Cortland Post 489 romps past Homer



Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland left fielder Stephen Wright, right, snags a fifth-inning fly ball despite colliding with shortstop Ed Southworth Wednesday night.

A scheduling conflict at Beaudry Park sent Cortland Post 489 to Homer for its scheduled Wednesday night Cortland County American Legion baseball game, Jeff Fleglers squad made themselves right at home. After spotting Post 465 a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Post 489 answered with three runs in the home-half of the inning and rolled to an 11-2 victory to clinch a spot in the District 6 Tournament later this month.
Homer (2-4) got a one-out single by Paul Bartleson for the first hit of the game. Bartleson stole second base and scored when Nick Triolo delivered a two-out single.
Post 465 pitcher Tristan Hartnett experienced control problems and walked the first three Cortland batters. Post 489 (7-2) tied the game when Andrew foster scored on a fielders choice by Ed Southworth. Josh Wood then steppe to the plate and ripped a two-run single as Cortland took a 3-1 lead. Hartnett lasted just one-third of an inning before being relieved.
Cortland added three more runs in the bottom of the second inning. Foster singled, Steve Wright reached on an error and Southworth walked to load the bases. Wood (2-for-3) came through again as he belted a bases-clearing double for a 6-1 Post 489 advantage.
More of the same in the third as Cortland tallied four runs and the led grew to 10-1. The keys hits were triples by Foster and Southworth, which sandwiched a double by Sean Finucane. Each of those three hits drove home one run.
Post 489 added its 11th run in the bottom of the fifth inning before Homer scored once in the top of the seventh to complete the scoring.
Coach Flegler was planning ahead for the Broome Country Invitational that Post 489 was scheduled to play in starting this weekend by using seven different pitchers who each tossed one inning. A few hours before the Homer game, he found out that the tournament was cancelled due to the severe flooding problems that hit the Southern Tier. Coach Flegler stuck with the original strategy and it paid off.
Post 489 is scheduled to begin play in the 26th Annual Stop-DWI World Youth Classic Tuesday, but most of that tournament is scheduled to take place on Conlon Field in Binghamton, which was also under water because of flooding. Reports from the Southern Tier say new tournament director Dan Miller is waiting for the floodwaters to recede so officials can determine if Conlon Field is playable.
Homer Post 465 will return to action Friday by hosting Trumansburg at 6 p.m. before traveling to Hillcrest for an 11 a.m. doubleheader Saturday.


Adoring crowd sees Red Sox rough up Martinez

By The Associated Press
Pedro Martinez got a warm welcome from the Fenway Park fans — and a rude awakening from his former Boston teammates.
The former Red Sox ace was greeted by the adoring crowd with chants of “Pedro! Pedro!” as he warmed up before the bottom of the first inning. He promptly gave up four runs in that inning, four more in the third and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines as baseball’s hottest team went on to a 10-2 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
But after his worst performance in two seasons with the Mets, the right-hander who won two Cy Young Awards with the Red Sox and the hearts of their fans still flashed the charming smile they had seen so often during his seven seasons in Boston.
“It’s not disappointing at all,” Martinez said. “The reception I got, I will always remember that as one of the best moments of my life.”
When Jason Varitek came to bat against his former batterymate, it was a strange moment.