July 17, 2007


Post 489 romps, playoffs up next

The Cortland Post 489 American Legion baseball team can take it easy for a while on Sunday.
With an 18-2 romp over Homer Post 465 Monday evening at Beaudry Park, coach Jeff Flegler’s squad completed a four-for-four sweep of the other two Cortland County teams this season. So while Homer and Marathon Post 617 meet Sunday in the first game of the county championship, Post 489 will cool its collective heels before facing the winner for the title. The times and sites of the games are to be determined.
The winner will advance to the District 6 Tournament later this month.
The win was also the 50th in three seasons at the helm of the Cortland squad for Flegler, whose team is now 16-6-1 this season.
“It was nice to come out and take care of business,” Flegler said. “This game didn’t mean anything in terms of (county) standings, so the coaching staff was concerned about a letdown. It’s fun to get our 50th win together. Most of these boys have been here for three years now. I’ve been very lucky as a coach to be part of their success. Hopefully we take care of business Sunday so we can make one final run at District 6.”
Post 489 scored twice in the first inning Monday as Andrew Foster doubled to deep left to score Tim Fulton and Brett Wright, both of whom had walked.
Homer tied the game with two runs of its own in the top of the third. Paul Delles singled to left, and Anthony Brevetti then doubled to left to put men on second and third. Matt Murphy singled home Delles, and Brevetti came home on a single by John Galeotti.
Cortland blew the game wide open with eight runs in the bottom of the third, four off Homer starter and loser Galeotti. Anthony Pitts walked and Fulton singled to left before Wright doubled to left-center to score Pitts. After Finucane was walked intentionally, loading the bases, Foster walked to bring Fulton home. Aaron Galutz was hit by a pitch to score Wright, and an infield single by John Sinsabaugh plated Finucane.
Foster came home on an infield single by Codi Clayton, and Pitts capped a 12-pitch at-bat with a single to right to score Galutz before Fulton singled home Clayton and Sinsabaugh.
The hosts scored twice more in the fourth as Finucane was hit by a pitch, Foster singled to center and, after a wild pitch, Galutz singled to left to score both runners.
Post 489 scored six more runs in the sixth to close out the scoring. Foster finished things off with a two-run single, while Ryann Hubbard and Finucane both had RBI singles and Wright was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Foster finished 3-for-4 with a double, five RBIs and two runs scored, while Fulton and Sinsabaugh both went 2-for-3. The winners had 15 hits in all, with 11 different players getting at least one hit.
Cortland starter Jason Hogan went the distance and improved to 3-1 with the win. He allowed 10 hits and the two earned runs, with five strikeouts and three walks. Murphy went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Homer, while Delles and Brevetti both went 2-for-4.
Homer is slated to visit Marathon on Wednesday. 



Amelia’s stands in first by a nose

Amelia’s Ristorante grabbed a share of first place as the Cortland Fast Pitch Softball League race tightened up even more after Monday night’s action.
Amelia’s scored an 18-7 win over King Sub in a five-inning mercy rule game to improve to 10-4, going ahead of King Sub (11-5) by percentage points — .714 to .688 — in the race for the top spot.
King Sub had earlier scored a 21-14 victory over Central City Bar & Grill.
The Tavern (11-6) is only a half-game out of first after a 10-2 win over Mr. B’s in another mercy rule game.
Amelia’s Ristorante 18, King Sub 7: The winners had 18 hits in all in cruising to victory, led by winning pitcher Sean Babcock, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Jon Wood, who was 3-for-4 and drove in a run. Abe Johnson went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, while Ben Albright was 2-for-4 with a triple and Sean Caughey 2-for-5 with a double and four runs scored.
Babcock allowed seven hits with one strikeout in tossing a complete game. Paul Sweger tripled and Roger Karn doubled, each driving home a run, for King Sub.
King Sub 21, Central City Bar & Grill 14: King Sub 14-13 after five innings but scored five runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to rally for the win.
Waylon DeGraw and Karn both went 4-for-5 and drove in three runs to lead King Sub’s 19-hit attack, DeGraw with a home run poke. P.J. Dwyer went 3-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and two runs for the winners, while Bill Weddle (homer, four RBIs) and Dennis Hopkins (two RBIs) both went 2-for-4.
Nate Krause went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run for CCB&G, while Derrick Hartnett, Greg Newkirk and Brian Hart run) all went 2-for-4. Hartnett and Newkirk each drove in two runs.
The Tavern 10, Mr. B’s 2: Mike Holl threw a four-hitter and went 2-for-3 with a double and three runs as The Tavern rolled to victory with a 10-hit attack aided by 10 walks and two hit batters. Justin DeGraw went 2-for-3 with a triple, double, four RBIs and a run and Jason Bennison was also 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a run. Trevor Bush bashed a solo homer for one of the four hits by Mr. B’s.
Old-Timers Game
The 30th annual renewal of the Old-Timers Fast Pitch softball contest will be held at Meldrim Field 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 Old Timers’ skipper 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.