July 12, 2007


Paddy’s in romp past closest rival


Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Jack’s Taxidermy second base Becky VanWagenen stabs at a line drive hit over her head against Paddy’s Pub Wednesday at Beaudry Park.  First place Paddy’s rolled to 18-6 victory.

There were a few Cortland Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League teams that took the short route to the win column by using the mercy rule to their advantage Wednesday.
In the lone reported C Division game, first place Paddy’s Pub raced to an 18-6 five-inning win over second place Jack’s Taxidermy and increased its division lead in the process.
In D Division, Anecelle’s rolled to a 30-8 shortened win over Lucky’s Too and Lucky’s topped Homer Logging 11-3.
In E Division play, Ivan’s topped Ho-Beau’s 12-4 while Palm Gardens need just five innings for its 16-1 win over Easy Street.
An afternoon thunderstorm may have left other fields too soggy for play.
Paddy’s Pub 18, Jack’s Taxidermy 6: After a scoreless first inning by each team, Paddy’s (9-1) scored six runs in each of the next three innings to pulled away from its closest rival in the division standings.
Katie Mayo and Kim Knuppenburg each went 3-for-3 for the winner. Mayo had one of five triples hit by Paddy’s bats.
Renee Banks was 3-for-3 for Jack’s, who slipped to 8-3.
Anecelle’s 30, Lucky’s Too 8: Anecelle’s (8-1) broke a 6-6 tie with four runs in the bottom of the second inning and pulled away with seven more runs in the third.
Brianna Head was a perfect 5-for- with a double to lead the Anecelle’s attack while Laura Tucker, Savannah Hempstead, Erin Moore, Hollie Jenney and Bethany Plamer each added four hits apiece. All the four-hitters had doubles except Moore, who banged out a triple.
Amy Chilson went 5-for-5 with a double for Lucky’s Too (2-7).
Lucky’s 11, Homer Logging 3: Homer Logging (4-5) grabbed an early 3-0 lead through the top of the fourth inning before Lucky’s (5-3) rallied with a 10-run burst in the bottom of the fourth.
Jess Nelson led the winning attack by going 3-for-4 while Deb Preston, Lisa Allen and Wendy Gardner each added 2-for-4 efforts. Preston hit two triples and Allen had one triple.
Abby Homer was 3-for-4 for Homer Logging.
Ivan’s 12, Ho-Beau’s 4: Ivan’s jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first three innings to win its second game of the season. Michelle Dalton went 4-for-4 for Ivan’s while Bryanna Brown (two triples), Nickie Calale (one double), Kayla Stockton, Becky Dann and Bethany Penoyer each added 3-for-4 efforts.
Barb Gage was 1-for-3 for Ho-Beau’s.
Palm Gardens 16, Easy Street 1: Palm Gardens started quickly by scoring 11 runs in the top of the first inning.
Kathleen Lester had three doubles for the winners while Miranda O’Dell belted a double and triple to aid the cause.
Rochelle Fiero hit a triple for Easy Street.






Tavern tightens up pennant race

The softball battle for first-place in the Cortland Fast Pitch League standings got tighter as one of the top teams was beaten Wednesday night.
Front-runner King Sub saw its advantage slip to one-half game over Amelia’s after a 9-6 loss to The Tavern. King Sub now stands at 10-4, while Amelia’s improved to 9-4 with a 14-2 win over Central City Bar & Grill.
The Tavern 9, King Sub 6: It was a see-saw type of game with four lead changes as King Sub grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Roger Karn and Billy Weddle got singles before a costly error allowed both runners to score.
The Tavern (10-6) answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Brian Taylor doubled and moved to third on an error. Tom Avery singled Taylor home before he scored on a two-run homer by Ryan Stevens.
The lead grew to 5-2 in the third. Taylor reached safely on an error and Avery doubled. With runners at second and third, Stevens singled Taylor home and Avery scored on a passed ball.
King Sub came roaring back. Jeff Carr delivered a two-out, two-run double in the top of the fourth to trim the deficit to 5-4 and the Sub Squad took a 6-5 lead in the fifth. Waylon DeGraw belted a triple to score one run and he scored on a single.
After tying the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the fifth, The Tavern plated three more runs in the sixth for the victory. With one out in the sixth, a pair of walks helped load the bases and another walk to Taylor forced home the winning run. Avery then singled home two insurance runs to help the Tavern take the season series three games to two. Avery was 4-for-4 on the night with Taylor and Stevens each going 2-for-4.
Weddle and DeGraw each finished 2-for-3 for King Sub with Dennis Hopkins going 2-for-4.
Amelia’s 14, Central City 2: Central City Bar & Grill enjoyed a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning before Amelia’s roared back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Six more runs allowed Amelia’s to open a 10-1 cushion and four runs in the fourth helped seal this five-inning, mercy-rule contest.
Ben Albright led Amelia’s by going 4-for-4 with two triples, one home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. Jeremy Boylan added a 2-for-2 effort with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Winning pitcher Sean Babcock scattered just five hits and allowed only one earned run.








Bulldogs come back for split in twin bill

ENDICOTT — The Pine Grove Bulldogs split a pair of Central New York Senior Softball League contest against host Barnaby’s Pub of Binghamton Wednesday.
Barnaby’s took the opener 7-5 before the Bulldogs took the second game, 17-12.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Barnaby’s jumped out to an early 6-0 lead by scoring three unearned runs in the first inning and collecting three more runs in the second behind an Art Savage triple.
The Bulldogs scored four runs in the top of the third to close the gap, but were held scoreless until Dave Barber (4-for-4) hit a solo home run in the seventh.
The Cortland defense played error-free ball after the shaky first inning, including the infield turning a solid double play to stop a Barnaby’s scoring threat in the fifth.
In the second game, Pine Grove trailed the entire game until the seventh inning when the Bulldogs unleashed a 10-run outburst that was aided by four errors.
Barnaby’s led 11-7 going into the seventh before the Bulldogs sent 16 batters to the plate. Steve Hadzicki led led the Bulldogs by going 3-for-4 while Mark Connell hit a triple-run triple for the winners.
Frank Emick paced Barnaby’s in game two by going 4-for-4.
The Pine Grove Bulldogs are back in action Monday with a home game against Kattleville Athletic Association (KAA) of Chenango Forks.