July 5, 2012


Fast start carries Crusaders to win

Scoring the opening 11 runs of the game, the Cortland Crusaders cruised to a 15-9 baseball victory over the City of Binghamton in Southern Tier Teener 14U League play this past Tuesday.
In a game where both teams issued 11 walks at Barry School’s Dave Guido Field, Cortland pitchers Jake Woods, Curtis Wilk, Will Pace and Dylan Brown allowed just three hits by visiting COB.
After Cortland ended a COB scoring threat in the top of the first when Gary Reagan turned an unassisted double play at first base, Cortland took advantage of five walks to score seven times in the bottom of that inning. Back-to-back singles by James Lane and Alex Babcock got that rally going.
Brown hit a home run and Jake Smith had an RBI single as the Crusaders tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the second for an 11-0 lead.
After John Peticci singled home two runs for COB in the top of the third, four more runs in the bottom half finished the scoring for the hosts. Four walks, a Jake Woods two-run triple and a Wilk sacrifice fly were the featured attractions.
The Crusaders nearly ended the game via the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth when Tyler Straka drilled a shot over the COB left fielder. His bid for a walk-off homer was denied when a great relay nabbed Straka at the plate. Binghamton finished the scoring with a bases loaded double by Peticci before Cortland closed the door.
Lane finished 2-for-3 for Cortland, while Peticci was also 2-for-3 with his five RBIs for COB.
On Friday, Cortland is on the road to face the B-Mets Orange at Arnold Park in a 7:45 p.m. start.


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