June 7, 2010


Cortland U12 rolls in opener

VESTAL — Cortland opened its Southern Tier Teener League 12U baseball season with a solid all-around effort Saturday.
The result was a 10-1 victory over host Vestal with good pitching, timely hitting and steady defense.
In 16U Division play, the Apalachin Yankees handed the local CNY Marauders 16U squad an 8-2 opening day setback.
Cortland 10, Vestal 1: Quinn Kennedy allowed just a first-inning run while striking out six Vestal batters over four innings to record the win. Justin Prentice and Josh Watkins worked the final three innings in relief.
Zach Whelan’s RBI single gave Cortland a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before Sage Brown doubled and later scored the go-ahead run in the second for Cortland. The visitors scored seven more runs in the top of the third to take control. A bunt single by Victor McCutcheon started the outburst. Kennedy helped his own cause with a two-run double in the inning.
Brown, Greg Brown and Andrew Babcock each delivered two hits for Cortland. Greg Brown also threw out three Vestal runners trying to steal a base. Cortland ended the game with a 6-4-3 double play.
Cortland will return to action tonight as Maine-Endwell comes to Barry Elementary School for a 6 p.m. contest.
Apalachin Yankees 8, CNY Marauders 2: Marauder pitcher Payten Boice had control trouble on the mound as Apalachin scored five times in the top of the first inning and plated its other three runs in the second for the crossover victory. Apalachin plays in the International League while the Marauders play in the National League. Boice walked four batters and surrendered two hits in the first inning and was relieved by Jake Casey with two outs in the second. Casey pitched through the fifth inning with Mike Harnett tossing the final two innings.
Casey got one of the two Marauders’ hits leading off the bottom of the first inning. He later scored on a throwing error.
The Marauders scored again in the second inning. Tom Belton walked and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Belton was attempting to go to third base on a hit-and-run play as Kyle Ritz hit a slow-roller down the third base line. Ritz beat the throw to first and, as the play bounced away from the first baseman, Belton scored.
Connor L’Hommedieu got the only other hit for the Marauders, who travel to Maine-Endwell tonight to begin National League play.


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