July 1, 2009


Eight is enough in Cortland win

CAZENOVIA — It was a good thing for host Cazenovia that the Cortland Connie Mack team was short-handed Tuesday evening.
Despite having only eight available players and having to surrender an out each time the ninth spot in the order came around (five times in all), Coach Ed Southworth’s team collected 20 hits en route to an easy 18-6 victory.
In a late report from Monday, the Cortland Teeners 16-Under team shaded host Chenango Valley Red 4-3 in five innings in what was to be the first game of a doubleheader, the second game wiped out by rain.
Cortland 18, Cazenovia 6: Brandon Watkins led the winners’ offensive onslaught, cracking two home runs and collecting six RBIs, while Matt Carr also homered. “These two have been solid for us all summer,” Cortland coach Ed Southworth said. “Their consistency at the plate has taken the pressure off our very young and inexperienced team.”
In addition, Jake Robillard had five hits, including a double, scored four runs and stole three bases, while Connor Griffin had four hits, scored three times and swiped two bases. Winning pitcher Cody Smith gave up four hits in 4 2-3 innings and helped himself at the plate with two hits, two RBIs and a stolen base.
“This outing is what the team and I have expected from Cody all summer,” Southworth said. “He was in control and in charge the whole game. This is also the type of game that instills confidence in a short-handed team such as ours. Just imagine what we can do with a full squad.”
Cortland was slated to host Cazenovia at 7 p.m. today at Beaudry Park.
Cortland 4, Chenango Valley Red 3: Cortland, now 4-1, broke a 3-3 tie and scored the game-winning run in the top of the fifth. Devon Darrow singled up the middle with one out and kept on going to second as the ball was bobbled in center field, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single to left by Alex Stacy.
Stacy also stole home in the third inning, after Connor Griffin drove in two second-inning runs with a double down the left field line, for Cortland’s other runs. A perfect relay from left fielder Brycen Dunn to shortstop Darrow to catcher Justin Tabel nailed a Chenango Valley runner at the plate in the bottom of the second. Austin Lewis hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the hosts, who added an unearned run in the third.
Jake Robillard was the winning pitcher, holding the hosts to four hits while striking out three batters and not allowing any earned runs. Cortland also had four hits in the game.
Cortland is scheduled to host Windsor at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Dave Guido Field.