July 22, 2013
CFCU escape past Elks ‘extra’ sweet
Andrew Babcock rounded the bases and Clay Larson drove him home to complete a dramatic 10-inning victory for CFCU in a classic Cortland County Babe Ruth League baseball weekend clash.
Babcock drew a lead-off walk in the top of the 10th inning and stole second base. A sacrifice bunt by Zach Travis got Babcock to third, where he scored on Larson’s groundout to give first place CFCU a hard-fought 5-4 victory over the Cortland Elks.
In other weekend action, D.P. Dough shut out Cincinnatus 6-0.
CFCU 5, Cortland Elks 4: The two teams traded first-inning runs before CFCU took a 3-1 lead in the top of the third inning. Alex Babcock walked and scored when Andrew Babcock hit a triple. A single by Travis drove Andrew Babcock across the plate for the two-run cushion.
The Elks responded with solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings to even things up and that would be all the scoring until the ninth inning. Jake Smith drove home Richie Arnold, who doubled for the fifth inning run. Will Pace singled home Alphonso Gumaer in the sixth to tie the game.
CFCU went ahead 4-3 in the top of the ninth, which started when Luke Lang was hit by a pitch. Troy Vallese singled to put runners at the corners and Lang scored on a ground ball by Curtis Wilk.
The Elks bounced back in the bottom of the inning to stay alive. Gumaer reached base on a fielder’s choice and stole second base. A wild pitch allowed him to move to third, and a second wild pitch allowed Gumaer to score the tying run at 4-4.
D.P. Dough 6, Cincinnatus 0: Storm Grant did it on the mound and at the plate for D.P. Dough. Grant tossed a four-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts to earn the pitching victory and for good measure was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs.
D.P. Dough took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning and that was all the team really needed for victory.
Connor Smith had a 3-for-4 day for Cincinnatus with a double to account for most of his team’s hits. The other Cincy safety was a triple by Josh Heath.
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