July 30, 2008


Homer Red, Dryden TTC advance

The favorites have made it to the finals of the Cortland Senior Babe Ruth baseball playoffs.
Top seeds Homer Red and Dryden Tompkins Trust & Insurance Company will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Beaudry Park in Cortland after posting semifinal victories last night at that same site.
Unbeaten South Division regular season champion Dryden TTC (15-0) opened up this twin bill by defeating Homer Blue 8-5, a seven-run outburst in the bottom of the second inning doing most of the damage.
Homer Red (13-2), first place finishers in the North Division, followed up with an 8-3 victory over the Fabius Falcons as  a five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth frame snapped a 3-3 deadlock.
Dryden TTC 8, Homer Blue 5: Both sides picked first inning runs, Homer Blue scoring an unearned tally while Jamie Pastorello had an RBI single for the Dryden TTC tally, when the top seeds took the lead for good in the second.
Dryden TTC batted around in that seven-run spurt, getting the most out of six hits including doubles by Alex Freyburger, Matt Phillips and David Scutt.
With the help of three Dryden errors, Homer Blue (6-9) picked up three runs in the top of the third to stay close. The game turned into a pitching duel between Dryden’s Pat Perkins and Homer’s Brent Quinlan the rest of the way. Perkins finished with nine strikeouts in five innings of work and picked up the win, while Quinlan fanned nine batters in six innings.
Pastorello finished 3-for-3 as Dryden TTC collected 10 hits, while David Scutt was 2-for-2. Catcher Andrew Barber threw out two Homer Blue baserunners trying to steal second and picked another off third base.
Zach Blanden finished 2-for-2 and scored twice for Homer Blue.
Homer Red 8, Fabius 3: Homer Red also banged out 10 hits in finally pulling away from Fabius (7-7-1).
Tyler Simonetta was the winning pitcher for Homer Red, as Fabius was held to four hits. J. Stuan did most of that damage, going 3-for-4 in a losing cause.
Homer Red got plenty of offensive contributions, with Mike Hartnett and Tom Belton each going 2-for-3 and driving home two teammates. Simonetta was 2-for-2 with an RBI, Andy Parker finished 2-for-3 and Jorge Martinez also collected a hit for the winners.
Trumansburg Still Alive
After coming back to upend  Homer Post 465 on Monday in a District 6 American Legion baseball tournament elimination contest, Trumansburg continued its winning ways Tuesday.
Trumansburg beat Sidney 10-4 in the loser’s bracket final and stays alive, to face Windsor this afternoon at 2 p.m. at Broome Community College in Binghamton.
Windsor suffered its first loss of the tournament yesterday, with Horseheads a 5-1 victor in the winner’s bracket title final. Winning pitcher Mark Ciccotti struck out 13 batters in the nine-inning game.
The Trumansburg-Windsor winner will meet Horseheads at 5 p.m. this afternoon in the championship round. If Horseheads loses, another game will be played at 5 p.m. Thursday.
A five-run rally in the sixth inning gave Trumansburg a 9-1 lead in the win over Sidney. Jarod Surine drove in three runs with a 2-for-4 bat for the winners, while pitcher Juston Smith was also 2-for-4 with a pair of ribbies.