July 25th, 2006


First tourney setback for Post 489

ENDWELL — After this loss, the road to a District 6 American Legion baseball title gets tougher for Cortland Post 489.
After suffering a 7-1 setback to Endicott Post 82 on Monday at Maine-Endwell High School, Cortland has to remain unbeaten to stay alive in this double elimination tournament.
Post 489 managed a lone second inning run against a pair of Endicott pitchers, finishing with eight hits. No one in the line-up had more than one hit.
That sends Coach Jeff Flegler’s team into a loser’s bracket contest this afternoon, Cortland to face Oxford-Norwich in a 5 p.m. start at Vestal High School.
Endicott starting pitcher Steve Hadden allowed that lone run through six innings of work, with Mike LaBarbera blanking Post 489 over the final three frames.
“He kept us off balance but he wasn’t throwing the ball hard,” said Flegler of his team’s work against Hadden. “When we did hit the ball hard, we seemed to hit it right at someone.”
Flegler also recalled a number of line drives that were just foul, including a long poke by catcher Sean Finucane that would have been his third home run of the tournament had it stayed fair.
Cortland trailed 1-0 when it scored its lone run in the top of the second inning. Aaron Galutz reached on a bunt single, stole second and scored on John Sinsabaugh’s two-out base hit to left field.
But Post 489 never could get ahead, Endicott stretching its lead to 6-1 when Mike Wood hit a two-run homer off starting pitcher Galutz in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Cortland had a chance to cut into that deficit in the top of the seventh when Jordan Caldwell singled and Sinsabaugh walked. But a grounder to third, an infield pop-up and a grounder to first thwarted that scoring opportunity.
“If we could have scored there it could have been a different game,” felt Flegler.
But Endicott would add an eighth inning run to pad the lead. Jason Hogan did triple in the top of the ninth for Cortland, but was left stranded.
Starting hurler Galutz was reached for eight hits before Hogan took over in the seventh inning. Endicott finished with a dozen hits overall.
Dave Nirchi and Wood would drive in all seven runs for Endicott. Nirchi finished 3-for-5 with four RBI, while Wood was 2-for-3 with threeribbies.
“It wasn’t like we beat ourselves. We didn’t make a million errors,” said Flegler, Cortland with two fielding miscues.
Endicott Post 82 advances in the winner’s bracket, to face Johnson City at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson City.
Vestal and Windsor also remained unbeaten, Vestal rolling past Oneida 12-1 and Windsor out-scoring West Endicott 15-10. Vestal and Windsor meet Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Vestal.
In elimination contests Monday, Lansing topped Sidney 10-7 and Horseheads defeated Oneonta 11-8.
Oxford-Norwich lost 8-7 to Vestal in the opening round, but got a day off before facing Cortland today. Caldwell will get the start for Post 489.


A-Rod slump may be over

Gets two hits as Yankees take 6-2 victory at Texas


The Associated Press
New YorkYankees’ Alex Rodriguez hits an RBI double off Texas Rangers’Bryan Corey in the seventh inning Monday in Arlington. The Yankees won 6-2.

AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas — Alex Rodriguez looked more like himself in his return to Texas.
The slumping two-time AL MVP had two hits, scored the go-ahead run and was error-free in the field in the New York Yankees’ 6-2 victory over the Rangers on Monday night.
“He had good at-bats, he hit good pitches. He had a good night,” manager Joe Torre said. “Now the key is just to put something together. And it doesn’t have to be hits. The quality of the at-bats is something he’s looking to have right now.”
Lustily booed by the fans of his former team — the one that gave him the record $252 million contract — Rodriguez snapped an 0-for-11 streak with a single in the fourth and then scored the go-ahead run.
“I liked the seventh better,” Rodriguez said, referring to his RBI double. “I’ve been feeling better. I’ve was swinging a little too hard in Toronto, trying to do too much. It was nice to contribute to win.”
Rodriguez finished 2-for-5. He has only six hits his last 32 at-bats, and on Saturday he struck out four times in a game for the first time since 1995.