July 24, 2012
Brix battles back to stay in playoffs
Brix stayed alive in the Cortland Fastpitch League softball semifinals on Monday, evening up their best-of-three playoff series with a 6-4 victory over Pappa’s.
Mike Avery ripped a go-ahead home run, Ben Albright picked up three RBIs and the second-seeds turned a crucial triple play defensively to force a decisive third game on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. back at Meldrim Field.
In the opening contest at Meldrim last night, regular season champion Dark Horse finished off a two-game sweep of Mister B’s with an 11-6 victory.
Starting Dark Horse pitcher Bill Morse allowed just four hits and struck out six in five innings of mound work, departing with a 8-2 lead while improving to 8-1 on the season. Both runs allowed by Morse were unearned.
Dark Horse will take on the Brix-Pappa’s survivor to get the best-of-three finals underway next Monday at Meldrim Field.
Brix 6, Pappa’s 4: This game was knotted at 4-4 heading into the top of the sixth inning when Avery hit his go-ahead home run for Brix (11-6). Brother Tom Avery’s sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh provided an insurance run for winning pitcher Dick Meldrim, the veteran hurler finishing with a six-hitter while shutting down the Pappa’s attack over the final five frames. He struck out two and survived walking six batters.
All four runs scored by third-seed Pappa’s (5-12) came in the bottom of the second, Anthony Pitts picking up a pair of RBIs in that rally while Jeff Lowe and Lenny Hubbard also drove home runs. But Brix avoided even more damage with a rally-killing triple play started by right fielder Cale Giroux.
Pappa’s would not score again, as Brix tied things up with a four-run response in the top of the fourth — three of those runs tripled home by Albright — before coming up with the crucial late-inning tallies that evened the series at a win apiece. Pappa’s had captured the opening game of the series 12-9 a week ago.
Giroux and Aaron Galutz were both 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the winners, Giroux legging out two doubles while Galutz also had a two-bagger. Brix collected nine hits off Pappa’s pitcher Mike Holl, who walked one and struck out one.
Dark Horse 11, Mister B’s 6: Dark Horse (15-2) never trailed, building up an 8-1 lead through the opening three innings.
The top seeds collected 10 hits overall, Paul Sweger going 3-for-4 with a triple, Jeff Carr driving in three runs with a 2-for-3 bat and Ed Southworth slugging a two-run homer in the top of the second inning.
Al Ondrako connected on a three-run homer in the bottom of the final seventh inning before the Mister B’s (3-14) season came to a close. Greg Newkirk was 2-for-3 in the loss, while Morgan DuBois and Mike Lowie were both 2-for-4. Both hits by DuBois were doubles.
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