July 12, 2008


F-M tops Cortland


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
F-M pitcher Scott Miller tags out Jake Robillard of Cortland at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch at Beaudry Park Friday night.

Visiting Fayetteville-Manlius got off to a quick start and went from there Friday evening to score a 5-3 Connie Mack baseball victory over Cortland.
The winners scored three times in the first inning and, after Cortland put two runs across in the bottom of the same frame, scored once more in the top of the second to give themselves all the runs they’d need at Beaudry Park.
F-M pitcher Scott Miller spaced out eight hits in the contest and had two strikeouts.
A run-scoring error and an RBI groundout sandwiched around a run-scoring single by Ryan Godfrey gave F-M the lead it would never relinquish. Cortland’s Ryann Hubbard singled to center with two outs in the bottom of the first, stole second and went to third on a throwing error before Ian Spafford walked. Jason Hogan then lashed an RBI single to left, and Spafford later scored on an infield error. The hosts left the bases loaded to end the inning.
Cortland was hurt by a pair of errors in the second. The first allowed F-M’s Joey Sinopli to reach base to lead off the frame, and he later scored on another miscue. The hosts got back to within a run in the bottom of the fifth as Steve Wright singled to left, went to second on a single to right by Hubbard and scored on a single to right by Spafford. Cortland stranded two more baserunners in the inning.
F-M closed out the scoring in the sixth as Mike Palermo walked with two outs, stole second and scored on a single to center by Ethan Braddock. Miller retired Cortland in order in each of the last two innings to close out the game.
Starter Cody Smith took the mound loss for Cortland, which hosts Homer Legion Post 465 at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Beaudry Park. After visiting West Genesee Thursday, Cortland returns home to face LaFayette in a doubleheader starting at noon Saturday at Beaudry. Ithaca then visits at 1 p.m. a week from tomorrow, followed by the annual CHS Alumni Game.