July 21, 2007


Mazzone Dragon Star


Bob Ellis/staff photographer     
Red Dragon’s Jose Feliciano, takes a cut on a pitch against Klever Lawn and Lawnscapes Friday enroute to a 2-for-3 performance in his team’s 17-16 victory.

While Paul Mazzone was the winning pitcher, it was his clutch hit in the bottom of the seventh inning that plated the tying and winning runs as Red Dragon edged Klever Lawns & Landscapes 17-16 on opening night of Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League A Division best-of-three playoff action Friday. All the winners took one game to none leads in their respective series.
In other A Division play, Grand Rental Station posted a 26-1 win over Woodman’s Pub/ Mark’s Pizzeria in five innings while Central City Bar & Grill used just five innings to defeat Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s 20-1.
In B Division playoff action, X-treme Performance topped The Tavern 24-15 and Palm Gardens edged Ivan’s 14-12.
In C Division playoff games, King Sub nipped T.J. Landscaping 21-19 and Graph Tex dumped K & H Motorsports 14-5.
Red Dragon 17, Klever Lawns 16: Red Dragon grabbed a 10-3 lead with nine runs in the bottom of the second inning as Jeremy Milligan (3x3, double, four RBIs) and Chris Beattie (2x4, four RBIs) each belted three-run homers.
Klever Lawns pulled even at 12-12 with three runs in the top of the sixth, but the Dragons answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to enjoy a 14-12 advantage. The Landscapers scored four times in the top of the seventh for a 16-14 lead before Red Dragon rallied and Mazzone delivered the knockout blow.
Ed Kelly was 4-for-4 for Red Dragon while Jim Beattie, Jose Feliciano and Dick Arnold (double) each went 2-for-3.
John Sarick was 4-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBIs for Klever Lawns while Kyle Rogers and Dave Palmer each went 3-for-4. Matt Price added a 2-for-3 bat with three RBIs.
Grand Rental Station 26, Woodman’s/Mark’s 1: Grand Rental Station plated 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning and rolled to the easy victory. Jamie Buck led the assault by going 4-for-5 with two doubles, while Jim Hogan (four runs scored) and Justin DeGraw (home run) each went 3-for-4.
Terry Durbin was 2-for-3 for Woodman’s Pub/ Mark’s Pizzeria.
Central City Bar & Grill 20, Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s 1: Central City scored seven times in the bottom of the first inning and were never threatened in the five-inning romp. Dennis Hopkins led the offensive by going 4-for-4 with a double, home run and six RBIs. Cory Langtry added a 3-for-3 effort while Bill Francis (double) and Fred Ott were each 3-for-4.
David Claiser had a double for the only extra-base hit for Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s.
X-treme Performance 24, The Tavern 15: X-treme Performance broke an 8-8 tie with three runs in the top of the fourth and five more runs in to fifth to take a 16-9 lead. Lance Finnerty went 6-for-6 with a double while Jim Finnerty was 5-for-6 with a triple and two home runs. Ralph Hall (double, triple) and K. Senter each added five hits while Josh Duso was 4-for-6 with a home run. Jon Shufelt (3x5) added a double and home run.
C. Bush was 4-for-5 with a triple for The Tavern while Brian Withey was 2-for-5 with two double. Kenn Pease went 2-for-4 with one double.
Palm Gardens 14, Ivan’s 12: Palm Gardens sealed its win with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 14-9 lead and held off a seventh-inning rally by Ivan’s . Joe Peterson was 3-for-3 with a home run to lead Palm Gardens to the victory. Greg Ruocco and Wilmot each added 3-for-4 bats. Ruocco had two doubles and Wilmot one.
Jon Stupke was 3-for-5 with a triple to pace Ivan’s with Lowery and Craig each adding three hits.
King Sub 21, T.J. Landscaping 19: Dan Warner belted a crucial two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning which to be the game-winning hit as King Sub took a 21-12 lead before holding off a furious seventh-inning rally by T.J. Landscaping. Vince Byrne was 4-for-4 to lead King Sub with Bob Gable, Bob Durbin and Josh Beattie each adding 3-for-4 efforts.
Tom Barber was 5-for-5 with three doubles to lead T.J. Landscaping. Justin Baker added a 4-for-5 effort.
Graph Tex 14, K & H Motorsports 5: Blake Battin broke a 5-5 tie with a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Battin went 4-for-4 to power Graph Tex to the win. Brian Silvers added a 3-for-3 effort for the winners.
Martin Mudge was 3-for-3 for K & H Motorsports.