May 29, 2010
Groton, Dryden ousted
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dryden’s Isaac Vandeweert (8) steals second base in the first inning with Oneonta shortstop Logan Pondolfino (7) covering the bag in the first inning of Friday’s Section 4 Class B tournament contest. Dryden’s season came to an end, losing 18-10.
ELMIRA HEIGHTS — Elmira Heights Edison took no chances Friday as the Section 4 Class C baseball tournament moved into the quarterfinal round.
The top-seeded Spartans turned to ace Zach Levanduski and he pitched a solid game for six innings going up against visiting Groton Central.
Levanduski struck out nine batters and walked three while his teammates scored in every inning during an 11-5 victory over the eighth-seeded Indians.
Edison (19-1) will move to the semifinal round and face fourth-seed Binghamton Seton Catholic, a 17-3 winner over fifth-seed Newark Valley.
On the other side of the C bracket, Newfield will meet Sidney in the semifinals. The Trojans stopped Spencer-Van Etten 7-1 while Sidney slipped by Tioga 1-0.
In Class B quarterfinal action, sixth-seed Oneonta upset third-seed Dryden in an 18-10 slugfest, Chenango Valley clipped Chenango Forks 2-1 and Lansing topped Owego 5-1. Lansing will meet Chenango Valley in the semifinals while Oneonta will play Windsor, a 5-2 winner over Susquehanna Valley Thursday.
Elmira Heights Edison 11, Groton 5: “We did not get off to a good start,” Groton coach Gary Giroux said. “We let them score in every inning. You can’t give a good team like them extra outs and expect to win.
“We also had several good scoring chances early in the game, but could not capitalize,” he added. “We had bases loaded in the fifth and sixth innings and runners at the corners in the seventh when those innings ended.”
Chuck Gulbo led the Edison offense. Gulbo went 3-for-5 with a double. Zach Bellinger added a 2-for-4 effort.
Sammy Wright was the hitting star for Groton (7-9). Wright went 3-for-4 while teammate Austin Tompkins swung a solid 2-for-4 bat.
Tompkins also earned defensive praise from Giroux after several nice running catches in the outfield.
Oneonta 18, Dryden 10: After breaking a 6-6 tie through three innings with a big five-run explosion in the top of the fifth inning, Oneonta (12-8) plated four more runs in the top of the sixth to seal the quarterfinal round victory.
Colby Gee did everything he could to keep the Purple Lions in the contest. Gee went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and six RBIs.
Joel Whitmore (two RBIs) and Pat Perkins each added 2-for-3 efforts for Dryden (12-5).
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