July 15, 2011
Crown City rolls to final
Mick Pace/contributing photographer
Crown City’s John Cavanagh watches his home run sail out of Oswego’s Fort Ontario Park during Thursday’s 10-2 victory over North Syracuse in the District 8 playoff semifinals.
OSWEGO — The Crown City Little League Major All-Stars advanced to the District 8 baseball championship game by rolling over North Syracuse 10-2 Thursday night in the playoff semifinals at Fort Ontario Park in Oswego.
The Cortland crew will meet Fayetteville-Manlius for the title at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fort Ontario Park. F-M downed Fulton in the other semifinal, with no score available.
Jake Woods went 3-for-3 with a triple, RBI and three runs scored in Crown City’s semifinal win. Dylan Brown had a two-run single, John Cavanagh a home run and James Lane a run-scoring double. Winning pitcher Jake Prignon threw a complete game and scattered nine hits.
The winners got all the runs they’d need in a four-run first inning. The first three batters — Jake Smith, Prignon and Woods — all singled to get things started before Lane reached on a fielder’s choice, Smith out at home on the play. Dylan Brown then laced a two-run single, and Lane and Brown each later scored on passed balls.
Cavanagh homered over the centerfield fence in the second to make it 5-0, and Crown City scored three more runs in the third. Woods led off with a single, stole second and scored on a double by Lane, who in turn came home on a bunt by Pace. An error allowed Pace to reach third, and he eventually scored on a passed ball to make it 8-0.
The Cortland club closed out its scoring in the two-run fourth as Prignon was hit by a pitch with two outs and replaced by pinch-runner Luke Herting, who came home on a triple by Woods. Another passed ball plated Woods with the winners’ final run.
North Syracuse managed to score single runs in the fourth and fifth innings and put two runners on in the sixth with two outs before catcher Prignon fielded a bunt and threw to first for the final out.
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