July 10, 2013

Crusaders hand host first loss on diamond

ENDICOTT — Will Pace had a busy and productive Tuesday evening.
Pace’s two-run first-inning home run gave the Cortland Crusaders 15U baseball team a lead it wouldn’t relinquish and then combined with starter and winner Jake Woods on a three-hitt pitching performance in a 4-2 Tri-County Teener League victory over previously-unbeaten host Southern Tier Thunder 14U.
Pace’s round-tripper to left was the lone extra-base hit in a pitcher’s duel, the winners with just four hits off a trio of Thunder hurlers. It came in Cortland’s second at-bat of the night after Woods had walked. Cortland made it 3-0 in the second as Ryan Tillotson led off with a single to left and later scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Gary Reagan.
The Thunder narrowed the deficit to 3-2 in the third. James Moyer walked with one out and later scored on an infield error. Chris Wright, who had singled, eventually scored on a two-out bases-loaded walk to Wyatt VanVestrout, Woods then one his six strikeouts to end the threat.
The final run of the game scored in the sixth as Matt Pasquarello led off with a single to center and later scored on an infield error. The Thunder threatened in the bottom of the sixth, with men on second and third with one out. Pace got a flyout for the second out of the inning and, after giving up a walk that loaded the bases, induced a groundout to end the inning.
The Thunder went quietly in the seventh, a one-out walk preceding a pair of flyouts to end the game.
Alfonse Gumaer had the only other hit for the Crusaders, a second-inning single to right.
Woods allowed three hits over 5 2-3 innings, both Thunder runs unearned, with the six strikeouts. Pace held the hosts hitless and scoreless over the final 1 2-3 innings. A trio of Thunder pitchers — starter and loser Matt Williams, James Moyer and Maxx Kies — allowed four hits with seven strikeouts, all four runs against them earned.
The Crusaders visit the B-Mets 145U Black squad Saturday at Arnold Park in a 1 p.m. start.



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