July 27th, 2006


Post 489 staying alive at Districts

Avoids elimination by beating Lansing


Bill Sinsabaugh
CortlandPost 489 pitcher Aaron Galutz (3) gets high-five from coach Jeff Flegler after his sixth-inning mound work helped preserve a one-run lead against Lansing.Cortland went on to win 12-11.

VESTAL — Cortland Post 489 continues to walk the tightrope in the District 6 American Legion Tournament. Cortland (12-12) saw its 12-7 lead evaporate over the final three innings before holding on for a one-run victory over Lansing in a Wednesday elimination round contest.
Post 489 will look to stay alive today with a 4 p.m. game against Windsor Post 571 at Maine-Endwell High School.
“We took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning and never trailed again,” Cortland coach Jeff Flegler said. “We would keep building a lead and Lansing kept coming back.
“We used a lot more pitching than I wanted to. If it weren’t for Aaron Galutz, we would have been done.”
Galutz pitched the final three and two-thirds innings and allowed just four hits and two earned runs. Both Lansing runs in the bottom of the eighth were unearned after three errors and two passed balls. The bizarre inning ended on a strange 3-6-2 double play. With one out and two runners on, Josh Wood fielded a ground ball and stepped on first for the second out. Wood then threw to shortstop Tim Fulton, who relayed the ball to catcher Sean Finucane to tag the runner trying to score from third base to end the inning.
Teagan Barresi gave Lansing, a 22-11 winner over Binghamton Post 1645 earlier in the completion of a suspended game from Tuesday, with a double that scored Redmond.
Cortland countered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Dustan DiIorio led off with a single and Fulton followed with his own single. Finucane drove in DiIorio as Fulton advanced to third. With one out, Andrew Foster hit a sacrifice fly to right field that allowed Fulton to tag-up and score.
Lansing evened the score at 2-2 in the second when an RBI single by Mabry scored Mix.
Cortland grabbed a 5-2 advantage in the third. Finucane drove in DiIorio with a single. Foster and Galutz delivered back-to-back, two-out RBI doubles.
Lansing plated three runs in the fourth to tie the game at 5-5 on two walks and one hit batter with the base loaded.
Cortland went ahead 6-5 on a throwing error in the bottom of the fourth inning and Post 489 added two more runs in the fifth. Those runs came courtesy of back-to-back doubles by Jordan Caldwell and John Sinsabaugh.
After Lansing pulled to within 8-7 in the top of the sixth on a Mix two-run double, Cortland plated its final four runs in the bottom of the inning for a five-run cushion. DiIorio (3-for-3) was hit by a pitch to start things off. Fulton followed with a single and both runners moved up one base after successful steals. After a fielder’s choice loaded the bases, Foster singled home DiIorio. Galutz was out on a sacrifice as Fulton scored and the other two runners moved up. A walk to Caldwell loaded the bases again before Sinsabaugh doubled home Wood and Foster. A pop-out ended the inning as Post 489 sent nine batters to the plate in the_inning.
Lansing scored once in the seventh before plating the two unearned runs in the eight to narrow the gap to 12-10. A solo home run by Wolf with one out in the ninth got Lansing to within 12-11, but the next two batters wee retired to end the game.
“Aaron not only pitched well, but he stepped up at the plate (2-for-4) when we needed him,” Flegler said. “Dustan is 6-for-7 since he moved to the lead-off spot and John Sinsabsugh also delivered a couple of clutch hits. Everyone is really swinging the bat well right now.”
Flegler said that Stephen Wright will start today and he hopes that Wright can give him six innings or more. That way, there will still be some arms ready for as many as four more games.
In other games Wednesday, Johnson City Post 758 downed Endicott Post 82, 16-9, while Vestal Post 89 received a forfeit win over Windsor Post 571.
Today, only one undefeated team will remain after Johnson City and Vestal square off. Either Endicott or West Endicott Blue (1700) will be eliminated as well as Cortland or Windsor, leaving just four teams alive for Friday action.




SkyChiefs Clinic


Photos by Bob Ellis/staff photographer
The annual Syracuse SkyChiefs/Cortland Elks Club baseball clinic at Cortland's Beaudry Park provided pointers for young players Wednesday morning. Fleet SkyChiefs outfielder Wayne Lydon watches the swing of Dakota Bermudez (above) during the clinic, while Syracuse pitcher Ryan Houston (right) looks on as 8-year-old Danny Robinson throws a grounder to 6-year-old Schuyler Miller while honing their fielding skills.
Free SkyChiefs Tickets
The Cortland Youth Bureau, located at 35 Port Watson St. in downtown Cortland, has free tickets available for Saturday's Syracuse SkyChiefs game against the Charlotte Knights. The 7 p.m. contest will also have Wall of Fame inductions prior to the start of the game. For more information, contact that CYB at 753-3021.
SkyChiefs Beaten
SYRACUSE (AP) - Ed Rogers knocked in three runs for the Ottawa Lynx in a 9-3 win over the Syracuse SkyChiefs Wednesday in the International League.
Rogers doubled home Tony Alvarez in the third and hit a two-run double in the eighth. He also singled in the first.
Andy Tracy helped the Lynx with a two-run homer as Ottawa (55-51) broke open a 1-1 game with a four-run fifth inning.
Alex Rios, on major league rehab from the Toronto Blue Jays, doubled home Wayne Lydon in the first for Syracuse (46-59).