June 20, 2007


Homer, Cortland triumph


Photo provided by Bill Sinsabaugh
Dustan DiIorio gets hand shake from Cortland Post 489 coach Jeff Flegler after legging out triple during last night’s Beaudry Park win over Ithaca.

Homer Post 465 and Cortland Post 489 both came up with big victories acting as American Legion baseball hosts on Wednesday.
Ryne Austin settled downed after a tough second inning and tossed a six-hitter as Post 465 scored a big 15-4 win over Lansing at Homer High School. Post 465 improves to 4-3 overall with the win.
Cortland Post 489 nipped visiting Ithaca Post 221 by a 6-5 count in a tight battle at Beaudry Park, improving to 6-3-1 with a fourth straight victory.
Homer (465) 15, Lansing 4: “Ryne kept the Lansing hitters off-balance and threw strikes,” said Homer coach Dennis Bruce. “Other than hitting three batters, Ryne did not allow a walk and he struck out four batters. It makes a big difference if you can keep guys off the bases.
“Tonight just happened to be our night,” Bruce added. “Baseball is a funny game. You can look terrible one night and great the next. I guarantee that Lansing will play much better Sunday when we travel to Cornell for the rematch.”
Post 465 jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Eric Rosato and Anthony Brevetti hit back-to-back doubles, which were followed by a single from Matt Murphy.
The big triple by T.J. French helped Lansing tie the game in the top of the second, but Austin would surrender just four hits the rest of the game.
After taking a 3-2 lead in the third on an RBI triple by Murphy that scored Rosato, Homer would pull away with a big eight-run fifth inning. Post took advantage of six walks, two hit batters, three bunts and three singles, plus some uncharacteristically poor defense by Lansing, to score the runs.
Paul Bartleson was 2-for-2 for Post 465 and was the only player on either team to have two hits.
Homer will return to action Sunday as Post 465 will travel to Cornell University for the noon rematch with Lansing. Homer will host Marathon Monday at 6 p.m.
Cortland (489) 6, Ithaca (221) 5: While Cortland’s streak of scoring in double figures ended at three games.
“Our boys played well again tonight,” Flegler said. “We got another great pitching performance from Steve Wright. What was nice to see out of him was that he didn’t have his best stuff but still got the job done.
“Winning games like this is good heading into the tougher part of our schedule. It’s great to go out and score 10-plus runs, but in the (upcoming) World Youth Classic and, hopefully, the districts, this is the type of game you play.”
Wright gave up eight hits and four runs, three earned, with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings to improve to 3-0 on the season. Aaron Galutz pitched the final inning and a third, allowing one hit, an earned run and fanning two to earn a save. He got the last out of the game with a strikeout, stranding two Ithaca baserunners in the process.
The winners scored once in the bottom of the first as Brett Wright led off with a walk, got to third on a perfectly-executed bunt-and-steal by Tim Fulton and scored on a single by the right field line by Sean Finucane.
Ithaca tied it in the second, but Post 489 went ahead for good with two runs in the bottom of the frame. Codi Clayton reached on a fielder’s choice and went to third on a single by Brett Wright, who stole second before Fulton slashed an RBI single to right to plate Clayton before Wright came home on a passed ball.
Ithaca pulled to within 3-2 with a run in the third, but Cortland made it 6-2 with a three-run fourth. Brett Wright singled, stole second and, one out later, scored on a single to center by Galutz, who in turn went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double to deep left by Sean Finucane. A wild pitch moved Finucane to third, and he scored on a groundout by Andrew Foster.
Ithaca scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh before Galutz slammed the door on their late rally.
Finucane went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and also scored once for Cortland, while Brett Wright went 2-for-3 and scored three times. Joe Brennan (RBI, two runs) and Justin Andrews (run) both went 2-for-2 for Ithaca, while Tom Cantone (RBI, run) and Morgan Allis (run) both went 2-for-4.
Post 489 will host Sidney Post 183 in a 3 p.m. doubleheader Sunday at Beaudry Park.    



Darrow selected to lead Cortland

Staff Writer

Dave Darrow is the new head varsity football coach at Cortland High School.
The long-time varsity wrestling coach at CHS was officially named to the position at the most recent (June 12) Cortland School District Board of Education meeting. Darrow was selected to take over the position from Jim Brown, who had a nine-year tenure at the helm of the Purple Tigers in which the team went a cumulative 28-47.
Other applicants, according to Cortland High sources, included CHS defensive coordinator Pete Reif, former Purple Tiger defensive boss Dave Beams, Tom Murphy, junior high coach Eric Prior and Homer Central graduate Mike Discenza, who is currently an assistant coach at Ithaca College.
It will be the first varsity football coaching assignment for Darrow, who played the sport during his high school days at Hamilton and previously has coached at the junior varsity and junior high levels at Cortland. He has also been the varsity wrestling coach for the past 20 seasons, and is in his third year as junior varsity baseball coach, having also coached that sport at the junior high level.
“I don’t pretend to be a football guru,” Darrow said. “I know what I know. I also know how to get kids to work hard, and know what it takes to win. I was just going to continue coaching junior high. I didn’t have any idea what was going on until all of the coaches in the program were told in a meeting in March that Jim wouldn’t be back and we were all welcome to apply for the position.
“Without a coach in the (high school) building things would suffer,” he added. “A lot of my wrestlers play football and I thought it would be a good match. We’ll have to see what we have for personnel — we could get 40 or 50 guys, we could get 20, we’ll do what we can with what we get. We’ll probably use a lot of pro-set and I-formation on offense, and four- and five-man fronts on defense.”
Darrow admitted that taking over for Brown is “very uncomfortable. He’s in the school, has been doing the job and is a good guy. He’s been a good friend. I don’t know how things will work out between us, and this change could be for better or worse. But I had nothing to do with the decision (not to retain Brown) or how it came about.”




Tavern, Submen win big

The Tavern and King Sub remained in a virtual tie for first place in the Cortland Fast Pitch Softball League with easy victories Wednesday night.
The Tavern improved to 8-3 with a 17-4 triumph over Amelia’s Ristorante, which entered the night as part of the three-way tie for first with the sister teams. King Sub is 7-2 and on top by percentage points after a 20-4 five-inning victory over Mr. B’s.
The Tavern 17, Amelia’s Ristorante 4: A seven-run third inning erased an early 2-0 deficit and put The Tavern up for good. Tom Avery returned from an injury to go 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double, six RBIs and three runs scored to lead the way.
Mike Smith was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs, Dan Harris went 2-for-3 with a triple, double, two RBIs and two runs and Brian Taylor was 2-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs in the win.
Sean Caughey went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and two runs for Amelia’s, which managed six hits off winning pitcher off winner Mike Holl and reliever Avery, who hurled a hitless seventh.
King Sub 20, Mr. B’s 4: Tony Volpicelli went 3-for-4 with three runs for King Sub, while Adam Koehler (homer, double, five RBIs, three runs), Dennis Hopkins (triple, double, three RBIs, three runs), Jeff Carr (homer, two RBIs, three runs) and Paul Sweger (homer, two RBIs, run) all went 3-for-5 and Joe Volpicelli was 2-for-5 and scored twice.
Roger Karn picked up the mound decision, allowing seven hits and fanning one. Ron Taylor went 2-for-2 with a run and Derek Howe was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run for Mr. B’s.