June 19, 2007


Post 489 hurler Fulton shuts down Homer hitters

Post 489

Photo provided by Bill Sinsabaugh
Cortland Post 489 pitcher Tim Fulton allowed just three hits and struck out 12 in a 12-0 win over Homer Post 465 Monday.

Tim Fulton was sharp Monday night.
The Cortland Post 489 pitcher threw a complete-game three-hitter with 12 strikeouts to lead his team to a 12-0 American Legion baseball romp over host Homer Post 465.
“Tim was great. It was hands down the best game he’s ever pitched,” said Cortland coach Jeff Flegler, whose team is now 4-3 on the season. “He had their hitters off-balance all night, and Sean (catcher Sean Finucane) called a great game behind the plate.”
Fulton struck out the side in the first, fourth and sixth innings, the latter after a leadoff triple by Homer’s Nick Biondi.
Anthony Pitts led an 11-hit Post 489 attack, going 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. John Sinsabaugh went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs, while Finucane tripled and also drove in two runs.
The winners got all the runs they’d need in the first on an RBI single by Aaron Galutz and a sacrifice fly by Finucane. Cortland added five runs in the third, keyed by two-run singles by Sinsabaugh and Pitts, and added four more in the sixth to make it 11-0 as Pitts doubled home a run, Andrew Foster had an RBI single and Finucane and Ian Spafford both walked with the bases loaded.
The winners tacked on a final run in the seventh for the final margin.
Ryne Austin’s double and a single by Matt Murphy were the only other hits for Homer (3-3). Starter Andy Pagan took the loss.
“Our boys played real well tonight,” Flegler said. “We had a good approach at the plate and played good defense. What was most impressive was our patience at the plate. Their pitchers struggled to throw strikes and our hitters took what they gave us.
“We’re now one up on Homer and Marathon in the race for the top seed in Cortland County,” he added, Cortland with an 11-9 win at Marathon back on June 3. Marathon beat host Homer 7-5 on June 9.
Post 489 was slated to host Ithaca Post 221 at 6 p.m. today at Beaudry Park before traveling to Ithaca Wednesday for a 7 p.m. rematch. Homer hosts Lansing at 6 p.m. Wednesday.




Tavern tightens up chase for 1st

Three teams are bunched at the top of the Cortland Fast Pitch Softball League standings after Monday night’s play.
The Tavern beat King Sub 3-1 and is now 7-3 on the season, the winners moving percentage points in the league standings behind both King Sub and Amelia’s Ristorante at 6-2.
Amelia’a Ristorante handled Central City Bar & Grill 6-1 last night, with Central City Bar and Grill pulling double duty and pounding Mr. B’s 29-13.
The Tavern 3, King Sub 1: Playing with only eight players, The Tavern got a complete-game two-hitter with four strikeouts from Mike Holl. Brian Taylor cracked a three-run home run deep to center in the bottom of the third to account for all of the winners’ scoring. Taylor went 2-for-3 with the homer, three RBIs and a run scored. Holl had a no-hitter into the sixth before giving up a solo home run to T.J. Griffin.
Jeff Carr allowed only five hits and fanned five for King Sub, which has been handed both of its losses by its sister team.
Amelia’s 6, Central City 1: Denny Zach tossed a three-hitter with three strikeouts and allowed just one unearned run, out-dueling his grandson Josh Zach, who surrendered eight hits and fanned one batter for Central City.
Sean Caughey went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and Jared Wood drove in two runs and scored another for the winners.
Central City 29, 29, Mr. B’s 13: Greg Newkirk led a 29-hit Central Cities attack, going 6-for-7 with a homer and a double, while Ryan Dubois went 5-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and five runs and Matt Cob was 4-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs. Brian Hart (triple, RBI, three runs), Mike Lowie (double, RBI, three runs) and Seth McMahon (double, three RBIs, two runs) had three hits apiece for the winners, while Dave Holland homered, drove in two runs and scored twice.
Trevor Bush went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run and Shane Cameron 2-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and two runs for Mr. B’s, while Kubby Burke homered, had two RBIs and scored twice.
Senior Bulldogs Win
The Cortland Bulldogs knocked off Simmons-Rockwell Monday 13-11 in Senior League softball play.
The Bulldogs had 20 hits with Steve Hadzicki leading the way, going 4 for 4 with two doubles.  Mike Dexter and Dave Barber had three hits each at Meldrim Field in Cortland.
 The entire Bulldogs lineup had at least one hit each and played sound defense to preserve the victory over a higher divisional foe.  The victory moves the Bulldogs to 3-1 on the season.