July 16, 2013
Cortland salvages split with McGraw
Cortland got two great pitching performances at Beaudry Park Monday, but came away with a doubleheader split against visiting McGraw in Connie Mack 18U baseball action.
McGraw took the opening five-inning affair 1-0 behind its own pitching gem thrown by Justin Travis, winning a mound duel over Cortland starter Nicholai Tubbs.
Cortland then cranked up the offense while hurler Jake Woods tossed a one-hitter in the second game during a 19-0 victory that also went five frames.
McGraw 1, Cortland 0: Travis allowed two hits with one strikeout and a walk during the tight victory. McGraw collected its lone run in the top of the first inning thanks to a pair of Cortland errors.
Tubbs pitched very well in the losing cause, allowing just one hit and the unearned run. He struck out six batters and issued a lone walk.
Zach Whelan led off the bottom of the fifth for Cortland with a double, but could not score the tying run.
Cortland 19, McGraw 0: Jake Woods took a no-hitter in the fifth inning when an infield single by Matt Morgan with one out ended that bid. Cortland ended the game with a crisp double play, second baseman Aiden Stehm to shortstop Zach Whelan to first baseman Nate Turkow the scoring on that twin killing.
Offensively, Cortland wasted no time by scoring six runs in the top of the first inning off starting pitcher Chris Sweeney, who didn’t survive the inning. Seven more runs in the second inning left no doubt who would take this contest.
Quinn Kennedy led the offensive explosion by going 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. Victor McCutcheon was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored while Andrew Babcock was also 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Aiden Stehm was the third 2-for-3 hitter with a double and three RBIs and Nate Turkow went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as James Lane went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Sage Brown (2 RBIs), Justin Prentice and Woods each got one hit.
Cortland improves to 8-2 on the season and will return to action Wednesday with a 6 p.m. contest at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse.
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