June 13, 2009


Two hits all Cortland needs to upend host

Cortland knocked off previous unbeaten Newark Valley 4-1 in Saturday’s U14 Southern Tier Teeners League baseball road outing, making the most of just two base hits.
Brian Hughes pitched six shutout innings and Justin Sidebottom allowed a lone Newark Valley run in the bottom of the seventh as Cortland improved to 2-0 on the season.
The CNY Marauders out of Homer are off to a 3-0 start in the U14 Southern Tier Teeners League after rolling past host Chenango Valley 15-7 in a five-inning affair.
In a U16 Southern Tier Teeners doubleheader, the CNY Marauders sweep a doubleheader from Binghamton by posting 4-1 and 9-0 wins at Homer High School.
Cortland 4, Newark Valley 1: Hughes struck out 11, walked three and allowed three hits for Cortland.
The visitors did all of their damage in a four-run first inning, started with a Victor McCutcheon bunt single. McCutcheon stole second and scored the game’s first run when Matt Condit reached on an error.
Condit stole second, took third when the catcher’s throw ended up in the outfield and made it 2-0 on a wild pitch. After walks to Will Lessard and Hughes, and a double steal, a Caden Giroux sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch brought the two final Cortland runs home.
A fourth inning single by Alec Edwards was the only other Cortland hit. Newark Valley’s lone run came in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out error after loading the bases with a pair of walks and a single. Sidebottom got two strikeouts in his seventh inning mound stint.
Cortland visits Apalachin tonight and Maine-Endwell Wednesday in a pair of 6 p.m. starts.
Homer 15, Chenango Valley 7: After giving up six runs in the first inning, the Marauders rallied to victory including a 11-run outburst in the top of the third inning. Pitcher Taylor Withiam (2-0) came in to relieve the Marauder starter and held the hosts to two hits over the final four innings to secure the mercy-rule win.
Two walks, two wild pitches a a couple of outfield errors helped Chenango Valley to grab that early 6-0 lead, the Marauders taking over for good when 15 batters stepped to the plate in that 11-run third inning that produced a 13-6 lead.
Jake Casey (2x4) started off the third inning rally with a single and also picked up his second hit later in the same inning. The biggest hit of the inning a two-run single by Josh Apker, while Casey stole home for the final run of the frame.
After adding two more runs in the fifth inning, Leo Riley came in relief for Withiam and got the final three outs. Other key contributors for the Marauders were Matt Norris on defense and Chris Lee, who drove in two runs. The CNY Marauders host Vestal Rotary V at 6 p.m. tonight at Homer High School.
Marauders 4, Binghamton 1: Starter Kevin McNeil and Ethan Forster combined to hold Binghamton to a lone run.
McNeil pitched five innings of one-run ball until he got into trouble in the sixth inning when Binghamton had three straight singles to load the bases. Forster was brought in and left the bases loaded, striking out the first two batters he faced, and worked the sixth inning for the save.
“McNeil pitched strong on Saturday. He moved his pitches around the strike zone and mixed in his fastball, change-up, and curveball beautifully. It was a great pitching performance to watch,” said Marauders coach Mike DiMattei, his starter striking out seven while allowing eight hits.
Homer’s Mike Hartnett (2x2) and Brent Quinlan (2x3) led the offense for the Marauders.
Marauders 9, Binghamton 0: Tyler Cowen out of Dryden allowed just one hit and struck out eight Binghamton batters going 5-2/3 innings and reaching the league-mandated pitch count for the Marauders.
The Marauders belted out 14 hits led by Homer’s Andy Parker, who finished 3-for-3 with a triple and drove in two runs. Cazenovia’s Ben Langey (2x3), Homer’s Zephan Kash (2x3, RBI), Homer’s Ethan Forster (2x3, 2 RBIs) and Homer’s Hugh Kiernan (2-3, RBI) were also productive.
The Marauders will visiting Chenango Valley Grey tonight and then have the rest of the week off before participating in the Mansfield Father’s Day tournament June 20-21.