July 8, 2010
Pair of routs for Teeners squads
It was a good night for both local teams competing in the Southern Tier Teener Baseball League Wednesday night as the CNY Marauders 16-Under team from Homer and the Cortland Crusaders both scored mercy-rule victories in five innings.
The Marauders scored a dozen second inning runs as the bats came alive during a 14-1 game-shortened romp over visiting Windsor Knights at Homer High School in National League White Division action. The Marauders improve to 4-4.
In Johnson City, Justin Prentice allowed two runs and struck out five batters as the Crusaders rolled to a 12-2 five-inning win over the host Eagles in American League play. Cortland is now 8-1 on the season.
CNY Marauders 16U 14, Windsor 1: Mike Hartnett got the complete game pitching victory. Hartnett scattered four hits and struck out six Windsor batters.
“Mike was awesome tonight.” Marauder coach Tony Testa said. “He threw first pitch strikes to get ahead of batters all night, and had real nice movement on his pitches which kept the Knights off balance the entire game. Mike trusts the defense behind him every time he takes the mound and challenges the batter which keeps the defense involved.”
Parker Williamson, Kyle Ritz, Tom Belton and Leo Riley each had two hits in the game for the Marauders. Williamson, Ritz and Riley all had doubles.
The CNY Marauders 16U squad will close out the National League regular season with four games next week before heading into the playoffs.
Cortland Crusaders 12, Johnson City 2: Cortland took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second inning on RBI singles by Quinn Kennedy and Matt Morgan, who each had two hits in the game. The Crusaders added four more runs in the third. Zach Whelan (2-for-2) doubled home two runs to upped the advantage to 4-1. The lead would be 6-1 by the end of the inning.
Cortland dealt the knock-out blow in the fourth with five more runs to build an 11-1 cushion in the top of the inning. Josh Watkins (3-for-3) singled home two runs and Whelan drove in two more with a bases-loaded single.
After Johnson City got one run in the bottom of the fourth, Cortland closed out the game with one run on the top of the fifth. Watkins singled home Morgan.
Watkins came on to pitch the bottom of the fifth, striking out two of the Eagles’ batters to give the Crusaders the 10-run mercy rule win.
Cortland will return to action tonight as the Crusaders travel to the Owego Little League Field to face Owego 1 at 6 p.m.
BABE RUTH LEAGUE
Sautter’s Construction 10, McGraw 7: Kody Barry pitched a complete game has Sautter’s Construction from Marathon avenged its only Babe Ruth loss wit a 10-7 victory over McGraw in a late report from Tuesday night.
Barry allowed three hits and struck out seven while surrendering 10 walks and seven runs, three of which were earned. Jeff Contri led the attack by going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Eric Barry was also 2-for-3 with two triples.
Justin Morgan was 1-for-2 for McGraw with a triple and two RBIs.
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