needed to qualify for the Class A sectionals in emphatic fashion Tuesday afternoon.
The Purple Tigers got at least one hit from 10 different players, 13 in all in the contest, and rolled to a 13-0 OHSL Freedom Division win over host Fowler, improving to 7-7 in league play and 8-9 overall.
“It was a good game to win to put ourselves in sectionals,” CHS coach John Tobin said. “We played well defensively. It was nice that we were finally able to give Brandon (Watkins) some support in the field. It’s not so much the errors, but the plays we didn’t make behind him.”CHS starter Watkins pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and strikingout two, to get the win and improve to 3-2 on the season.
“Fowler came in having played three games in the last three days,” added Tobin, that stretch including two victories over the weekend to claim the championship of the Robert Southworth Syracuse City Tournament. “Their kids looked arm-weary and tired.”
The visitors got on the board early, Alex Stacy drawing a walk in the first, stealing second and eventually scoring on an errant pickoff throw. Devon Darrow stole home in the second on the back end of a double steal, Cortland scoring another run on an error to go up 3-0 before Justin Burns cracked a two-run home run in the third, the winners’ only hit in the game that plated more than one run.
The Purple Tigers scored three times in the fourth, the key hit a double to Stacy, then added one in the sixth and four more in the seventh on six hits, including an RBI double by Ryann Hubbard, who went 3-for-5 with the two-bagger, three RBIs and a run scored on the day.
Stacy was the only other CHS player with more than one hit, going 2-for-5 with the double and two runs.
After Watkins’ mound stint, Tony Whitt (one hit, two strikeouts) and Brian Hughes (one hit, one strikeout) each threw an inning of scoreless relief. Yenser Perez went 2-for-2 and Tommie Spinner was 2-for-4 for Fowler, which fell to 1-13 in the league and 3-14 overall.
Cortland closes out the regular season by visiting Jamesville-DeWitt at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Homer Friday in a 4:15 p.m. start.