July 6, 2007


Post 489 works late to earn split

Post 489

Bill Sinsabauh/contributing photographer
Cortland Post 489’s Dustan DiIorio delivers key sixth inning hit during last night’s late 18-10 win over Utica Post 229 at the World Youth Classic in Binghamton. DiIorio drove in seven runs in the win.

BINGHAMTON — The Cortland Post 489 American Legion baseball team split a pair of games in the Stop DWI-World Youth Classic Thursday, and is in a strong position to move into Saturday’s quarterfinal round.
After dropping a 14-3 decision to Brooklawn Post 72 from New Jersey in a game that had been suspended on Wednesday, the Cortland squad got two batters into its contest with Utica Post 229 before rain forced that contest to be suspended as well.
It was moved from Union-Endicott to Conlon Field, was resumed at 11 p.m. and ended at 1:45 a.m. today as Cortland won 18-10 in a game shortened to six innings by the eight-run rule.
Post 489 is tied with Utica for second place in Division IV at 2-1, behind Brooklawn (2-0), which won the event in 2005 and was runner-up last summer. In a schedule change, the local squad has only one game today — vs. the winless Ottawa Canadians at 3 p.m. at Conlon. Cortland will advance to the quarterfinals if they win and if, according to Flegler, Brooklawn scores at least six runs against Utica in their noon contest at Binghamton University.
“This is all new to the guys, but they’re realizing the potential that they have,” Cortland coach Jeff Flegler said. “It goes back to having a year’s experience in this tournament, but also to going deep into the districts the past couple of years. This year they’re walking around the hotel more like they belong as one of the better teams, which they are.”
Cortland 18, Utica 10: Dustan DiIorio went 4-for-5 with two doubles and seven RBIs to pace the winners, who totaled 10 hits but also benefited from 13 walks and five Utica errors.
Utica, made up largely of players from this year’s state Class AA Proctor squad, led 4-0 after one inning before Post 489 scored five times in the second on an RBI single by DiIorio, a two-run single by Tim Fulton and a two-run double by Sean Finucane to take a 5-4 lead.
Utica regained the lead with two runs in the third, but Cortland took control for good with a seven-run fourth that included a two-run double by DiIorio, three walks, two Utica errors, a hit batter and a wild pitch. Post 489 added three runs each in the sixth (on another two-run double by DiIorio and an RBI double by Codi Clayton) and seventh (keyed by DiIorio’s two-run single).
Aaron Galutz and Clayton (double) had two hits each for the winners, while Finucane had the double and two RBIs. Clayton (two walks), Fulton (single, hit by pitch, two walks) and Brett Wright (RBI bunt single, hit by pitches twice, walk) all reached bases in four of their five at-bats. Fulton came on in relief of starter Jason Hogan in the fourth and got the win.
Brooklawn 14, Cortland 3: DiIorio was one of the few bright spots for Post 489, going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, as Brooklawn scored the first nine runs of the game and never looked back. After Anthony Pitts singled in the fifth, DiIorio homered, and Galutz had a solo homer in the sixth for Cortland’s other run. Andrew Foster doubled in the losing effort.



Fast Pitch Old-Timers game slated for July 18

The annual Cortland Fast Pitch Softball Old-Timers Game will take place starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Meldrim Field.
The contest will pit the current Cortland Fast Pitch League all-stars against a team of select former players from the Cortland, Pioneer and Ithaca-Cortland Combined leagues as well as the old Church Fast Pitch League. In addition, the current leagues MVP awards — Roy Teeter Batting and Ray Spada Pitching —will be presented in addition to the Dick Aylesworth Good Guy Award.
The Old-Tiers game has been taking place for more than 40 years. Former Cortland Standard sports editor Jere Dexter annually gives a history of Fast Pitch, as played in Cortland for over 60 years.
Further information is available by contacting Dick Finn at 753-0461 or Mike Dexter at 753-0456.




Groton upends Exchange twice

Groton won a pair of five-inning Cortland County Junior Babe Ruth League games from Cortland Exchange Thursday evening, 8-5 and 2-1.
Logan Wannall was 3-for-3 with three RBIs for the winners in the first contest, and he and Sam Wright shared the pitching duties, the latter with two shutout innings. Brycen Dunn doubled for Cortland Exchange.
Jonathan Sweazy led off the third with a double and later scored the winning run in the second game. Each team scored once in the first, Brian Chaffee and Kyle Brown were cited for their defense for Groton.
Groton improved to 4-3 with the sweep, while Cortland Exchange stands 0-8.
Thursday afternoon’s thunderstorms cancelled the rest of the Babe Ruth schedule of games.
CNY Hitting Clinic
The CNY Hitting Clinic, conducted by Cortland Post 489 American Legion baseball coach Jeff Flegler, will take place from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday the next two weeks (July 9-12 and 16-19) at Beaudry Park.
The clinic, for which a fee will be charged, is open to all Babe Ruth players ages 13-16. Further information is available by calling the Cortland Youth Bureau at 753-3021.