July 13, 2011


Another second for Bombers

LACKAWANNA — Sponsored for the weekend by Fichte Endl Elmer Eyecare, the New York Bombers fastpitch softball team finished second over the weekend in the 2011 Mickey Brennan Memorial Tournament in Lackawanna, losing to local squad Big John’s 5-3 in the championship game.
It was the Bombers’ third runner-up finish in the event in as many years.
The Bombers started what would be a 5-2 run in the tournament by beating the NY Express 13-0, and then downed ESA Belly’s 17-5 before losing 4-1 to the Cleveland Steamers. Getting back on the winning track, the Bombers downed the Westerville Capitales 8-3, whipped Hill United 14-1 and got some revenge on the Cleveland Steamers 14-10 before falling in the title contest.
Cortland’s Mark Kinner hit .444 with three doubles, a home run and six RBIs for the Bombers, while Tom Avery from Cortland hit .400 with two triples, a homer and 11 RBIs and Jeff Carr from Virgil went .360 with two doubles, three homers and 12 RBIs. Bill Weddle from Cortland had a pinch-hit single in the semifinal game, and Cortland’s Roger Karn caught all seven games the Bombers played in the tournament.
Now 15-7 on the season, the Bombers will compete in the 36th Annual First Ward Falcon Tournament in Dunkirk this Saturday and Sunday.

Old-Timers Gearing Up
The annual Dick “Fingers” Finn Memorial Cortland Fastpitch Old-Timers Game will take place next Wednesday, July 20, at Meldrim Field, starting at 6 p.m.
The game is open for all former fastpitch players from Cortland County and Ithaca (who played in the combined Cortland/Ithaca League) as well as Church League players when that league was fastpitch.
Awards in memory of Ray Spada (Most Valuable Pitcher) and Roy Teeter (Most Valuable Player) will be presented, as well as the Dick Aylesworth Good Guy Award, which goes to a contributor to fastpitch in the city.
Those wishing to play can show up at Meldrim and may also contact Mike Dexter at 753-0456. All friends and family members of fastpitch softball players are invited to attend.


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