June 18, 2013
A’s are in 7th heaven
Thanks to an extra-inning victory by the Athletics on Monday night, the Crown City Little League baseball championship is still up for grabs.
The Athletics scored three times in the top of the seventh inning before holding off the Phillies for a 5-4 victory in a championship round contest played at Cortland’s Testa Park.That handed the Phillies their first loss in this double-elimination affair, setting up a winner-take-all rematch to be played Friday at 6 p.m. back at Testa Park.
Jaycob White, who started on the mound for the A’s and allowed just a pair of first inning runs, doubled home two teammates to highlight a three-run rally in the top of the seventh that snapped a 2-2 standoff. Little League games are six-inning affairs.
The Phillies made things interesting with a two-run Zach Discenza single in the bottom of the seventh before hurler Jon Frederick closed the door. Jack Gutchess and Frederick took over the mound duties after White exited following 83 pitches thrown, Fredrick picking up the win.
Key catches in the outfield by Cody Benner and Ben Pace in the fifth and sixth innings helped the Athletics cause. Discenza pitched well into the sixth inning for the Phillies, helped out when second baseman Addon Cranston threw home to catcher Steven Klinger to nab an A’s runner at the plate.
MINOR LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
The Reds came away 15-4 winners over Giants to get the playoffs underway on Monday, as starting pitcher Pearl Hettich allowed just one hit before being lifted in the fourth inning. She struck out six batters during her stint, as Jacob Gilbert came on and struck out two batters and came up with a tag-out at home plate teamming with catcher Tyler Blake.
Hettich also went 3-for-4 for the Reds and earned respect receiving an intentional walk with the bases loaded, as the winners had every player cross the plate. Mike Williams singled home a run for the Reds, who also got clutch hits from Nick Yonta, Jarrod Bush and Ryan Kearney.
Giants starting pitcher Ben Hay struck out six batters in three innings of work.
CONNIE MACK U-18 LEAGUE
While Cortland scored 13 runs over the opening three innings, pitchers Caden Giroux and Nicholai Tubbs combined on a two-hit shutout while posting an 11-0 baseball victory over visiting Tully in the Connie Mack Under-18 League on Monday.
Both Tully hits came off starter Giroux, who struck out six batters over four innings. Tubbs fanned seven batters in his three hitless innings on the mound.
Cortland pitchers received plenty of support from a defense that committed only one error on the evening. Catcher Greg Brown threw out a runner on a steal attempt in the second inning, and first baseman Nate Turkow and shortstop Jake Woods turned a nifty double play in the top of the seventh.
Andrew Babcock was 3-for-4 with a home run and a double to lead Cortland’s 13-hit attack, driving in three runs in the victory.
Zach Whalen tripled home two runs when Cortland jumped ahead 3-0 in the first frame, the other run brought home by a Babcock sacrifice fly. Two walks and two Tully errors led to three more runs in the second.
Whalen’s second triple of the game was followed by Babcock’s home run to left to get the seven-run third inning underway. After two walks, Nate Turkow had a run-scoring single and Justin Prentice a two-run double in the inning.
Babcock concluded his big day with an RBI double that scored Woods — who had singled — in the sixth and came home on a Quinn Kennedy base hit.
Whelan and Kennedy both finished 2-for-3 at the plate.
BABE RUTH LEAGUE
CINCINNATUS — Pitchers David Buff, Nate Latocha, Chris Wagner and Nate Carrroll combined to hold baseball host Cincinnatus to four base hits as Fabius came up with an 8-6 victory in the Cortland County Babe Ruth League on Monday night.
Four runs in the top of the sixth inning broke open a one-run contest, as Fabius made the most of six base hits including a pair of Kyle Mawson doubles. Mawson drove in five runs for Fabius (2-0), while Joey Alnutt had a couple of hits and picked up an RBI.
Connor Smith pitched well for Cincy, striking out seven batters in six innings of mound work. John Liuzzo finished 2-for-4 in the loss.
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