July 25, 2007


Groton, Eagles advance to final

Groton and the Cortland Eagles will meet for the baseball championship of the Cortland County Babe Ruth League’s Junior Division after both scored semifinal playoff victories Tuesday night.
Visiting Groton outscored the regular-season champion Homer White Sox 16-12, while the Eagles scored a 10-4 victory over the host Homer Rangers, the regular-season runners-up.
The championship game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Beaudry Park in Cortland.
Groton 16, Homer White Sox 12: Groton trailed 10-4 after four innings before scoring nine runs in the fifth on seven hits, a hit batter and a walk to go ahead for good. Nick Coombs and Logan Wannall had back-to-back two-run doubles, the latter putting Groton up for good, in that decisive frame. Isiah Young then doubled home Wannall, who had a pair of doubles on the night.
Starting pitcher Young, centerfielder Brian Chaffee and shortstop Wannall all had diving grabs to pace the winners’ defense. The White Sox were held to seven hits in the contest, but benefited from 16 walks.
Cortland Eagles 10, Homer Rangers 4: The Eagles, the third-place team in the division during the regular season, managed just seven hits — Jordan Southworth the only team member with more than one — but took advantage of 12 walks.
Starter and winner Ryan Flatt fanned three batters and allowed just one walk in five innings of work.
Jeff Eves had three hits, including a double, for the Rangers.




Teeners top M-E

The Cortland Teeners wrapped up their regular season Tuesday by beating the visiting Maine-Endwell Rangers 4-2 at Beaudry Park.
Brycen Dunn went 2-for-2 and scored a run for the winners (9-2-1), while Justin Hogan went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.  Ryann Hubbard had one hit, scored twice and stole two bases and Tony Whitt doubled.
Winning pitcher Justin Burns allowed four hits in five innings and allowed one earned run, while Cody Smith pitched two perfect innings to earn the save. Brandon Watkins and Justin Tabel were cited for their defensive performances.
Cortland will next begin the playoffs by hosting Owego, needing two wins to reach the finals Aug. 4 at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton.