July 18, 2007


Homer Yankees move into finals

The Homer Yankees earned a berth in the finals of the Cortland County Babe Ruth League Senior Division baseball playoffs Tuesday, downing Dryden TTC 9-6.
The regular-season champion Yankees are unbeaten in the double-elimination playoffs heading into Saturday, when they will face either TTC or Cortland Alliance Bank at Beaudry. The first game will take place at 5:45 p.m. A second game, necessary only if the Yankees lose the early contest, would take place at 8 p.m.
Alliance earned its slot in the losers’ bracket finals against TTC — to be played at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Beaudry — by beating Cortland Moose 1-0. Moose had advanced to that game with a 10-3 win over Marathon Sautter Construction, which in turn had eliminated DeRuyter in the continuation of a game that was suspended from Saturday and for which no report was submitted.
In the Junior Division, Cortland Exchange beat Cortland Elks, with no further information available. Exchange will go against Cortland Eagles at 5:45 p.m. Thursday at Barry School’s Dave Guido Field in a semifinal contest. Also on Thursday, Dryden APM will meet Groton at Ross Field in another 5:45 p.m. start.
Homer Yankees 10, Dryden TTC 6: The Yankees rallied twice, the second timer with four runs in the sixth, to advance to the finals. Winning pitcher Al Duell led off the sixth with a walk for the Homer squad, which trailed 6-5, and came home on a two-out double by Alex Nelson. After T.J. Casterline reached base on an error, Jack Kissel singled both runners home before eventually scoring himself on a single by Zach Blanden.
Dryden had taken a 3-0 lead with two runs in the second on an RBI single by C.J. Vanderbilt and a fielder’s choice, and one more in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Patrick Perkins. Homer scored five times in the fifth to take the lead, keyed by a pair of bases-loaded walks and an RBI single by Eric Rosato.
TTC retook the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth on an RBI groundout, an RBI double by Colby Gee and a run-scoring single by Perkins.
Cortland Alliance Bank 1, Cortland Moose 0: The only run of the game came in the fourth inning, scored by Alliance Bank’s Tony Whitt. He singled, stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a mishandled fly ball to the outfield. An attempted suicide squeeze by Moose went awry in the sixth when the bunt was missed and catcher Brian Clifford tagged Moose’s Justin Burns out at the plate.
Pat Phillips threw three scoreless innings with six strikeouts to earn the save in relief of starter Matt Carr, who hurled the first four innings. The pair combined to allow only two hits, while hard-luck losing pitcher Cody Smith threw a complete-game three-hitter with seven strikeouts.
Shortstop Brandon Watkins and catcher Justin Hogan were cited for their defense in the losing effort.
Cortland Moose 10, Marathon Sautter Construction 3: Garrett Wyatt went the distance, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts, as Moose advanced to meet Alliance. Justin Burns (triple, double, two RBIs, two runs) and Brandon Watkins (two runs) both went 2-for-3 for the winners, while losing pitcher Chase Wiley went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs for Sautter.



Rutkowski powers Beach House

Matt Rutkowski belted three home runs to lead Beach House to a 21-11 Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League B Division triumph over Palm Gardens in the regular season finale on Thursday.
In other B Division games. Aflac edged The Tavern 11-8 and Time Warner Cable stopped X-treme Performance 20-15. In a late B Division report from Friday, Red Jug Pub (19-2) wrapped up the regular season crown with a 21-11 win over Beach House.
In C Division action, Quali-D Automotive (16-4) closed out the regular season in first place after a 9-7 win over King Sub.
In A Division action, first-place Grand Rental Station rolled to a 24-9 win over Klever Lawns-N- Landscapes, Gator’s Tavern topped Central City Bar & Grill 21-14, Red Dragon edged St. Charles Hotel 6-2 and Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s defeated Woodman’s Pub/Mark’s Pizzeria 9-1.
Beach House 21, Palm Gardens 11: Rick Stauber added a 3-for-5 bat with two home runs as Beach House rallied from a 9-6 deficit with five runs in the top of the fourth to take an 11-9 lead and five more runs in the fifth to open up some distance.  Dave Webster was 4-for-5 with two doubles for the winners.
Joe Lovejoy was 3-for-4 to lead the Palm Garden attack.
Aflac 11, The Tavern 8: Alfac (10-11) scored five runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed. Dave forehand led the offense by going 4-for-4 with a triple. Jayme Evans added a 3-for-3 effort with Joe Vosburgh and Ryan McAnulty each going 3-for-4.
Paul Yarnell was 2-for-3 with a double and triple for The Tavern.
Time Warner Cable 20, X-treme Performance 15: Time Warner (10-11) scored 10 runs in the top of the second inning, but needed an eight-run burst in the fifth to secure the victory. Eric Toyama went 4-for-5 with a double and home run while Steven Lott was 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles to lead the winning attack. Nick Bucci, John Burns, Calvin Talyor and Eric Lott each went 3-for-5. Burns hit a home run while Bucci and Taylor each had one double.
Lance Finnerty hit two home runs for X-treme Performance with Jon Shufelt hitting one round-tripper.
Quali-D Automotive 9, King Sub 7: Tim Metcalf (2x3) belted a grand-slam home run during a five-run second inning as Quali-D Automotive jumped to a 6-0 lead and never looked back. Mike Wehnke and Art Buchanan, Jr. each added 3-for-3 bats with one double and one triple.
Bob Durbin was 3-for-4 with a double for King Sub.
Grand Rental 24, Klever Lawns 9: Grand Rental Station completed its 20-win season with a 14-run third inning outburst during the five-inning win. Jamie buck led the winners by going 4-for-5 with two doubles. Justin DeGraw (double) and Jim Hogan (three runs scored) added 3-for-4 efforts with Dan Harris (double) and Frank Tibke (home run) each going 2-for-3.
Kyle Rogers was 2-for-3 with a triple for Klever Lawns while Matt Price was also 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Gator’s Tavern 21, Central City 14: Gator’s jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, but sealed the win with six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Brian Keefer was 4-for-4 with a home run while Jeff Flegler went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four runs scored. Troy Boice added a 4-for-5 effort.
T.J. Griffin was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and Dennis Hopkins went 3-for-4 with two home runs to pace Central City.
Red Dragon 6, St. Charles Hotel 2: Red Dragon broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and added two insurance runs in the fifth. Brett Wright (triple) and Jim Beattie (double) each went 2-for-3 and scored two runs to lead the Dragonmen while Dicky Arnold drover in three runs while going 2-for-3. Chris Beattie (double) and Aaron Avery also had two hits each for the winners.
Dave Hubbard and Brian Hollenbeck each drove in one run for St. Charles Hotel.
Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s 9, WP/Mark’s 1: Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s used strong defense, including three double plays, to keep Woodman’s Pub/Mark’s Pizzeria scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning.
Playoff action in all three divisions will get underway with best-of-three first round action Thursday and Friday.
In A Division play Thursday at Dexter Park, fifth-seed Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s will meet fourth-seed Central City Bar & Grill at 6 p.m., followed by eight-seed Woodman’s/Mark’s against top-seed Grand Rental Station at 7:15. Seven-seed St. Charles Hotel round out the three-game schedule at 8:30 against second-seed Gator’s Tavern.
At Meldrim Field Thursday: six-seed Klever Lawns meets third-seed Red Dragon at 6 p.m. in A Division play; ninth-seed X-treme Performance will face eight-seed the Tavern in B Division plkat at 7:15 and 10-seed Ivan’s faces seven-seed Palm Gardens in another B playoff game at 8:30.
C Division playoffs take place at 6:30 Thursday with fifth-seed K&H Motor Sports meeting fourth-seed Graph-Tex on Beaudry I while six-seed T.J. Landscaping faces third-seed King Sub on Beaudry II.
On Friday the is as follows: Beaudry I- The Tavern meets X-treme Performance at 6:30; Beaudry II- King Sub meets T.J. Landscaping at 6:30.
At Dexter Field: Red Dragon vs. Klever Lawns at 6; Gator’s vs. St. Charles at 7:15 and Grand Rental vs. Woodman’s/ Mark’s at 8:30.
At Meldrim Field: Graph-Tex vs. K&H at 6; Palm Gardens vs. Ivan’s at 7:15; and Central City vs. Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s at 8:30.



Pall Trinity romps to remain undefeated

DRYDEN — Doug Mayne went 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs as Pall Trinity Micro improved to 9-0 with a 12-1 win over Fabio’s Italian Restaurant in Duke Erickson Co-Ed Softball League action.
In other games on Tuesday, Roadhouse posted a 12-4 win over Paddy’s Pub, Dryden Lumber downed McNeil & Company 16-3 and Marietta Corporation doused McLean Fire Department 21-6.
Pall Trinity Micro 12, Fabio’s 1: Desirea Vorhis added a 3-for-4 effort for Pall Trinity while James Effinger (two doubles) and Matt Connor (home run) were each 2-for-4.
Roadhouse 12, Paddy’s Pub 4: Jamie Buck was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, home run and three runs scored to lead Roadhouse to the win. C.J. Talarski (double), Brian Taylor (two doubles) and Justin DeGraw (home run) added thee hits each.
Luke Stevens was 3-for-3 with a triple for Paddy’s while Cyle Prugh was 2-for-3 with a double.
Dryden Lumber 16, McNeil & Co. 3: Forrest Lacey (3-for-3) hit a two-run homer to highlight an eight-run seventh inning for Dyrden. Patt Capps (three doubles) was also 3-for-3 while Mark Cooley (double) was 3-for-4 for the winners.
Paul Neske (double) and Dave Reimer each went 2-for-3 for McNeil.
Marietta Corporation 21, McLean F.D. 6: Alicia Chace was 5-for-5 with a double, home run, five RBIs and four runs scored to pace Marietta, which batted around in both the fourth and sixth innings. Demian Piotti added a 4-for-4 bat with a double.
Calvin Carr went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and home run for McLean Fire Department.




TC3 to host Legion final

The Cortland County American Legion baseball champion will be crowed Sunday at Tompkins Cortland Community College in Dryden, where Cortland Post 489 is the top seed among three teams.
Homer Post 465 and Marathon Post 617 will meet at 1 p.m. in the first of two games slated for TC3, with the winner to face Cortland Post 489 a half-hour after the opening contest is completed.
The winner advances into the District 6 Tournament being held the following week in the Binghamton area.
Homer is scheduled to visit Marathon tonight in a regular season finale.



Y Stingers stand out at Sertoma Invitational

ENDICOTT — The Cortland YMCA Stingers distinguished themselves over three days of swimming at the Union Aquatic Club’s 34th Annual Sertoma Long Court Invitational Meet that finished up this past weekend.
There were 29 teams and 419 athletes competing at the George W. Johnson Memorial Pool, those entries stretching from Canada to New Jersey.
Among the 15 Stingers taking place in the 50-meter long course pool, Quinn Kennedy took second in the high-point coach in the 10-and-Under Boys’ Division. He racked up a trio of second place finishes and was third on seven different occasions.
Other Top Three finishes went to Emily Elliott in the 8-and-Under Girls’ Division, Madison Bossard in the 10-and-Under Girls’ Division and Taeho Ryu in the 13-14 Boys’ Division.
“I was very pleased with the way the kids competed,” said Coach Mike Falls, the Stingers prepping for this big meet by competing in various Southern Tier Swim League meets since beginning summer workouts in May.
“Several swimmers posted lift-time best times and braves the outdoor conditions well,” added Falls. “Endicott is always a fun and challenging meet and the swimmers stepped up to the blocks and swam great.”
Next up for the Stingers is the STSL Championships on Saturday in Bath.
Next week, recent Cortland High graduate and incoming Boston University freshman Gregory Wissink, Cortland High junior Gerrit Wissink and Homer Central freshman Ryu are headed to White Plains to swim for the Central New York Regional in the 2007 Empire State Games.
The Wissink brothers have made previous appearances to the games, while it will be the first ESG experience for Ryu.


Jr. Tigers get nipped

LANSING — The winning run scored on a wild pitch, capping a three-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning, as host Lansing A beat the Cortland Junior Tigers youth baseball squad 11-10 Tuesday evening.
With the win, Lansing A avenged a 5-4 June loss to the Junior Tigers, who are now 5-3 on the season. The hosts trailed 10-6 heading into the bottom of the fifth, when they scored twice, and held Cortland scoreless in the top of the sixth before their winning rally.
Y. Brian Hughes went 2-for-2 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored for Cortland, while Caden Giroux (triple, three runs) and Justin Sidebottom (two RBIs) both went 2-for-3. Victor McCutcheon, Kody Cranston, Quinn Kennedy and Andy Price all singled in the losing effort.
The Junior Tigers host Homer at 6 p.m. Thursday at Andrews Field in Cortlandville and visit Skaneateles at 10 a.m. Saturday.