July 16, 2008


Seventh heaven for Blue

Homer Blue capped a furious rally with five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday to score a 14-13 Cortland County Babe Ruth League victory over Cortland Alliance.
Elsewhere in the league, Tully scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to shade Fabius 8-7 while Homer Red was an 8-6 winner over Homer White and Dryden TTC rolled to a 17-5 win over McGraw.
Homer Blue 14, Cortland Alliance 13: Tyler McMullen singled Zach Blanden home with the winning run for the winners, who trailed 13-5 heading into the bottom of the fifth but scored twice in that frame and the sixth before their final decisive outburst in the seventh. Winning pitcher Brent Quinlan (triple, double) and Blanden (double) both went 2-for-2 for Homer Blue, Quinlan coming on in relief and fanning all six batters he faced. Y. Brian Hughes had three hits for Alliance.
Tully 9, Fabius 8: Tully scored four runs in the first before Fabius stormed back to take a 7-4 lead in the top of the fifth. After the hosts tied it with three runs in the bottom of the same frame, Fabius scored once in the top of the seventh to make it 8-7 and set the stage for another Tully rally. Ben Smith was the winning pitcher. No other details were reported.
Homer Red 8, Homer White 6: Andy Parker (two RBIs, two runs scored) and Lucas Biondi (two RBIs) each wielded a 2-for-4 bat for Homer Red, which got six strikeouts in four innings from winning pitcher Ethan Forester while Tyler Simonetta fanned six in three innings. The winners clinched the North Division title with the win, moving to a 2 1/2-game lead (with two games left) over second-place Homer White. Kevin McNeil went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the losing effort.
Dryden TTC 17, McGraw 5: The undefeated South Division winners made it 11-for-11 this season, scoring five runs in the bottom of the first to erase a 2-0 deficit and never looking back. Andrew Barber went 3-for-4 with three runs for Dryden, while winning pitcher Mike Hattery went 3-for-5 and scored twice. Mark Hitt had two doubles for McGraw, teammate Cody Brown also smacking a two-bagger as the pair scored four of their team’s five runs.
The league will close out its regular season with makeup games Thursday through Saturday. In 5:45 p.m. starts on Thursday, Cortland Alliance and Homer Red will meet in a doubleheader at Beaudry Park while in single games Homer Blue and Eagles will play at Dave Guido Field (Barry), Fabius visits Homer White at Homer High School and Dryden TTC takes on Tully at Tully High School.
Cortland Eagles and Cortland Moose play at 5:45 p.m. Friday at Beaudry, while on Saturday McGraw hosts Cortland Eagles at 11 a.m. and Fabius at 2 p.m., both at McGraw High School, and Tully visits Cortland Moose in an 11 a.m. start at Dave Guido Field.