July 10th, 2006


Extra tough Classic ending for Post 489

Despite two home runs by catcher Sean Finucane, despite a six-run rally in the sixth inning that would eventually force extra-innings, the Cortland Post 489 baseball squad would come away empty handed at the World  Youth Classic.
On Saturday at Binghamton University, Cortland Post 489 lost 11-10 in eight innings to Endicott Post 82 in its final game of the weeklong tournament. Mike Bramante singled to open the bottom of the eighth for Endicott, was bunted to second and scored when winning pitcher Adam Skoniwczki stroked a base hit.
That left Cortland Post 489 with an 0-5 record for the week.
“We were 0-5 in the tournament but in four of the five games we had a lead or were tied in the sixth inning,” said Post 489 Coach Jeff Flegler. “The only thing more I could ask for would be a couple of wins this week.”
Meanwhile, Homer Post 465 dropped a 14-10 Saturday slugfest to visiting Groton Post 800.
Endicott-82 11, Cortland 10, 8 innings: Cortland never led, but pulled even at 4-4 when Finucane hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning. And when Endicott struck for six runs in the bottom of that fifth frame, Cortland came back with six runs in the top of the sixth to pull even once more.
That comeback started with four straight singles off the bats of John Sinsabaugh, Anthony Pitts, Jason Hogan and Codi Clayton — with Clayton driving in the first Cortland run of the rally. A sacrifice fly by Andrew Forker plated a second run.
Cortland loaded the bases for the second time when Tim Fulton was hit by a pitch, bringing the dangerous Finucane to the plate. A balk would bring a run home and move the baserunners along, at Coach Flegler felt Endicott would walk his top slugger with first base open.
Instead, Finucane drilled a 1-2 pitch for a three-run homer to tie the game.
“Big players step up in big games and that is what Sean did for us all week. He carried us,” said Flegler.
But that was the final Cortland run, as Endicott pulled out the victory in the eighth inning.
Cortland scored a pair of second inning runs, starting when Dustan DiIorio singled, stole second and scored on a Sinsabaugh hit. Pitts also singled and Sinsabaugh swiped third, where he scored on a Clayton groundout.
“It’s tough losing five in a row. We’re a very good team and hopefully Monday we will get a good taste in our mouth again against Candor,” said Flegler, Cortland headed to Candor for a 6 p.m. contest. “The coaching staff and players would like to extend all our thanks for all the support the community and Legion gave us. Without them, this week would never have been possible. We have already been invited back for next summer’s event.”
The tournament concluded Sunday, with Puerto Rico defeated defending champion Brooklawn from New Jersey 13-2 in the title game.
Groton 14, Homer 10: Host Homer seemed to be playing catch-up throughout, Groton never trailing after three walks and RBI single by Brian Murray and a two-run triple by Lance Finnerty building a 5-0 Groton second-inning lead.
Homer got four runs back in the bottom of the second, started when Vin Seibel singled and scored on a Andy Pagan double. After a walk, Anthony Brevetti had an RBI single and Nick Triolo a two-run double.
Josh Duso tripled and Cody Street singled to put Groton up 6-4 in the third, and three more runs in the fifth featuring another Duso three-bagger upped the advantage to 9-4.
Groton tacked on five more runs in the top of the sixth, Brandon Farrell doubling home a run while Finnerty singled in another.
Homer battled back with five runs in the bottom of the sixth, started with another Triolo two-run double. Three walks, a hit batter and a couple of wild pitches brought three more runs home — though Post 465 would leave runners at second and third.
A lone run in the bottom of the seventh finished the Homer scoring. Paul Bartleson, Triolo and Pagan had two-hit games for Homer, which hosts Trumansburg tonight at 6 p.m. Duso finished 3-for-3 for Groton.
“We just left too many runners on base and could not get the big hit when we needed it” said Homer coach Denny Bruce, Post 465 with 10 runners stranded. “We also played a little short-handed with some kids missing because of graduation parties and vacations, which made us put some guys in spots they don’t usually play.”


Not a thing of beauty

Italy topples France in PK shootout


The Associated Press
Italy’s Fabio Grosso scores the winning penalty kick against France’s goalkeeper FabienBarthez during the shoot out in the final of the soccer World Cup. Italy won 5-3 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw after extra time.

AP Sports Writer

BERLIN — The lasting image of this World Cup will be Zinedine Zidane’s head butt just about handing the title to Italy. It deserves to be Fabio Grosso’s penalty kick winning the championship.
People won’t remember Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro ecstatically lifting the trophy as his teammates jumped and danced around him. They’ll more readily recall the France captain walking off the pitch in disgrace in the 110th minute, making his final act in soccer a vicious, venomous one.
There was little radiance in the Azzurri’s 5-3 victory on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw Sunday in the World Cup final. And much ugliness.
“This squad showed great heart,” Gennaro Gattuso said after Italy won its fourth crown, second only to Brazil’s five. “Maybe it wasn’t pretty, but we were hard to beat.”
And hard to watch Sunday, as were the French. This was not classic soccer, certainly not the beautiful game.
It truly deteriorated in extra time. Zidane, in his farewell game, was walking upfield near defender Marco Materazzi when he turned and bashed his shaven head into Materazzi’s chest.
The three-time player of the year nearly got away with it, too. Argentine referee Horacio Elizondo didn’t see the butt, and Gianluigi Buffon charged out of his net imploring Elizondo to seek help.
The ref finally asked his assistant on the sideline, then pulled out the red card.
To a man, the French defended their Zizou.
“I have not seen the replays, but if it’s voluntary then there’s nothing you can say,” France coach Raymond Domenech said. “But it’s a shame. It’s sad. He (Materazzi) did a lot of acting and for such a big man, a gust of wind made him fall over.”
Not quite. Zidane might have been provoked, but he definitely knocked over Materazzi.
In the process, he may have knocked out his team. Les Bleus were already without their other main offensive talents, Thierry Henry and Franck Ribery, who were substituted.
Their best chance seemed to be penalty kicks, where they beat Italy in the 1998 quarterfinals on the way to their only championship.
Instead, it was the Azzurri who found glory in the shootout, capped by Grosso’s blast.