July 12, 2011
Crown City moves on after tourney pool win
SYRACUSE — The Crown City Little League Major All-Stars beat host and defending state champion Geddes 3-2 Monday evening to win the Red Pool of the District 8 Tournament.
With the win, the Cortland squad advances to the six-team District 8 baseball finals beginning Wednesday at Fort Ontario Park in Oswego. The other pool winners involved in the single-elimination event will be Fulton (White), Fayetteville-Manlius (Maroon), North Syracuse (Gold) and Salt City (Orange) plus the winner of the Blue Pool, hosted by Liverpool, which was unreported at press time.
Crown City trailed 1-0 and had only one hit heading into the bottom of the fifth inning against Geddes. John Cavanaugh doubled to center, with a runner thrown out at the plate, before Jake Smith walked. After a sacrifice bunt by Jake Prignon moved the runners to second and third with two outs, Jake Woods hit a three-run home run over the left-field fence to give Crown City a 3-1 lead.
Woods, who was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings, gave up a double by Colin Bevard (his second of the game) and a run-scoring single by Marshall Winn in the top of the sixth and final inning before a passed ball put the tying run on second with no outs. Woods then struck out the next two batters before reaching the maximum pitch count, Dylan Brown coming on in relief and getting a flyout to end the game and earn the save.
Crown City opened the Red Pool tourney on Saturday with a 15-1 win over South Side American in a four-inning mercy rule contest. Woods, Prignon and Smith combined on a one-hitter with seven strikeouts. Adam Passalugo hit a two-run homer while Gary Reagan went 2-for-2 and scored two runs, Smith went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and James Lane tripled.
On Sunday, the Cortland squad beat Valley 5-1 as Will Pace went 2-for-2 with a double, Reagan had a two-run homer, Dylan Brown hit a solo homer, Smith tripled and Prignon allowed one run and had six strikeouts in 4 1-3 innings.
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