July 9, 2009


Crazy 10-inning win goes to Gator’s/Franklin Rock

SoftballJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Gator’s/Franklin Rock’s outfielder Sarah Hill charges a pop fly to left field for an out early in Wednesday’s Women’s Slow Pitch game against Hairy Tony’s at Beaudry Park. Gator’s/Franklin Rock pulled out a wild 17-16 victory in 10 innings.

After a crazy seventh inning, it would take Gator’s Tavern/Franklin Rock a few extra innings before pulling out a softball victory in the Cortland Women’s Slow Pitch League on Wednesday night at Beaudry Park.
Two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning finally gave Gator’ Tavern/Franklin Rock a 17-16 victory over Hairy Tony’s in a wild C Division match-up, Chrissy Davis delivering the single that brought Jamie Hage home from third with the decisive run.
Those late heroics arrived after Hairy Tony’s erupted for 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning to grab a 15-7 lead, only to see the eventual winners adjust their rally caps while crossing the plate eight times in the bottom of that same final frame to tie things up.
Everything was deadlocked at 15-15 until Hairy Tony’s grabbed the lead with a run in the top of the 10th, only to see Gator’s Tavern/Franklin Rock respond once again to pull out the victory that left both sides 4-6 in the C Division standings.
First place Paddy’s Pub/Elm Tree Golf Course was a 13-1 winner over Ivan’s in a five-inning mercy rule contest, while second place Jack’s Taxidermy took advantage of a dozen walks to stroll past Stone Lounge 8-2.
In the D Division, league leader Bob’s Riverside withstood a challenge from contending Palm Gardens to win 7-5 and Homer Logging used a six-run sixth inning to top King Sub/Groton Fitness 12-7.
In the E Division, CCRP rallied in the late innings to put away Ivan’s E 6-1, first place Varsity Liquor beat second place Ho-Beau’s 29-4 in a five-inning romp and Easy Street/Reality Check pounded out 34 hits in a 20-12 win over Friends.
Gators/FR 17, Hairy Tony’s 16, 10 innings: Gator’s Tavern/Franklin Rock had a 30-27 edge in hits over Hairy Tony’s, with a triple by Katrina Fox and doubles off the bats of Ashli Sweeney and Hage the lone extra-base hits of the bunch. Anna Whitmore hit a grand slam home run as part of Hairy Tony’s huge seventh inning, while Christella Yonta legged out a pair of triples during the marathon.
Paddy’s/ET 13, Ivan’s 1: Perfect plate performances by Kristina Abbott (4x4), Heather Williams (3x4), Debbie Contri (4x4) and Danette Endress (3x3) were part of the winner’s 21-hit attack. Carissa Smith was 2-for-2 with a double for Ivan’s.
Jack’s 8, Stone Lounge 2: Jack’s scored all eight runs over the first two innings, winning despite being out-hit 9-7. Becky Pickert was 2-for-2 with a double for Jack’s, while Patty Zosh and Lauren Tallman both swung 2-for Stone Lounge bats.
Bob’s Riverside 7, Palm Gardens 5: Six-runs in the bottom of the fifth inning enabled Bob’s Riverside to pull out the victory. Wendy Lockwood homered, Jody Maroney went 3-for-3 and Kelly Pittsley drove in two runs in the comeback victory. Palm Gardens were led by Darci Gumar going 2-for-3 and Carrie Sullivan 2-for-3, Sullivan with a pair of RBIs. The losers also turned a crisp double play, second baseman Jean Curly with the flip to shortstop Miranda Odell who fired to Sullivan at first base for that twin killing.
Homer Logging 12, King Sub/GF 7: The Loggers were deadlocked at 6-6 when those half-dozen runs arrived in the bottom of the sixth inning to make a winner of pitcher Stacey Griswold.
CCRP 6, Ivan’s E 1: CCRP scored twice in both the sixth and seventh innings to provide a little run comfort against Ivan’s. L. Richards (3x4), T. Hubbard (3x4), S. Tracy (3x3) and T. Bastian (2x3) led the victors. Nickie Calale went 3-for-3 for Ivan’s, while Kayla Stockton struck out six CCRP batters.
Varsity Liquor 29, Ho-Beau’s 4: This game was close until eight-run outbursts in the top of the fourth and fifth innings gave Varsity Liquor the upper hand. Alyson Barber led a 30-hit attack going 5-for-5, while Tori Wells (3x5) and Chris McCabe (4x5) also had big nights. Katie Reif was 3-for-3 for Ho-Beau’s.
Easy Street/Reality 20, Friends 12: New hurler Melissa Morgan helped her own cause with a four-hit showing at the plate, doubling and scoring three times. Heather Neadom had a triple and two doubles for the winners, Kim Friedman, Melissa Morgan, Melony Sands and Jody Ward also with two-baggers.
Parg Players Needed
Any player who wishes to be part of this weekend’s Jim Partigianoni Scholarship Fund Tournament but doesn’t belong to one of the teams involved is asked to contact league secretary Laurie Hogan (423-2067). She noted a number of teams in the tourney are in need of players.
The tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday at Cortland’s Beaudry Park, with the title game scheduled for Sunday at Partigianoni Field — dedicated last summer to the memory of the late Jim Partigianoni — at Dexter Park.
The Partigianoni Scholarship Fund was set up through the Cortland Youth Bureau to benefit youth in the City of Cortland that can not afford to pay the fees to participate in athletic activities.