July 27, 2011


Trio advance, Stone Lounge stays alive

Three teams advanced and one stayed alive as the first round of the Cortland Men’s Slowpitch Softball League playoffs resumed Tuesday night.
Seventy-Seven Club completed a two-game sweep of NAPA with a 12-8 triumph in C Division first round action, where Stone Lounge evened its best-of-three series with The Tavern after a 19-10 victory.
In B Division playoff play, Brix swept Woody’s/Mark’s Pizzeria thanks to an 8-6 triumph and Gator’s Tavern’s completed a two-game sweep over Outdoor Solutions with a 14-3 win.
In the A Division, Bow-Jen/Post 489 opened its series with Red Dragon by posting a 10-5 victory.
Seventy-Seven Club 12, NAPA 8: Seventy-Seven Club broke a 3-3 tie with six runs in the top of the third inning. The six-run burst was started with a Nick Mish solo home run. Mish went 5-for-5 in the game with two home runs and a double.
Dustan DiIorio added a 3-for-4 attack with a triple. Andrew Foster (double) and Josh Hempstead (HR) each swung 2-for-4 bats for the winners.
Mike Cullip hit two triples during his 2-for-4 effort for NAPA. Also going 2-for-4 for the losers were Brian Dyer, Steve Phillips (triple) and Billy Phillips.
Stone Lounge 19, The Tavern 10: Stone Lounge scored early, and often, to pull even with The Tavern in their playoff series. The Lounge plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning and enjoyed a 12-2 cushion through three innings.
Billy Grant led the 38-hit attack as he went 4-for-4 with a double, two triples and a home run. Lee Boreland (double) and Jeff Moore each swung 3-for-3 bats while Matt Bush (double, triple, HR), Joe Marks (2 doubles), Fred St. John each went 3-for-4.
Losing pitcher Kenn Pease went 3-for-3 with a double for the Tavern. Paul Yarnell (double) and Steve Smith were 2-for-3 each and Pete Natale was 2-for-4.
Brix 8, Woody’s/Mark’s Pizzeria 6: Brix rallied for a 6-2 deficit with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and four more runs in the fifth to complete the sweep.
Leon Burk and Dan Maricle each went 3-for-3 with one double for the winners. Burk scored two runs and Maricle drove in two runs. Tonee Labar hit a home run and was the winning pitcher.
Justin Hogan delivered a 2-for-3 performance with a home run for Brix. Whitt was 2-for-2.
Gator’s Tavern 14, Outdoor Solutions 3: Gator’s broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the top of the fourth inning and rolled into the semifinal round.
Tim Wright (2 doubles) and Dave Hubbard each went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the winning offense. Ian Spafford and Calvin Taylor each chipped in with 2-for-3 efforts. Spafford drove in three runs.
Peter Delacuadra led Outdoor Solutions by going 2-for-2 with a double. Josh Brown and Matt Compton added 2-for-3 bats.
Bow-Jen/Post 489 10, Red Dragon 5: Bow-Jen trailed 3-2 before scoring three times in the bottom of the fourth inning to take the lead for good. The home team added a solo run in the fifth and sealed the victory with a four-run sixth inning to take the first game in the best-of-three series.
Matt DeGraw led the winning attack by going 3-for-3. Tony Ortiz added a 3-for-4 night with Nick Hoffmann and David Forehand (double) each going 2-for-3.
Jose Felicano paced the Red Dragon as he went 4-for-4. Chris Beattie (double) and Steve Wright chipped in with 3-for-4 efforts.
There has been no word on the A Division series matching Central City with Beer Goggles.


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