July 27, 2010


Both playoff semis going the distance

It’s all even in both semifinal series of the Cortland Men’s Fastpitch League softball playoffs.
Wayne Wheeler went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs scored to lead Central City Bar & Grill to a 9-7 victory over Stone Lounge in the early game at Meldrim Field on Monday night, getting that best-of-three affair deadlocked at win apiece.
In the late game, Adam Koehler went 3-for-4 with a double and triple during Dark Horse’s 6-4 triumph over Mr. B’s that tied that series up at 1-1.
Game three for each series will take place Wednesday. At 6:30 p.m. it will be Central City and Stone Lounge battling, with the Mr. B’s-Dark Horse match-up to follow at 8:15 p.m. back at Meldrim Field.
Central City 9, Stone Lounge 7: With the score tied at 1-1, Stone Lounge went on the offensive in the top of the fourth inning and plated six runs. The first highlight was Abe Johnson’s RBI triple. A.J. Meldrim with a walk and Joe Bodden singled home Johnson. Roger Karn (2-for-4) drove home both Meldrim and Bodden. Karn then scored on a Ben Albright (2-for-4) base hit.
Central City got one run back in the bottom of the inning before scoring three times in the fifth. Back-to-back walks to Mike Lowie and Al Ondrako started the inning off. Greg Newkirk (2-for-4) singled down the first-base line to score both runners. Wheeler hit a single that allowed Newkirk to score and pull Central City to within 7-5.
The turning point of this game may well have been the top of the sixth inning. Stone Lounge loaded the bases, but was unable to score a single run.
Central City used the momentum from his defensive effort to scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to take control. Asa McMahon drew a walk to lead off the bottom of the inning for Central City. Brian McDermott followed with a single. Ondrako got his only hit of the game, a triple, that scored both teammates to knot the score at 7-7.
Morgan DuBois (2-for-3) singled home Ondrako for the go-ahead run. DuBois would later score on a ground ball to give Central City a 9-7 advantage that held up as Stone Lounge would not score in the top of the seventh.
Jeff Kaltenbach aided the winning effort by going 2-for-3. Sean Caughey swung the big bat for Stone Lounge as he went 3-for-5.
Dark Horse 6, Mr. B’s 4: Dark Horse grabbed a 4-1 lead over the first two innings. Despite playing with just eight guys, Mr. B’s hung tough the whole game. With two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Mr. B’s only trailed 5-3, but never got closer than two runs.
T.J. Griffin led the Dark Horse attack, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three stolen bases. Second baseman Adam Koehler chipped in with a double and triple as he went 3-for-4.
Pitcher Jeff Carr tossed a six-hitter for the Horsemen and kept the opposition off-balance much of the game.
Mark Kinner led Mr. B’s with his 2-for-4 bat that included a first-inning solo home run. Kinner also hit a double and drove in two runs. Matt Rutkowski, Mike Holl, Tom Casterline and Billy Francis each recorded one hit.

Final Regular Season Standings: Stone Lounge 12-1, Dark Horse 8-5, Mr. B’s 5-8, Central City Bar & Grill 1-12


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