May 30, 2013
Marathon stopped in semifinals by END
ELMIRA — It has been a good run for Marathon Central and its senior class since the beginning of the school year.
For guys like Jeff Contri and Kody Barry there have been league titles, sectional crowns in soccer and basketball and some surprises — as in a near .500 baseball season.
That all came to a tough end Wednesday afternoon as Elmira Notre Dame used an eight-run third inning to overpower the Olympians 12-1 in a Section 4 Class D semifinal contest.
The top-seeded Crusaders (16-5) move on to today’s 4:30 Class D Championship game at SUNY Oneonta against second-seed Hancock (16-5), a 14-1 winner over third-seed Edmeston (15-6) yesterday.
“Walks and mistakes,” Marathon coach Bryan Hoyt said. “We really have not made many mistakes for some time now. We were staying mentally in the game. The pitch counts were low and we cut down the unearned runs. It all kinda collected in the third inning.
“Notre Dame is good too,” he continued. “They hit the ball well. They put it in play and only struck out twice.”
Notre Dame hurler Hunter Thomas allowed just one Marathon hit, a Kyle Young infield single in the second inning, during his four innings of work. Thomas walked two and struck out three.
Tyler Boyles, Derek Marshall and Aaron Carson each pitched an inning in relief. Boyles gave up the one Marathon (9-10) run in the top of the fifth inning.
Tyler Hoellerer drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on an errant pick-off throw by Boyles. Pinch-hitter Isaiah Brooks delivered a two-out single to score Hoellerer from third. That was the only other Olympian hit.
Carson was a big part of the Crusaders offense. He went 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. All nine Notre Dame batters crossed home plate during the game.
Notre Dame got all the runs it needed in the bottom of the first inning of Marathon starter Jeff Contri. Joe Prunier led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Parker May (2-for-4) singled to put runners at the corners. Thomas hit a shot that Olympian third baseman Hoellerer made a great diving stop. He scrambled to his feet, but rushed his throw to home plate. The ball short-hopped catcher Andrew Gillette and bounced away as Prunier scored on the error. May, who stole second, went to third on the play and Thomas stopped at second. Carson hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field to score May and Wyatt Martin (2-for-3) singled home Thomas for the 3-0 cushion.
The Crusaders blew the game open in the third inning with eight runs on five hits and two Marathon errors. In all, a dozen batters stepped to the plate. The big hits were an RBI single by Boyles, a two-run single by Kyle Minchin and a
330-foot, two-run homer by Carson over the left field scoreboard.
That would be the final inning Contri pitched in his high school career. It was a tough way to end an outstanding senior season. He gave up eight hits and just five of the 11 runs were earned. Classmate Andrew Doane came on and pitched the final three innings and did quite well. Doane allowed one run and scattered three hits.
“He has a funny delivery,” Hoyt said of Doane. “It is a little awkward and he throws guys off balance. They just don’t hit the ball very hard off him. I almost started him, but he isn’t a lengthy guy. Guys do start to hit him the second and third time through the order. He is just a good change-up for Jeff or Kody (Barry). We have used Andrew in that role for the last three weeks. Andrew has come in and pitched the final two or three innings.
“He throws good junk,” Hoyt chuckled. “He has a good curveball and he throws a slide pitch. Andrew calls it a half-slide, half something else. It really cuts down from the batter. He has fun and is a good competitor.”
Despite the loss, it was a good overall season and the improvement continues for the Olympians. It was the final game for seniors Contri, Barry, Gillette, Doane and Zack Kenyon.
“I’m still happy with my boys,” Hoyt said. “It was a very good season. We had one win two years ago, last year four wins and this year, we got nine wins and reached the sectional semifinals and playing for the IAC Overall title.
“This group of seniors has been good to us,” he added. “We still do have a lot of young kids coming back next season. Expectations are still high for next year. These are the kind of goals we want to go after.”
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