July 16, 2007


Sweeping success for Post 489

Post 489

Bill Sinsabaugh/Contributing photographer
Cortland Post 489’s Brett Wright is tagged out at second base in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader against Watertown at Beaudry Park.  Wright later had a key hit in the 2-1 victory to complete a sweep.

Cortland Post 489 only got three hits in the second game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader against visiting Watertown Sunday, but two of them were key by the Wrights. Stephen Wright led off the sixth inning with a triple and later scored on a two-run double by Brett Wright to lead Post 489 to a 2-1 seven-inning win and the sweep of the twin bill.
Cortland won the opener 15-8 in nine innings.
Post 489 improves to 15-6-1 overall heading into tonight’s make-up game at Beaudry Park against Homer Post 465 at 7 p.m.
Homer Post 465 dropped a doubleheader yesterday to visiting Trumansburg 10-2 and 13-7.
Cortland 15, Watertown 8:  The game was knotted at 1-1 after one inning and 4-4 after two before Watertown took a 7-5 lead through three innings.
Cortland took the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning. Andrew Foster (3x6, three runs scored) singled and stole second base. Aaron Galutz followed with an RBI single and moved to second when Jason Hogan (2x4, 2 RBIs) reached base on throwing error. John Sincebaugh laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the throw was wild, allowing Galutz to score the tying run with Hogan moving to third and Sincebaugh raced to second. A single by Ryann Hubbard put Post 489 ahead 8-7 as Hogan scored and Sincebaugh moved to third. Dustin DiIorio followed with a sacrifice fly to scored Sincebaugh for a 9-7 lead.
Cortland pulled away with three more runs in the sixth and three runs in the eighth.
Tim Fulton added a 2-for-4 bat to the winning attack.
Cortland 2, Watertown 1: Game two was scoreless through the first five innings before Watertown scored once in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Magovney doubled, moved to third and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Stephen Wright started the bottom of the sixth inning with his triple. John Sincebaugh walked and stole second base. Both runners scored on the double by Brett Wright.
Galutz pitched six strong innings to get the win with Anthony Pitts working the final inning to earn the save.
Trumansburg 10, Homer 2: Trumansburg scored two runs in the top of the first Sunday and added three more runs in the second for a 5-0 lead.
Homer got two runs back in the bottom of the third, but the visitors plated three more runs in the fourth and pulled away.
Robb Herrmann went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored in the game while Jarrod Surine added a 2-for-3 effort with three RBIs. Ben Robertson swung a 2-for-4 bat for the winners.
Eric Rosato and Paul Delles had the only two Homer hits, but Post 465 threatened much of the game thanks to nine walks. Unfortunately, Homer left 11 men on base as Andy Wall and Juston Smith kept many batters off balance.
Trumansburg 13, Homer 7: Herrmann kept up his hot hitting in game two by going 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBIs. Pat Barry and Skylar Fairchild each added two hits as Trumansburg led 8-3 through six innings before plating five more runs to pull away.
Anthony Brevetti went 2-for-3 and Delles 2-for-4 for Post 465 in the second game. Matt Murphy had two RBIs for Homer.



‘Downtown Mile’ hits the streets of Cortland

The second of a six-race series being held by the Cortland County Family YMCA and the Cortland Regional Sports Council, was held Saturday morning when a competitive field of runners took part on the Downtown Mile.
The batch of runners (picture above) began the mile fun race dashing down Main Street in Cortland, which is also where the race finished up.
Leading the pack was 15-year-old Joseph Grobelny, with Karen Burns the top female finisher. No other results were available.
There are four more events scheduled for the Race Series that will award prizes to the top point-getters when the races conclude.
The next event is the Celtic Run, that 5K prediction run being held Saturday, Aug. 25 in Cortland. Graph-Tex and the Cortland Paid Firefighters will sponsor the Pumpkin Run on Saturday, Oct. 6 — with proceeds going to benefit needy families in the Cortland area.
The Leaf Peeper is Sunday, Oct. 21, where a half-marathon run, a 10K walk and a mile fun run will be held. The Turkey Trot finishes the series on Thursday, Nov. 22, with the Salvation Army the sponsor for the 5K run and mile fun run.



Good playoff start for Yankees, TTC

The two top seeds, the Homer Yankees and Dryden TTC baseball squads, advanced to the winners’ bracket finals of the Cortland County Babe Ruth Senior Division playoffs Saturday.
The top-seeded Yankees (12-3) posted a 4-0 win over fifth-seed Cortland Moose in one semifinal game, while second-seeded Dryden TTC (11-4) edged third-seed Cortland Alliance Bank 7-6.
The Yankees and TTC will meet Tuesday in a 5:45 p.m. showdown at Homer High School with the winner advancing to the championship round Saturday at Beaudry Park. The loser falls to the loser’s bracket final Thursday at Beaudry Park at 5:45 p.m.
In a loser’s bracket game, DeRuyter and Sautter Construction could not finish their elimination game at Barry Elementary School. That game will be completed Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. at Beaudry. The winner will meet Cortland Moose at 5:45. The winner of the 5:45 contest will play Alliance Bank at 8 p.m.
Alliance Bank (8-8) opened the first round of the playoffs with a convincing 10-2 win over sixth-seed DeRuyter (4-11), while Cortland Moose (6-12) downed fourth-seed Sautter Construction (6-9) of Marathon 14-1.
In a Junior Division regular season game, Homer Rangers handed Homer White Sox its first loss of the season by a 10-8 count.
Alliance Bank 10, DeRuyter 2: Alliance starter Tony Whitt got the mound win going four innings and allowing two hits in the victory. Alliance scored eight runs in the first three innings and never allowed DeRuyter to get into the game. Chris Forehand (2x4), Ryan Hubbard (3x4), Matt Carr (2x3), and Pat Phillips (2x3) led the way for the bankers who pounded out 10 hits. Hubbard also contributed three RBIs and worked an inning in relief of Whitt.
For DeRuyter, Cody Tiffany and Brian Graham each scored a run in the ball game and played well defensively.
Cortland Moose 14, Sautter Construction 1: Cortland Moose scored five runs in the top of the third inning to take a 6-0 lead and never looked back in this first round contest. Justin Hogan went 3-for-5 with an RBI double in the fourth to lead the Moose attack while Brandon Watkins 4-for-5 with a double and 2 RBIs.
Homer Yankees 4, Cortland Moose 0: Winning pitcher Zach Blanden helped his own cause with an RBI triple in the bottom of the first inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
The Yankees added one run in the fourth when Alex Duell singled home Blanden (2x3). With bases-loaded in the fifth, Josh Curatolo got his lone hit of the game with a two-run single for a 4-0 advantage.
On the mound, Blanden allowed just three Moose hits in six innings of work with Duell tossing the seventh inning. Brandon Watkins took the loss after pitching well. Watkins allowed just five hits and struck out seven Yankees batters.
Dryden TTC 7, Alliance Bank 6: TTC broke a 1-1 first-inning tie with five runs in the bottom of the third inning, but a solo run in the fourth proved to be the deciding run of the game as Alliance Bank rallied with five runs in the top of the seventh inning to make things interesting.
Alex Freyburger went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the TTC attack.
Homer Rangers 10, Homer White Sox 8: A hard-fought game came down in a wild seventh-inning. Trailing 6-5, the Rangers (9-3) scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take a 10-6 lead. Jeff Eves drove in two runs for the Rangers and Drew Gallagher plated two more runs with a double as part of the five-run outburst.
The White Sox (10-1) led 3-0 after one inning, thanks in part to a two-run homer by Joe Marchetti. Two more runs in the fourth gave the White Sox a 5-1 lead.
The Rangers tied the game at 5-5 with four runs in the top of the sixth before the White Sox grabbed a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the inning. The last grasp by the White Sox netted two runs in the seventh before the Rangers closed out the game.



Junior Tigers take 2nd

MARATHON — The Cortland Junior Tigers placed second in the inaugural Harry Brown 12-and-Under Invitational baseball Tournament at Marathon last week.
Apalachin, Chenango Forks, Kirkwood and Norwich joined Cortland and Marathon in the tournament, which ran Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Cortland lost to Apalachin in the championship game 3-2.
In the two division, three-team round-robin, Cortland defeated Kirkwood 8-0 and Norwich 8-3 before falling to Apalachin 10-4. In the Saturday semfinals, Cortland defeated Kirkwood 14-4 before losing to Apalachin later in the day.
In the title game, Apalachin grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Cortland (5-2 overall) tied the game with two runs in the top of the third. Apalachin plated the winning run in the bottom of the fifth.
Leading hitters for the Junior Tigers were Y. Brian Hughes and Kody Cranston, who each hit .625. Hughes had 10 hits, five doubles and seven RBIs while Cranston had eight hits, four doubles and six RBIs. Victor McCutcheon added seven hits and a .583 average to the Cortland attack.
Cranston picked up two wins on the mound after pitching eight innings. He allowed just five hits and struck out 15 with an ERA of 2.25. Hughes notched one win in six innings of work with 13 strikeouts, two hits and a 2.00 ERA. Caden Giroux (1.50 ERA) pitched four innings and Justin Sidebottom (2.00 ERA) struck out six batters while pitching three innings.
The Cortland Junior Tigers squad includes also includes Greg Brown, Matt Cordit, Ryan Hans, Luke Henkel, Quinn Kennedy, Andy Price and Zach Whelan. Yale Hughes, Gary Giroux and Eric Price are the coaches.


Old-Timers game Wednesday

The 30th annual renewal of the Old-Timers Fast Pitch softball contest will be held at Meldrim Field in Cortland on Wednesday.
Players are asked to report to field around 6 p.m. for some pre-game batting and fielding practice, as well as instructions from OT’ers manager Dick ‘Fingers’ Finn.
Annual most valuable player awards named in the honor of former Cortland players Ray Spada for his pitching exploits and Roy Teeter (who is expected to attend) for his overall contributions to local scene, will be presented to 2006 Cortland Fast-Pitch League participants.
Also the fifth annual Dick Aylesworth “Good Guy Award” will be presented, recognizing an individual who has contributed to Cortland fast pitch throughout the past 60 years on the local playing fields. Past winners include Dick Aylesworth, Gurdon Bush, Jere Dexter and Fran Tokar.
Dexter, the former Sports Editor for Cortland Standard, will be on hand to reminisce about past glory days of Fast-Pitch locally and emcee the Old-Timers Game.


Elm Tree Inn able to recover from loss

DRYDEN — The Omega Athletics captured a pair of victories in the Duke Erickson Coed Slow Pitch League on Saturday, including handing the Elm Tree Inn its first loss of this softball session.
Elm Tree Inn did bounce back to romp past the Freeville Fire Department 28-4 behind a 33-run outburst.
The Omega Athletics completed their sweep by nipping Builder’s Best 8-6 following the unreported win over Elm Tree. Builder’s Best had started its day with a 16-9 victory over Wasted Talent. Cayuga Press captured two wins, beating Freeville Fire Department 15-4 and Wasted Talent 13-5.
Elm Tree Inn 28, Freeville FD 4: Derek Fiene was 4-for-4 with three doubles as Elm Tree topped the Freeville Fire Department. Mike DuBrava (3x3), J. Pierson (3x3) and L. Wilson (5x5) were other top hitters.
Omega Athletics 8, Builder’s Best 6: The Athletics overcame a grand slam home run by Brian Bennett, Bill Phillips breaking a 5-5 tie with a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth. Phillips, Becky VanWagenen and Tommy Magee were 2-for-3 for the Athletics (7-5).
Builder’s Best 16, Wasted Talent 9: Builder’s Best (4-8) snapped a seven-game losing streak with the victory, Mark Cooley (3x4), Bobby Brull (3x4), Don Scutt (2x3) and Chloe Scutt (2x3) keys batters. Ken Morgan (3x3), Tim Mack (2x3) and John Casey (2x3) led the Wasted Talent offense.
Cayuga Press 15, Freeville FD 4: Brandon Frost was a single shy of the cycle while driving in four runs for Cayuga Press. Jason Leifer was 4-for-4, Tim Harding and Michelle Phillips added three hits and Kim Frost had a two-run triple in the win. Bob Geddes had two hits for the Firefighters.
Cayuga Press 13, Wasted Talent 5: This game was tied 5-5 before Cayuga Press pulled away, starting with a five-run fifth inning. Harding led off that inning with his second triple of the game and scored the go-ahead run on a Holly Harris single. Bill Harvy and Kim rost also tripled, while Blaine Olmsted excelled in the field while collecting two hits. Matt Owens homered and doubled for Wasted Talent.