June 24, 2013


Crusaders cruise behind Tillotson’s pitching show

Ryan Tillotson tossed a shortened five-inning complete game on Saturday to help the Cortland Crusaders get back into the winning baseball spirit in the Tri-County Teener League.
Tillotson allowed a first inning run, but that would be it as he allowed just two hits and walked one during the Crusaders’ 11-1 victory over Edge B-Mets Saturday at Dave Guido Field. Tillotson recorded four strikeouts in the win.
Cortland took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning and got a huge momentum lift in the top of the third inning.
Chris McVannon was hit by a Tillotson pitch to start the B-Mets top of the third. Hunter Traver followed with a drive over Will Pace’s head, but the Crusader centerfielder chased the ball down quickly. Pace made a nice throw to the shortstop Jake Woods who wheeled and fired a strike to the catcher who tagged McVannon out trying to score, holding the 2-1 Crusaders lead. Traver, who had both B-Mets hits, went to second on the play, but was left stranded after a strikeout and fly out ended the threat.
Cortland came to the plate in the bottom of the third and battled around, scoring eight runs in the process to build a 10-1 cushion. Alex Babcock’s RBI single scored lead-off batter Woods who doubled. The Crusaders added runs by single or error to increase the advantage to 8-1 before Woods tripled in his second at-bat of the inning to plate two runs for the 10-1 lead.
Jake Smith hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the fifth inning to score Dylan Brown with the mercy rule run.
Woods and Richie Arnold led the Crusaders as each went 2-for-3.
Cortland will return to action Saturday with a road trip to Tioga Center at noon.


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