Reds get most out of two hits


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Cortland Moose second baseman Zach Hueninck (left) trys to throw out Alliance Bank baserunner Greg Mital in the 3rd inning of Thursday’s Babe Ruth baseball game at Beaudry Park. Mital reached base safely as Alliance Bank went on to win 12-4.

The Rick & Rich Reds were efficient and opportunistic on offense Thursday night.
The baseball leaders of the Cortland County Babe Ruth League’s Senior Division managed only two hits, but beat visiting Dryden APM Testing 3-1.
Alliance Bank took over sole possession of second at 5-2, a half-game ahead of idle Marathon Sautter Construction (4-2), with a 12-4 win over Cortland Moose. Also, the Homer Rec Yankees collected 22 hits en route to a 23-2 win over DeRuyter.
In the Junior Division, the Cortland Elks scored three times in the top of the 10th inning for a 14-11 win over the Homer White Sox.

Rick & Rich Reds 3, Dryden APM Testing 1: The winners took advantage of six walks and stole seven bases in the contest to improve to 3-1. Brandon Simonetta threw a three-hitter with eight strikeouts to get the win, while Matt Colbert was the hard-luck loser. Devin Cross doubled for one of Dryden’s hits.
Alliance Bank 12, Cortland Moose 4: Winning pitcher Jeff Smith allowed five hits over six innings with six strikeouts and helped himself by going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Greg Mital went 2-for-4 and Brian Clifford 2-for-5 with a double for Alliance Bank, which broke open a close 2-1 game by scoring five runs each in the second and third innings.
Nate Forehand choked off a first-inning Moose rally, with his team up 2-1, by throwing a runner out at the plate on a single by Matt Stevens, who went 2-for-3 with a run. Cody Smith was 2-for-4 for Moose.
Homer Rec Yankees 23, DeRuyter 2: Zane Zimmerman led the Yankee attack with four hits, while Jack Kissel and Greg Eves each collected three RBIs. Winning pitcher Chris Gizzi and Eric Rosato combined on a three-hitter, with Josh Weaver getting one of those hits and scoring a run for DeRuyter.

Cortland Elks, Homer White Sox 11, 10 inn.: Nick Baldassarre, Greg Masler, Kameron Diescher and Justin Burns all had hits to lead off the top of the 10th as the Elks scored three times in the frame for their margin of victory after the White Sox had tied the game with five runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Baldassarre, Shane McCaskill, Diescher and Burns had all singled in the eighth as the Elks scored once to take an 11-10 lead, but eventual winning pitcher Doug Adsit hit three of the first four batters he faced in the bottom of the same inning, Alex Nelson eventually scoring to tie the score and extend the game.


Cortland Post 489 drops two at Classic

BINGHAMTON — Two losses came in vastly different fashion for the Cortland Post 489 American Legion baseball team Thursday at the Stop-DWI World Youth Classic.
Cortland led Gibbsboro, N.J. 5-0 after four innings of its morning contest at Binghamton University before giving up six runs in the fifth en route to an 8-5 setback. Oneonta did all of its scoring in three innings in an afternoon game at Conlon Field en route to a 15-0 romp over the locals.
On the heels of Wednesday’s 10-2 loss to State College, Pa., Post 489 has no chance of winning its pool and advancing to the semifinals. Games against Kingston (N.Y.) at 3 p.m. today and Endicott at the same time Saturday, both at Binghamton University, will wrap up Cortland’s participation in the tournament.
In Thursday’s first game, starter Aaron Galutz was pitching a shutout until he was hit in the knee by a line drive and forced from the game in the fifth. Gibbsboro then took the lead for good with six runs in the inning off a trio of Cortland relievers.
Post 489 loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but a line drive by Nick Triolo that coach Jeff Flegler said would have scored two runs and given his team the lead back was snagged by the Gibbsboro second baseman and turned into an inning-ending double play.
Andrew Foster (double, two RBIs), Sean Finucane (double) and Ed Southworth (RBI) all went 2-for-4 for Post 489.
Foster’s single was the only hit for Cortland in the second game.
Flegler said that Triolo would be the starter today against Kingston.



Skyline offers new incentives

Thunder Mountain adds show, New Afton Speedway recovers

Motorsports Writer

It was a week of big news for two local tracks with a huge surprise coming from a third.
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Skyline Raceway in Blodgett Mills announced some new incentives for its drivers and higher age limits for free admission for it’s younger fans in a press release posted on the track’s website. The incentives are as follows:
1) Effective immediately, any driver who competes at Skyline that invites another driver to the raceway to race that has not raced at Skyline this season will earn a complementary pit pass to a future race. (Invited driver does not have to compete in same division).
2) Effective immediately Skyline’s web site will post and host all sponsors of any driver at Skyline at no charge. All that is asked by webmaster Walt Allen is that you give him a list of your sponsors’ names and their phone numbers and he will build them an ad to be displayed on the web site.
3) Effective this Saturday, the age limits for free admittance to the grandstand will be raised from 8 to 10 years of age. Students now up to and including the age of 15 years will be admitted for $8.00.
4) Effective this Saturday, all Skyline drivers may register for a Sky pass. A Sky pass is a complementary general admission pass to the grandstand for the driver’s significant other (wife-girlfriend-husband-boyfriend). There is a one-week waiting period after registering for a Sky pass.
It should be interesting to see the effects of these new incentives when the action resumes Saturday night with a full slate of Sportsman, IMCA Modified, Pure Stock, 4-Cylinder Stock, JunkYard Dogs and JunkYard Pups at 6:30 p.m. For more information on Skyline Raceway, log onto the speedway’s official website at
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This has been the first official full week of operation for the new Thunder Mountain Speedway (Center Lisle) ownership team. Dick and Shelly Stark of Lansing and their business partners, Bill and Cherl Heary from King Ferry, ran their first show last Saturday night with good results overall.
On Sunday, Dick Stark made a big announcement for a newly added mid-week show on July 19. The Sportsman Modified, Pure Stock, Thunder Dog and Thunder Pup divisions will all be in action along with a huge “Smash’Em, Crash’Em” Demolition Derby paying $500 to the winner. The Sportsman “Cliffhanger 30” will pay $750 to the winner, the Pure Stock “Landslide 25”_paying $400 to the winner along with a “guaranteed starter” spot to the top 3 finishers for “The Hurricane 2006” slated for Sunday, August 20th at Thunder Mountain Speedway. The “Thunder Dog Day 20” will award $150 to the winner, and finally the “Primo Pup 15” $125 to the victor. All of the purses for the racing this night will be based on a full 24-car field in the oval track classes (show-up points will be awarded to Thunder regulars) and 20 entrants in the Demolition Derby. The July 19 show will begin at 7 p.m.
As for this Saturday night, there was another announcement as the Central New York Mini Sprints will be added to the regular program of Modified, Sportsman, Street Stock, Pure Stock, 4-Cylinder Stock, Thunder Dog and Thunder Pup action. The original schedule had the CNY Mini-Sprints in action_on May 20, but Mother Nature wiped out that show. All the racing action will begin at 6:30 p.m.