July 16, 2012
Cortland shares tourney title
The Cortland Teeners 14-Under baseball team shared the championship of the 2012 Southern Tier Teener League Tournament over the weekend, the title game with the Southern Tier Thunder ended by thunderstorms after three scoreless innings on Sunday.
Cortland, which finished as the only unbeaten team in the event, opened with an 8-2 win over B-Mets Blue on Friday and beat B-Mets Black 13-8 the same day. On Saturday, the local team beat the Thunder 6-3 to finish 3-0 in its pool, then topped B-Mets Orange 8-6 in the first game of the tourney playoffs.
Cortland downed City of Binghamton 12-0 in a four-inning mercy-rule semifinal contest Sunday prior to the shortened championship game.
Cortland 8, B-Mets Blue 2: Richie Arnold went 4-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored for Cortland, while Ryan Tillotson went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run and Gary Reagan 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Nick Guerrera was the winning pitcher, relieved by Zach Travis in the fifth. Cortland had runners thrown out at home in five different innings.
Cortland 13, B-Mets Black 8: Four pitchers — starter Tillotson, Travis, Dylan Brown and Jake Woods — combined on a five-hitter, Tillotson surrendering two hits with five strikeouts in four innings while Travis (four strikeouts in 1-1/3 innings), Brown (2/3 of an inning) and Woods (one inning) gave up a hit apiece. Arnold (triple, five RBIs, two runs) and Woods (double, RBI, three runs both went 3-for-5.
Cortland 6, Southern Tier Thunder 3: Dylan Brown had a two-run triple and winning pitcher Matt Pasquarello a two-run single to key a six-run sixth for Cortland to break what was then a scoreless tie. Alex Babcock went 2-for-2 with a run while Jake Prignon (RBI, run) and Arnold (run) both went 2-for-3.
Cortland 8, B-Mets Orange 6: With his team trailing 6-5 after four innings, Pasquarello delivered a two-run single in the fifth before Nick Guerrera. closed out the scoring in the seventh with a sacrifice fly that scored Jake Smith. Pasquarello went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run while Brown was 3-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.
Winning pitcher Jake Prignon gave up four hits with four strikeouts in five innings, Travis giving up one hit in the sixth before and Woods threw a scoreless and hitless seventh for the save.
Cortland 12, City of Binghamton 0, 4 innings: Cortland got off to a quick start with four first-inning runs, two scoring on a double by winning pitcher Woods, and never looked back. Babcock went 2-for-2 with a double and three runs, while Arnold was 2-for-3 with two triples and two runs. Woods threw all four innings, giving up three hits — two in the first inning — and fanning three batters. Shortstop Brown started a double play to end the second.
Cortland 0, Southern Tier Thunder 0, three innings: Guerrera gave up three hits before the contest was called. Smith had the only Cortland hit, a double to left-center, but was stranded. Woods flew out deep to left in the first, Thunder left fielder Ryan Pasquale with an over-the-shoulder catch. The Thunder had a double and a bunt single to open the third before Guerrera got two infield popouts and a strikeout to end the threat.
Reagan was cited for his play at first base in leading Cortland’s outstanding defensive effort throughout the tournament.
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