July 15, 2013


Late rally cools off Crusaders

BINGHAMTON — When the host Edge B-Mets Black 14U baseball squad came up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Cortland Crusaders’ five-game winning streak in the Tri-County Teeners League came to an end on Saturday.
That late rally tripped up the Crusaders 3-2, as George Pappas singled home the winning Edge B-Mets Black run in a contest where both sides collected seven hits.
James Lane and Richie Arnold were both 2-for-3 to lead Cortland, while Jake Prignon was the hard-luck losing pitcher. Prignon struck out five and walked two batters in a complete game effort.
Matthew Isham picked up the win for the Edge-B-Mets Black, coming up with nine strikeouts and a lone walk.
A two-out rally led to the Crusaders taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, starting by singles by Lane and Arnold. Lane came home on an error on a ball hit by Alfonse Gumaer.
Cortland went up 2-0 in the fourth when Arnold scored. He singled and took second on a wild pitch to get into scoring position. After a walk, he scored on a Prignon base hit. The Crusaders left runners at second and third with an inning-ending grounder.
Robert Rea singled home the first Edge B-Mets Black run in the bottom of the fifth. A walk, Joey Kuratnick single and sacrifice bunt started the winning rally for the hosts. The tying run scored on an error before Pappas delivered his game-winning RBI single.


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