July 22, 2009


Playoff ‘trips’ for local sides


Joe McIntyre/Staff Photographer
Marauders’ Kyle Ritz (13) is called safe on an attempted force out by Tyler Hubbert (53) of West Corner I at second base in the bottom of the second inning of Tuesday’s Teeners playoff game at Homer High.

Tuesday night wasn’t kind to the area’s two Southern Tier Teener 14-Under League baseball teams, as both were beaten and eliminated from the post-season playoffs in the first round.
The CNY Marauders fell behind early and came up just short with a late rally in a 9-7 loss to visiting West Corners I’s M&R Construction at Homer High School, while Cortland rallied to take the lead in the sixth before host Newark Valley scored twice in the seventh for a 5-4 victory.
West Corners I 9, CNY Marauders 7: The winners scored four runs in the first inning, three on a home run by winning pitcher Hubbert, and never looked back. The Marauders trailed 5-0 before scoring three times in the second, that uprising quelled by a bases-loaded double play. From that point, Marauders starter Peyten Boice settled down and wound up allowing five hits and two earned runs with 10 strikeouts in his five innings of work.
“Peyten came back strong after the first inning, when he was hit pretty hard by Hubbert and Davis,” Marauders coach Tony Testa said, Davis with a triple and a run scored on a wild pitch. “He really did pitch well, and our defense that has played so well all season just made too many mistakes and we allowed far too many unearned runs. We also failed to take advantage early off their starter, leaving too many guys on base.
“All year we have been so successful with the big hit when we needed it and playing errorless ball. Tonight West Corners came to play and took full advantage of our mistakes. The boys played hard but just couldn’t overcome the mistakes and missed opportunities.”
The hosts trailed 9-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth and got one run back as Jake Casey singled, stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a passed ball.
The score remained 9-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, with Kyle Ritz and Chase Davis working walks off Hubbert, who had come on in the third, before Matt Norris doubled down the right-field line to score Ritz. Davis scored on a fielder’s choice before Casey doubled to left with one out to plate Norris. Casey then made it to third but was stranded there on an inning-ending fly ball.
“The last inning just reaffirmed what I knew about these boys all season,” Testa said. “They never gave up and came out that last at-bat to try to either tie the score or win it. You want to have an opportunity with the middle of your lineup to win the game, and the boys at the bottom and top gave us that chance.”
Casey went 2-for-3 with the double and RBI, Norris had two RBIs and Boice a triple for the Marauders, who totaled five hits in the game.
Newark Valley 5, Cortland 4: After falling behind 3-0, Cortland scored four times in the top of the sixth to take the lead for the first time. Victor McCutcheon led off with a single to center and went to third on two wild pitches. Caden Giroux then walked before Brian Hughes singled to left to score McCutcheon. One out later, a groundout moved the runners to second and third before Justin Sidebottom lashed a two-run single to center to tie the game 3-3. Sidebottom took second on the throw home and scored on a single by Zack Whalen to make it 4-3.
Newark Valley tied the score on a sacrifice fly and won it on an run-scoring infield error, advancing to host West Corners Thursday in the semifinals.
Sidebottom was the starter and went four innings, surrendering three earned runs and six hits with six strikeouts. Hughes threw the final three innings and took the hard-luck loss, giving up two runs, one earned, in 2-2-3 innings, and two hits while fanning three batters.
Cortland finished the season 8-4.
IN TEENERS LEAGUE 16-Under playoff action, the CNY Marauders will host Windsor at 6 p.m. at Homer High in a semifinal contest tonight, the winner advancing to the leaugue title game at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton.