July 21, 2008


Moose rallies past Tully in final frame

Dylan Stafford singled home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday as Cortland Moose scored a 7-6 Cortland County Babe Ruth League baseball win over Tully.
McGraw beat Cortland Eagles 10-7 and lost to Fabius 8-7 in other league games Saturday. In a late report from Friday, Cortland Moose tripped the Cortland Eagles 9-3.
Cortland Moose 7, Tully 6: Stafford lashed a 1-1 pitch from Adam Kemp to right to end the game after Nick Crosby had been intentionally walked to load the bases. Doug Adsit (2-for-4) had led off the inning with a single before Brandon Watkins walked. A field’s choice out followed, and after the intentional pass Stafford came through. Brian Bartleson of Tully had singled and later scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Each team managed five hits in the contest.
McGraw 10, Cortland Eagles 7: The hosts trailed 4-0 after two and a half innings but scored 10 runs over their last four at-bats for the win, totaling five hits in the game. Wayne Buerkle (two runs) and Chris Torres (run) each had a hit, while winning pitcher Nick Cowen scored twice. Alex Boyland went 3-for-4 and scored twice for eagles, while Nick Baldassarre went 2-for-4 and Noah Bishop (double) scored twice.
Fabius 8, McGraw 7: The winners broke a 6-6 tie with two runs in the top of the seventh, capped by Brett Muench’s single to score Casey Blanck, and then held their hosts to one run in the bottom of the frame. Mike Rotundo had two of the winners’ four hits, while Mark Hitt had two of the five hits McGraw collected and scored three times.
Cortland Moose 9, Cortland Eagles 3: Winning pitcher Will Lessard and relieve Watkins (save) combined on a two-hitter for Moose, which batted around and scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to break open a close game. Nick Crosby went 2-for-2 and Lucas Bush 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the winners, while Watkins fanned five of the eight batters he faced over the last two innings. Eagles centerfielder Bishop was cited for his defense.
PLAYOFFS BEGIN begin Tuesday, with Cortland Alliance visiting Tully at Tully High and Cortland Eagles hosting McGraw at Beaudry Park. Both games start at 5:45 p.m.
On Thursday the Alliance-Tully winner meets Homer Red at Homer High, while the McGraw-Eagles winners visits Dryden TTC at Dryden Elementary. In other games, Fabius faces Homer White at Dave Guido Field and Homer Blue and Moose collide at Beaudry. All four games start at 5:45 p.m.