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May 24, 2013

 

Olympians play way to semifinals

Barry whiffs 10 to trip Stamford

Not only did Kody Barry pitch a good game to help Marathon Central advance to the Section 4 Class D baseball tournament semifinals on Thursday, he also helped his own cause at the plate.
Barry struck out 10 Stamford batters and smacked a two-run homer to lead Marathon’s 10-hit attack, as the visiting fifth-seed Olympians captured a 9-2 quarterfinal round victory over the fourth-seeded Indians (12-3).
Marathon, now 9-9 overall, will travel to top-seed Elmira Notre Dame Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. contest. The Crusaders (15-5) were 13-0 winners over eighth-seed Windham-Ashland-Jewitt (10-5) in second round play yesterday.
In another Class D game, second-seed Hancock (15-5) defeated 10th-seed Jefferson (10-7) 5-2.
Dryden High was unable to match Interscholastic Athletic Conference North Division cohort Marathon in pulling off a road victory in Class B, as third-seed Oneonta nipped the sixth-seeded Purple Lions 7-6 by scoring the decisive run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Other Class B contests had fourth-seed Waverly blank fifth-seed Susquehanna Valley 4-0 and second-seed Chenango Forks pounded seventh-seed Newark Valley 14-0. Top-seed Chenango Valley had a quarterfinal round bye.
Marathon 9, Stamford 2: “Kody pitched very well,” Marathon coach Bryan Hoyt said of Barry’s mound effort. “His fastball gave Stamford problems, but he really set guys up for his curveball that was really working. He did have some problems with control has he walked seven guys, but he was able to get out of trouble most of the time.”
In the bottom of the fourth and sixth innings, Barry issued a couple of walks to load the bases against the seventh, eighth and ninth batters in the Stamford line-up, only to come back with a pair of strikeouts while facing the top of the order. He would only surrender a fourth-inning during those two sequences.
Marathon gave its starting pitcher all the runs he would need in the top of the first inning as the Olympians scored five times.
Daniel Lincoln led off the game with a strikeout, but the catcher dropped the third strike and Lincoln got to first base. He stole second base and moved to third on an error when the fielder dropped the throw which allowed the ball to roll into center field. Jeff Contri (3-for-5) ripped his first of two doubles down the left field line to score Lincoln. Barry followed with his home run as the lead grew to 3-0.
Andrew Gillette (2-for-3) singled, but he was erased on a fielder’s choice by Kyle Young (2-for-4). After Ryan Tillotson walked, both runners advanced one base on a wild pitch. With two outs, David Lincoln singled to left field, scoring Young and Tillotson.
Stamford got one run back in the second inning, but the Olympians responded with two runs in the third for a 7-1 cushion. Both teams scored a run in the fourth before Marathon added one more run in the fifth.
Andrew Doane relieved Barry in the bottom of the seventh to close the door on any Stamford comeback.
Oneonta 7, Dryden 6: Jon Vega stroked the game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift third-seed Oneonta past Dryden (12-7) in Class B.
The Yellowjackets (13-6) loaded the bases in the seventh against Purple Lion hurler Bruno Bugliosi with a walk, single and another walk. Bugliosi struck out the next batter and got a short flyout that was not deep enough to score the runner from third.
One out away from going into extra-innings, Vega took Bugliosi’s 1-1 pitch and sent the shot over the left fielder’s head to score the winning run.
“The ball hung and he (Vega) put a good swing on it,,” Dryden coach Kim Brown said. “Bruno battled to get to a point where he almost escaped any damage. We needed to eliminate the free pass and we didn’t.
“The top of our line-up would have been up in the top of the eighth, however it didn’t happen” he added. “We battled the entire game today. We were evenlymatched and unfortunately came up a bit short.”
Dryden took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by Derek Wilson. Oneonta answered in the bottom of the inning on Chris Pindar’s two-run homer to take the lead. The Yellowjackets added a run in the third for a 3-1 advantage.
The Purple Lions missed a golden opportunity in the top of the fourth by getting runners to second and third with no outs, but only pushed one run across the plate. Oneonta pushed three runs home in the bottom of the fourth for a 6-2 lead before Dryden mounted a comeback.
Run-producing singles by Alan Davis and Justen Geddes (2-for-4) got the Purple Lions to within 6-4 in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Brian Colbert (2-for-3) drove in two more runs with a triple to knot the score at 6-6.
Dryden appeared to have the momentum until Vega’s clutch hit in the seventh.
“With every defensive starter returning next year due to a line-up dominated by juniors, this group, if mentally focused, has a chance to have a pretty special season next year.” Brown said. “Hopefully we use this close loss as motivation next year.”
— In Section 4 Class D softball, Groton had its home contest against Bainbridge-Guilford postponed by rain Thursday. The two teams were going to try to play today at 11 a.m., but against Mother Nature forced a postponement until Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

 

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