May 27, 2011
McGraw baseball advances with win
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
McGraw shortstop Mark Hitt fields a ball in the first inning for an out at first base against Lyme Thursday in the Section 3 Class D second round. McGraw won at home, 8-2.
McGRAW — The McGraw Central baseball team advanced in the Section 3 Class D tournament Thursday afternoon with an 8-2 quarterfinal win over visiting Lyme.
At the same time, the host Eagles’ softball squad saw its season end in a 9-7 first-round loss to Remsen in the D sectionals.
McGraw 8, Lyme 2: The fourth-seeded Eagles (11-4) did all of their scoring in the first five innings and earned a berth in the semifinals, visiting the top-seeded Brookfield (14-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Central Counties League champion Beavers improved to 14-0 Thursday with an 11-6 quarterfinal win over No. 9 Copenhagen.
Junior third baseman Austin Chambers doubled in the second inning and later scored on an error. Junior shortstop Mark Hitt singled in two more runs in the fourth and later scored on an error. a single by sophomore leftfielder Justin Morgan. The winners then sealed the verdict with four runs in the fifth, keyed by two Lyme errors and an RBI single by sophomore leftfielder Justin Morgan.
Lyme scored both of its runs in the top of the sixth.
Hitt (two RBIs, two runs) and Chambers (two doubles, two runs) both went 2-for-3 and sophomore winning pitcher Nick Cowen went 2-for-4. Cowen threw a complete-game four-hitter with 11 strikeouts, no one managing more than one hit for the visitors.
“Nick was outstanding tonight,” McGraw coach Abe Johnson said. “He didn’t have his best stuff, but made pitches when he had to in a gutsy performance.
“Our defense has been good all year, but everyone stepped up today and we played a great team game.”
The winner of Saturday’s game will face either second-seeded New York Mills (14-3) or No. 6 Sackets Harbor (12-6) for the sectional Class D championship Tuesday at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, the game slated to start at 4:30 p.m.
IN CLASS D SOFTBALL —
Remsen 9, McGraw 7: The 13th-seeded Rams (5-6) trailed by a run heading into the seventh inning before scoring three times in the top of that inning and holding No. 4 McGraw scoreless in the bottom of the frame.
Remsen led 2-0 before the hosts tied the game with a pair of runs in the fourth. The Rams then scored four runs in the top of the fifth to go up 6-2 before the Eagles scored twice in the fifth and then added three more in the sixth, tying the game on a triple by sophomore Nicole Purcell, for a 7-6 lead heading into the seventh.
Natalia DeGristina’s two-run triple keyed the winners’ fateful frame, and she went 2-for-2 in the game with the triple, two RBIs and two runs scored on the day while teammate Rayne Paddock went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Freshman Courtney Purcell went 3-for-4 and scored a run for McGraw, which finished the season at 8-4, while sophomore Shelby Mix went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run.
“We had a great season with a young team. We will miss our seniors next year,” Eagles coach Joe Seamans said of upperclassmen Rachel Beverly, Alyssa Petrella and Serena Pickert-Byran.
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