June 19, 2013


Crusaders get nipped in ninth

Rob Moyer delivered in the clutch to put an end to a great pitching duel at Cortland’s Dave Guido Field.
Moyer’s two-out single in the top of the ninth inning broke a 0-0 tie and propelled Southern Tier Thunder to the 3-1 Tri-County Teener League baseball victory over the host Cortland Crusaders Tuesday.
Crusaders reliever Curtis Wilk issued back-to-back walks in the top of the ninth inning with one out. After a fielder’s choice resulted in the second out, Sean Lyons singled to load the bases. Moyer singled to right, scoring two runners. An error on Kaleb Kille’s grounder allowed a third run to score before the final out was recorded.
Will Pace reached on a one-out error in the bottom of the ninth for Cortland. James Lane doubled to left field to score Pace. A pop-out and ground out ended the Crusader comeback bid and ended the game.
Crusader starter pitcher Jake Woods and Matt Williams each tossed six innings of shutout ball. Williams struck out five, walked three and gave up four hits, but the Crusaders could not score a run. Woods allowed five hits, three walks and fanned two Thunder batters in six and one-third innings.
Cortland’s best scoring threat in the seven regulation innings was when Ryan Tillotson (3-for-3) reached third and Matt Pasquarello stood at second with one out. A pop-up to first and fly out ended the threat.
The Thunder got two runners on in the top of the second inning, and again in the third, but Woods pitched his way out of trouble.
Maxx Kies came on in relief for the Thunder in the bottom of the seventh and gave up one unearned run in the bottom of the ninth inning, but was effective otherwise. He allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out four to earn the win.
Mark Ryan had a solid 3-for-4 day at the plate for the Thunder.
Cortland (1-2) will be back in action tonight as the Crusaders host Blue Ridge at 6 p.m. on the Beaudry Park diamond.


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