July 7, 2007


Post 489 alive, escapes in 10th


Bill Sinsabaugh/contributing photographer
Post 489’s Sean Finucane watches drive hit down the left field line that scored teammate Brett Wright from first base to give Cortland a 4-3 extra inning win over Ottawa Friday at the World Youth Classic in Binghamton.

BINGHAMTON — At least Cortland Post 489 will get to catch its breathe a little bit before heading into the quarterfinal round of the Stop DWI-World Youth Classic.
After playing into the wee hours on Thursday night, and after going 10 tense innings before knocking off the Ottawa Knights from Canada 4-3 on Friday, Post 489 is still alive in this gallant quest for this prestigious American Legion baseball title.
Cortland will face Hamilton — the defending New Jersey state champions — at 6 p.m. tonight at Conlon Field in Binghamton. That is the last of four quarterfinal round games on today’s agenda. The winner advances to a 3 p.m. semifinal contest on Sunday at Conlon Field, with the title game to follow at 6 p.m.
Sean Finucane doubled home Brett Wright with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th as Cortland Post 489 finished up with a 3-1 record in Division IV. Cortland and Brooklawn, N.J., were both 3-1 in the six-team group and qualified for weekend battle.
Hamilton is also 3-1 in the tournament prior to facing Cortland.
In the win over Ottawa at Conlon Field, Cortland grabbed a quick 3-0 lead against Knights starter Jordan Kirch. All three runs arrived in the bottom of the third inning.
Anthony Pitts reached being plunked by a pitch and Tim Fulton walked to start that trouble, though Pitts would be thrown out at the plate trying to score on a Wright base hit. Finucane singled home the game’s first run and Andrew Foster came through with a two-run single to put Cortland ahead.
Fulton, who had worked three innings the previous evening, did a gutsy job protecting that lead. The Knights (0-4) would fight back, however, and get even with an unearned run in the top of the seventh.
Hurler Codi Clayton came on for Post 489 to get a strikeout to end the seventh inning.
“We planned to throw him two innings but he was pitching so well we stayed with him,” said coach Jeff Flegler of the determined Fulton mound effort. “We probably stayed with him an inning too long.”
Fulton gave up just one earned run, striking out eight and allowing just three base hits to the Knights.
Cortland almost ended the game in the bottom of the seventh when Fulton walked and Wright beat out a bunt for a single. But Ottawa turned a crucial double play and then, with Fulton perched at third, got an inning-ending grounder.
“We got lucky because they got guys on base in every inning in extra innings, and we only got someone on base once and he scored,” said Flegler.
Clayton got out of every jam, allowing just two hits and striking out a lone batter in his 3 1/3 innings of work. Ottawa did not take advantage of a Cortland error in the eighth, had two runners aboard when a fly ball ended the ninth and had a runner in scoring position when Clayton wriggled out of trouble in the top of the 10th.
In the bottom of the 10th, Wright was down 0-2 in the count but fouled off some close pitches and eventually drew a leadoff walk. He was on the go trying to steal second when Finucane got his third hit of the game — a double down the line in left. Wright raced home ahead of the throw to end this extra-inning affair.
Foster, Wright and Fulton each had two hits for Cortland.
Kirch struck out nine batters in nine innings of work for Ottawa, Jordan Herbeck taking over in the 10th and getting the loss.
Other quarterfinal round games today started with New Jersey foes Brooklawn (3-1) and Haddon Heights (3-1) squaring off. Newburgh (4-0) faces Cherry Hill (3-1) from New Jersey at noon, followed by the Ottawa Canadians (4-0) taking on New Jersey’s Gibbsboro (2-2) at 3 p.m.



King Sub ends up in seventh heaven

After seeing K&H Motor Sports tie things up with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning, King Sub was able to respond during Friday’s Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch League softball challenge.
Pitcher Miguel Maldonado would triple home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to give King Sub an 11-10 victory in a back-and-forth C Division battle.
The lead had changed hands five times prior to that winning blow, K&H having pulled even in the top of the seventh when Jeremy Sutton drove in a run with a double before scoring on a sacrifice fly.
Also in C Division play, the Graph-Tex Collegiate Catastrophe got a grand slam home run from Blake Battin and beat T.J. Landscaping 20-13 and second place CCRP tripped first place Quali-D Auto 18-14.
In B Division play, The Tavern turned back X-treme Performance in a 24-23 slugfest. Friends topped NAPA 18-3 in five innings, Beach House topped Aflac 10-2 and Palm Gardens rolled past Time Warner Cable 24-6.
King Sub 11, K&H 10: While winning pitcher Maldonado had the big blow for the Submen, Mike Tubbs (2x2), Pat Wing (2x3) and Bob Gable (2x3) were key figures in a 15-hit attack. Joshua Sutton homered as part of a 3-for-3 outing for K&H Motor Sports.
Graph Tex 20, T.J.’s 13: Battin’s grand slam home run was part of a six-run sixth inning that put Graph Tex in control, Battin going 5-for-5 in the victory. Brian Bruce tripled and doubled during a 4-for-5 plate performance for the victors. Tigh Barber swung a 4-for-4 bat for T.J. Landscaping.
CCRP 18, Quali-D 14: Ozzie Heath’s 4-for-4 bat and some steady defense carried CCRP to victory, while Jeremy Baker, Ryan Eddy and D.J. Marks all chipped in with 3-for-4 contributions. Shawn Jenney and Arthur Burchanan homered for Quali-D, while Randy Arnold and John Cavanaugh were 3-for-4.
Tavern 24, X-treme 23: After The Tavern took the lead for keeps with four runs in the top of the seventh, the undermanned victors held off a five-run X-treme comeback bid in the bottom of that same frame before holding on. Jason Newcomb and Donnie Butler had five and four hits respectively for the Tavern, while Mike Poole slugged a home run. Tim Slocum and Lance Finnerty homered for X-treme Performance, Slocum with four hits.
Friends 18, NAPA 3: A 12-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth finished off the Friends victory, the game halted on the mercy rule. Dave Seamans, Jeremy Devereese, Ryan DuBois and Kevin Wilcox were all 3-for-4 in the win, DuBois with a two-run homer. Winning pitcher Jeff Manning was a perfect 3-for-3. Greg Zacek and J. Canzano were 2-for-2 with doubles for NAPA.
Beach House 10, Aflac 2: Matt Rutowski was 4-for-4 in the Beach House victory, while D. Webster (3x4) and Joe Grossi (3x3) also had big nights in the victory. Tony Keegan (2x2) and David Evans (2x3) led the Aflac offense.
Palm Gardens 24, Time Warner 6: Joe Peterson smacked a pair of home runs in the Palm Gardens win, no other details reported.