June 20, 2007


Post 489 scoring runs in bunches

ITHACA — The Post 489 American Legion baseball team is in high gear offensively.
The Cortland squad posted a double-digit score for the third game in a row — all road victories — Wednesday evening in a 14-5 win over host Ithaca Post 221.
Post 489 had scored an 11-5 win over Binghamton Post 80 last Thursday, and followed that with a 12-0 shutout win over Homer Post 465 Monday.
At the same time, starter and winner Dustin Rainbow (2-0) and reliever Codi Clayton combined to allow only four hits, Rainbow giving up three of those with three strikeouts in four innings and Clayton surrendering one hit and fanning one in two innings of work.
Post 489 (5-3) took charge early, scoring three runs in the first inning and four in the second. RBI singles by Sean Finucane and Dustan DiIorio and an outfield error accounted for the first-inning runs. After Ithaca scored once in the bottom of the first, Cortland third baseman Anthony Pitts snagged a grounder, stepped on third for a force-out and threw home to nail another runner and complete a double play. A popup then ended the inning.
The visitors took firm control of the game in the four-run second, three of the runs coming home on a double to left by Aaron Galutz. After scoring once in the fourth to make it 8-2, Post 489 put up six more runs in the fifth, highlighted by a two-run single from Clayton and a run-scoring single by John Sinsabaugh.
Galutz was 2-for-2 on the night with the double, three RBIs and a run scored, while Finucane went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs. Andrew Foster (double, RBI, run), Ian Spafford (RBI, run) and Sinsabaugh (RBI) all went 2-for-4 for the winners. Clayton collected two RBIs and scored twice.
The same two teams were slated to meet at 7 p.m. today at Beaudry Park.



Dragon women get new coach in Utter

Earl Utter, the men’s ice hockey coach at Morrisville State the past 10 years, has been named the women’s ice hockey head coach at SUNY Cortland.
Utter replaces Jen Kroleski, who stepped down after two seasons to pursue other career opportunities.
Utter compiled an overall record of 177-60-13 at Morrisville and led the program in its transition from the junior college to NCAA Division III ranks. He led the Mustangs to four National Junior College Athletic Association national titles, including three straight from 2004-06 and four in five years, and was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year four times.
Utter was also chosen as the Eastern Junior College Hockey League Coach of the Year on two occasions. His players earned 11 All-America honors along with numerous all-league and all-region awards. Off the ice, his players earned 10 NJCAA Academic All-America and Academic All-Region honors.
Prior to Morrisville, Utter spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Division I Cornell University. He has also served as an assistant coach with the Kalamazoo Junior K-Wings in the North American Hockey League and has coached at the high school and midget levels.
In the summer, Utter has worked for USA Hockey as an instructor at National Player Development camps and as a lecturer in the USA Hockey Coaching Development programs.
Utter earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.




DeRuyter places pair on 1st team

DeRuyter Central seniors Jacob Newton and Nate Sutherland were the only local players named as 2007 Central Counties League baseball first-team all-stars.
Newton was a catcher and a pitcher for the runner-up Rockets this season, while Sutherland anchored the infield at shortstop.
Joining the Rocket duo on the first team — Newton was similarly honored in 2006 — were Keagan Smith, Brett Perry and Jeremy LeClaire from league champion Madison; Taylor Duell, David Cerasani and Brian Graham from an Otselic Valley squad that tied DeRuyter for second; and Darrin Marris and Nate Match from fourth-place Stockbridge Valley.
Named to the second team were junior pitcher-infielder-outfielder Brandon Meacham and junior first baseman Dave Revette from DeRuyter; junior pitcher-infielder Brad MacLean, senior pitcher-infielder Josh Hempstead and junior second baseman-pitcher Tyler Stiles from fifth-place McGraw; sophomore pitcher-utility player Tyler Kemak from sixth-place Cincinnatus and, from Stockbridge Valley, Charles Tooke, Charles Carney and Derek Trew.
Honorable mention went to DeRuyter senior third baseman-outfielder Eric Duncan and sophomore pitcher-outfielder Mike Harris; McGraw senior first baseman Steve Elwood; Cincinnatus freshman pitcher-shortstop Mike Rheinheimer; Madison’s Cody Frost, Luke D’Imperio and Henry Luetters; Aaron Wood from Otselic Valley and Stockbridge Valley’s Kyle Rood.
DeRuyter coach Chad Newton had the following comments on his first-teamers.
On Chad Newton: “Jake was our leader this season, a senior and our most talented player. He hit .588 with an on-base percentage over .700, had six triples, 11 RBIs and scored 18 runs and walked 15 times to lead us in all of those categories. As a pitcher he went 2-2 with 29 strikeouts in 31 innings. He was our verbal leader, as close as a player can come to being an assistant coach. He was a co-captain (with Revette) and did everything extra that was needed.”
On Nate Sutherland: “Nate was our sparkplug as our leadoff hitter. He hit .477 and scored 17 runs, both second on the team, and led us in stolen bases with 23. Most of the times he got on base he got to second — he was only caught stealing twice —and Jake would drive him in. We weren’t sure about using him as leadoff hitter; he hit .200 last year. But he made a huge improvement and did all he could as the leadoff hitter to help us offensively. He also held it down at shortstop, where he can make great plays.”
Final league standings: Madison 8-2, DeRuyter 7-3, Otselic Valley 7-3, Stockbridge Valley 6-4, McGraw 1-8-1, Cincinnatus 0-9-1