July 18, 2009


String of success lets
Ivan’s climb up to first

Ivan’s had a productive couple of days, and as a result is now in first place in the Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch League’s National Division.
Ivan’s swept a softball doubleheader from The Tavern by scores of 12-4 and 14-3 on Friday, a night after beating the same team 3-1 on Thursday night (in a late report), and is now 16-3 on the season. That’s good for first place in the division after NAPA fell to 16-4 on the season in a 10-9 loss to Outdoor Solutions.
In other National Division games King Sub and Meldrim Paint split a doubleheader, King Sub taking the first game 16-8 and Meldrim Paint the nightcap 10-1. Friends was a 7-1 winner over CCRP.
In the American Division, first-place Grand Rental Station rolled over Hooley’s 34-10 and Red Dragon shaded Gator’s Tavern 17-16.
Ivan’s 12-14, The Tavern 4-3: Jeremy Sutton (double) and Randy Phillips both went 4-for-4 for Ivan’s in the first game, while Art Buchanan Jr. was 2-for-2 with two doubles, Scott Sherman 2-for-3 and Josh Sutton hit a home run. Paul Yarnell (two triples, double) and Emmett Cole (double) both went 3-for-3 for The Tavern, while J. Newcomb went 2-for-3.
Jeremy Sutton had another perfect night in the second game, going 3-for-3, as did winning pitcher Corey Romans Ricky Stauber (double). Tony Marshall went 3-for-4, while Randy Phillips and Art Buchanan Jr. both went 2-for-4 with a double apiece and Josh Sutton homered again. Paul Yarnell went 3-for-3 to pace The Tavern, while Matt Bush, Randy Arnold and Pete Natale all went 2-for-3.
Outdoor Solutions 10, NAPA 9: Billy Epp drove home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for Outdoor Solutions, which led 8-4 after five innings before NAPA scored twice in the seventh to tie the game at 9-9. Epp and Matt Robinson (double) both went 3-for-4 for the winners, while Anthony Thompson (triple, double), Dave Forehand (double), Chris Maxfield and Randy Johns all went 2-for-3.
Bob Nelson went 4-for-4 with a double for NAPA, while Steve Phillips (triple, double) and Brian Dyer both went 3-for-4 and Dick Coats went 2-for-3.
King Sub 16-1, Meldrim Paint 8-10: Brian Bermudez smacked a homer and a triple and had four RBIs for King Sub, complemented by winning pitcher Miguel Maldonado and Dan Warner, who both went 3-for-4 with two RBIs each. Kyle Rogers went 3-for-4 for Meldrim Paint, with Bryan Morton and Chris Carpenter adding two hits apiece.
Jameson Lawton went 3-for-4 and winning pitcher Jason Seamans was 2-for-3 for Meldrim Paint in the second game. Bob Durbin went 2-for-3 to lead King Sub.
Friends 7, CCRP 1: Andy Smith went 2-for-3 and Nate Cobb 2-for-4, each with a double, for Friends, while Bob McAnulty went 2-for-3 for CCRP.
Grand Rental 34, Hooley’s 10: Winning pitcher Brian Taylor hit for the cycle and went 6-for-6 as the winners collected 40 hits on the night, including 12 doubles, four triples and four homers, and finished the night with an 11-run seventh inning. Brian Bowman (two homers, three doubles), Dan Harris (two triples, double) and Seth Montgomery (triple, double) all went 5-for-6, while Jason Hogan (two doubles) and Chuck Pitts (double) both went 4-for-6. Beef went 3-for-3 for Hooley’s while Ryne Austin (two runs) and Ryan Pennello (double) were both 2-for-3 and Matt Rutkowski (two doubles) was 2-for-4.
Red Dragon 17, Gator’s 16: Mike Greco included a three-run homer in the seven-run third inning as he went 4-for-5 for Red Dragon, teammate Chris Beattie tripling home two more runs in the same frame while Mike Hammond went 4-for-5 and scored three times for the winners, who did all of their scoring in the first three frames. Red Dragon’s Brett Wright went 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored three times, his brother Steve Wright was 2-for-2 and their father Darren Wright went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.
Dave Hubbard went 4-for-4 and scored three times for Gator’s, which batted around and scored eight runs in the bottom of the seventh before a diving catch by Brett Wright ended the game. Tom Cullip (triple, four RBIs), Eric Hubbard (three runs) and Scott Thomas (two runs) all went 2-for-3 for Gator’s, while Billy Decker drove in three runs.