July 17, 2010
Marauders end tiny losing skid
ENDWELL — Making the most of three hits and getting solid pitching from Jake Casey and Sully Hartnett, the CNY Marauders 16-U baseball team shut down the second place Maine-Endwell Cardinals for a 4-1 Friday night Southern Tier Teeners League victory.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the locals and gives the Marauders (5-6) a chance to finish the regular season at .500 with a triumphant trip to Vestal today. The playoffs are scheduled to start on Tuesday.
Starter Casey pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing a lone run on five hits while striking out seven to earn the mound victory. Hartnett came in after Casey had reached his pitch limit and earned the save getting the final four outs.
The Marauders got on the board by scoring twice in the top of the third inning. Leo Riley was hit by a pitch and Connor L’Hommedieu walked before both scored when the Cardinals first baseman dropped a throw after Casey grounded to second.
The Cardinals got one run back in the bottom of the third when the leadoff batter walked and was able to score on back-to-back singles by Chris Carlini and Marshall Tallon. From there Casey settled in and didn’t allow a runner past second base the remainder of his time on the mound.
Riley drove in two more runs in the top of the fourth to stretch the lead to 4-1. Tom Belton and Dylan Stafford made key defensive plays during the game.
“This was Jake’s first start for us this summer. He really did an excellent job after starting off the first two innings with a high pitch count,” said Marauders coach Tony Testa. “He came back strong and was able to give us almost six innings of work before reaching the 95-pitch count limit. We then called on Sully, who hadn’t pitched since early June, and he came out and worked ahead of the batters and got two big strike outs to close out the game.
“They both did a fantastic job and picked the whole team up,” he added.
Cortland Finishes Strong
Battling back from an early 6-0 deficit, Cortland finished off the regular season with an 11-9 victory over visiting Johnson City in a Southern Tier Teeners 13-14 baseball match-up at Barry School ‘s Guido Field on Friday.
The comeback completed a 10-1 regular season for the Cortland club, who should be the top-seed when the playoff brackets are drawn up Sunday night. The playoffs will get started this coming week.
Pitcher Quinn Kennedy took over mound duties in the second inning and went the rest of the way to get the win, Johnson City with a 9-8 hit edge for the game only to be held scoreless over the final three innings.
Andrew Babcock doubled, tripled and drove in three runs for Cortland while going 2-for-3, while Justin Sidebottom was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.
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