June 22, 2010
Showdown goes to Crusaders
The Cortland Crusaders won a battle of Southern Tier Teener 13-14 American League baeball unbeatens Monday evening, downing the visiting Town of Binghamton Sabers 11-6 at Dave Guido Field.
In a 16-Under Division game, the CNY Marauders evened their record at 2-2 with a 14-4 five-inning mercy rule win over Castle Creek at Homer High School,
Cortland Crusaders 11, TOB Sabers 6: The hosts gave up three runs in the top of the first but then scored four times in the bottom of the frame and twice more in the second to take control en route to improving to 5-0 atop the American League West, tied for first with Visions (Endicott), those two teams set to meet Friday at Sertoma Field in Endicott. The Sabers are now 6-1 in the AL East.
Justin Sidebottom and Quinn Kennedy each had an RBI single in the first for the Crusaders, the other two runs scoring on wild pitches. The winners led 6-4 before they scored four more runs in the sixth, Kennedy singling home two of the runs to end the night 2-for-3 with three RBI and Justin Prentice driving home another with a sacrifice fly. The Crusaders have scored 65 runs so far this season while surrendering only 12.
Caden Giroux was the winning pitcher, fanning four batters in four innings of work, while Sidebottom came on in relief in the fifth and retired the final two batters of the game with runners at the corners for the Sabers. Sidebottom had five strikeouts in his three innings of work. The two Cortland hurlers allowed a total of five hits.
CNY Marauders 14, Castle Creek 4, 5 innings: The winners scored in each of their five at-bats, capped by a three-run fifth that pushed the advantage to 10 runs and ended the game. Mike Hartnett (two RBIs, two runs, two stolen bases) and Jake Casey (three runs, three stolen bases) both went 2-for-3 while Payten Boice was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. The winners stole eight bases in all and took advantage of a number of walks, totalling seven hits on the night.
Winning pitcher Taylor Withiam allowed five hits with six strikeouts in four innings of work. Catcher Parker Williamson was cited for his defense, throwing out two baseunners attempting to steal and blocking several pitches to prevent runs from scoring.
The Marauders visit the Saints Wednesday at Broome CC.
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