July 26, 2011
No. 1 seed for playoffs grabbed by Dark Horse
Dark Horse wrapped up the top seed for the upcoming Cortland Fastpitch League softball playoffs with a 4-1 victory over Syracuse/Auburn on Monday night.
Bill Morse tossed a seven-hitter and struck out eight batters as Dark Horse finished up a 14-2 regular season campaign at Meldrim Field. Dark Horse actually will be regular season co-champions with Brix, but earned the No. 1 seed for the playoffs on a tie-breaker — scoring exactly one more run than Brix in head-to-head match-ups this summer.
Brix (14-2) finished strong by posting a pair of victories last night, doubling up Central City Bar & Grill 16-8 at Cortlandville before rolling past Syracuse/Auburn 15-3 in the Meldrim Field nightcap.
The best-of-three opening round of the playoffs get underway at Meldrim Field on Wednesday, with Dark Horse getting a rematch with fourth seed Syracuse/Auburn in the 6:30 p.m. opening contest while second seed Brix takes on third seed Central City Bar & Grill around 8:15 p.m.
Dark Horse 4, Syracuse/Auburn 1: While Morse limited Syracuse/Auburn to a lone unearned run in the top of the seventh, Dark Horse came up with a pair of two-run rallies in the first and fifth frames off losing pitcher Pete DiLallo.
Leadoff man Adam Koehler went 3-for-3 and scored twice for Dark Horse, who finished with nine hits including a Dennis Hopkins triple and Mike Myers double. Myers was a perfect 2-for-2 for the winners.
Mike McKie had 3-for-4 hitting success for Syracuse/Auburn.
Brix 16, Central City 8: Six runs in the top of the first put Brix in control of things, though Central City would wind up with a 16-14 edge in base hits.
Chad Newton, Ben Albright, Josh Wood, Roger Karn and Sacsmaldo all had two-hit outings for the winners, Sacsmaldo and A.J. Meldrim each driving in three runs. Mark Kinner and Bochlet had three-hit games for Central City.
Brix 15, Syracuse/Auburn 3: Karn finished 4-for-5, Sean Caughey had three hits and A.J. Meldrim and Jon Wood each drove in three runs as Brix broke things open scoring 10 runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings. McKie had two of just six hits for Syracuse/Auburn off winning pitcher Karn.
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