June 25, 2012


Crusaders rally to salvage split

VESTAL — Dylan Brown’s triple in the top of the seventh helped the Cortland Crusaders erupt for five runs in that inning and salvage a split of Saturday’s Southern Tier Teener U14 League baseball doubleheader.
Brown’s blast lifted Cortlan
Jake Smith reached on an error as Babcock scored. Zach Travis hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Pace to score as the Crusaders trailed 7-6. With one out and a new B-Mets pitcher, Gary Reagan delivered a single to right field for his first hit of the season. Brown hit a triple over the centerfielder’s head to a 9-7 triumph over the B-Mets Blue in the second game of the split twin bill. The Crusaders were blanked 11-0 in the opener by the Edge B-Mets in a five-inning mercy rule outing.
Cortland 9, B-Mets Blue 7: In a game that saw five lead changes and one tie, B-Mets Blue took a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning by scoring four runs. Mark Isham (3-for-3) and Alex Westin (2-for-3) drove in the go-ahead runs with RBI singles.
After each team scored a run in the sixth, Cortland began its seventh inning rally with singles by Alex Babcock (3-for-3) and Will Pace. It was Pace’s first hit this season. d to score Travis and Reagan as Cortland led 8-7. Brown scored on a passed ball for the 9-7 advantage.
Travis retired the B-Mets in order in the bottom of the inning. Travis tossed two and one-third innings in relief for the win. allowing just one run and striking out three.
Edge B-Mets 11, Cortland 0: After two scoreless innings at the start of this game, the outcome and momentum all swung in the home team’s favor in the third inning.
Cortland loaded the bases in the top of the third. Alex Babcock led off with a double.
Gary Reagan walked and, with one out, Jake Prignon reach base on an error to load the bases.
Edge pitcher Maurice Bell got a strikeout and groundout to end the Cortland threat.
Sam Perry (3-for-3) singled, Jacob Whitaker walked and Vinny Pelu singled to load the bases. Chad Rachael (3-for-3) singled home two runs for the lead.
Edge added two runs in the fourth as Brian Hickins drew a walk and Scalzo doubled to put runners at second and third.
Pelu and Rachael provided RBI singles as the home team took a 5-0 lead.
The home team ended the game with six runs in the bottom of the fifth for the mercy rule to take effect.


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