July 14, 2009


Two wins puts Stone Lounge on top

Stone Lounge regained first place in the Cortland Fast Pitch Softball League Monday night with two easy softball wins, 11-4 over second place Dark Horse in the late game and 12-4 over Central City Bar & Grill to get things underway at Meldrim Field.
The Tavern beat Mister B’s 12-6 in the night’s other game, played at Cortlandville.
Stone Lounge 11, Dark Horse 3: Ben Albright went 3-for-4 with a home run, drove in two runs and scored three times for the winners, while Brandon Galutz went 2-for-4 with a homer, double and four RBIs. Sean Caughey (homer, double) and Josh Wood (double) both also went 2-for-4 for the winners, while Andrew Mead homered, drove in two runs and scored three more.
Winning pitcher Dick Meldrim scattered 10 hits and was helped out by sterling defense from Albright, Wood, Mead and Aaron Galutz.
Travis Marshall went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run for Dark Horse, while Roger Karn went 2-for-2 with an RBI and T.J. Griffin 2-for-3.
The two teams entered the night in a virtual tie for first place, Stone Lounge now up by a game and a half.
Stone Lounge 12, Central City Bar & Grill 4: Mead was the offensive star for the winners, going 2-for-3 with a homer, triple, three RBIs and three runs scored. Caughey went 2-for-2 with a double and Brandon Galutz was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Hurler Meldrim allowed eight hits to pick up another win, Greg Newkirk going 2-for-2 with a double, Nick Triolo 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run and Seth McMahon 2-for-4 with an RBI for Central City.
The Tavern 12, Mister B’s 6: Trailing 6-2 after three innings, The Tavern scored 10 runs over the next three innings to win and move into third place in the league. Mike Smith went 4-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a run for the winners, while Anthony Pitts went 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs, Tom Avery 2-for-4 with a homer, double and four RBIs and Mark Kinner 2-for-4 with a triple.
Mike Holl got the mound win, blanking Mister B’s over the final four innings.
Matt Rutkowski and Brian Taylor homered for Mister B’s. Rutkowski drove in three runs as part of a 2-for-4 perform, Tony Marshall finished 2-for-3 and Taylor had a pair of RBIs. Rutkowski was also cited for his defense.
Tourney 2nd for Bombers

LACKAWANNA — The New York Bombers fast pitch softball team bounced back from an opening-game loss to win five straight games before falling in the finals and finishing as runner-up over the weekend in the Mickey Brennan Memorial Tournament in Lackawanna.
Cortland’s Jeff Carr was 1-for-3 in the opening 4-3 loss to Wheat’s Express from Oswego, and also went 1-for-3 as the Bombers bounced back to beat Reece’s from Lackawanna 4-1 later in the day.
Carr was 1-for-2 in Sunday’s first game, a 9-1 win over Lackawanna’s LA Lounge, and the Bombers then stayed alive with a 3-0 shutout win over Dunkirk Monnie’s. The Bombers blanked Niagara Snappers 7-0 as Cortland’s Tom Avery and Roger Karn went 2-for-3 and 1-for-3 with an RBI, respectively, Carr with an RBI. Avery then went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Carr doubled and drove in a run in a 7-4 win over Big John’s from Lackawanna.
Karn tripled and Avery singled as the Bombers fell to the Ashland (Ohio) Stockpack, the third-ranked ISCII team, 7-6, the winners ending the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh. The Bombers were down 6-1 before rallying to tie the game.
For the tournament, Avery went 6-for-24 with four RBIs while Carr went 5-for-22 with a double and four RBIs.
The Bombers will next compete in the 2009 NSA Men’s Fast Pitch World Series July 31-Aug. 2 in Salem, Va.