June 4, 2008


Marathon, Groton diamond victims

CANDOR — Marathon Central dug itself too big a hole in the first two innings of Tuesday’s Section 4 Class C baseball semifinal contest against second seed Candor.
The host Indians scored a dozen runs on a dozen hits in those two innings en route to a high-scoring 19-15 victory, closing out the third-seeded Olympian season at 14-6.
In Section 4 Class C softball quarterfinal action, third-seed Southern Cayuga shutout sixth-seed Groton 8-0, top-seed Elmira Notre Dame pounded eight-seed Union Springs 11-1 and fifth-seed Binghamton Seton Catholic blanked fourth-seed Elmira Heights Edison 4-0. Second-seed Tioga defeated seventh-seed Sidney Monday by a 5-2 count.
Candor 19, Marathon 15: “I was real proud of how our guys tried to battle back,” said Marathon coach Dick Barry. “We did dig a big hole, but Candor only got a few hits after getting 12 hits in those first two innings.
“Overall, we had a good season,” Barry added. “I thought the guys did well.”
Winning pitcher Jordan Updyke hit a three-run homer as part of the five-run first inning as second-seed Candor (18-4) took a 5-1 lead. Cody Rose plated the other two runs with a double.
The Indians added seven more runs in the second as two singles and an error quickly loaded the bases. Cody Rose drew a walk to force in one run before Jake Tubbs (3-for-5) doubled in two more runs. Updyke delivered a two-run single with Brett Bensley and Josh Applegate also adding RBI singles.
The Olympians scored four runs in the top of the fifth. Adam Lantry singled and Derrek Root hit a double to put runners at second and third. Brett McGowan stroked a two-run double and David McDonald drew a walk, but runners advance one base on a passed ball. Junior varsity call-up Mike Bellefleur (4-for-4) ripped a two-run single to score both McGowan and McDonald.
Cnador led 14-7 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when the Indians scored five more runs to seal the victory. Dan Wood belted a two-run homer during the outburst.
Trailing 19-7, Marathon mounted a near-miraculous comeback bid. Aubrey Brown drove in one run with a single and Root followed with a two-run single with bases loaded. Wiley, McDonald and Bellefluer also had RBI singles to plate six of those seven runs.
Corey Smith had pitched the sixth inning for the Indians with Bensley starting the seventh. Bensley surrendered all eight runs and had two outs recorded. With the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate, Mick Thomas came on to pitch for Candor and got a foul pop-up to end the game.
Candor will meet IAC Division II rival Elmira Heights Edison in the 4:30 p.m. Class C Championship game Thursday at Union-Endicott High School.
Top-seed Edison (19-4) advanced with a 10-5 win over fifth-seed Sidney.
Southern Cayuga 8, Groton 0: Kim Willis hit a two-out home run in the bottom of the first inning to give Southern Cayuga (18-2) the only run it would need as Lianna May and Julie Hewitt shared the pitching duties and held Groton to two hits.
“Southern Cayuga did overpower us with its pitching,” said Groton coach John D’Antonio. “We did get some scoring chances, but could never get the hit to score the run. It is ironic that three of our six losses were to Southern Cayuga.
“I was proud of what we did this season,” D’Anotonio continued. “We had a great season overall. We lose four seniors, but we have a lot to look forward to next season.”
Southern Cayuga added three runs in the second and one run in the fifth, but Coach D’Anotonio is thought Groton (16-6) could rally. The Chiefs sealed the win with three runs in the sixth.
Southern Cayuga will travel to Tioga for one semifinal game Thursday while Elmira Notre Dame hosts Seton Catholic in the other.