August 01 , 2007


Horseheads thumped by Post 489 bats

BINGHAMTON — The Cortland Post 489 baseball team bounced back in a big way Tuesday to stay alive in the District 6 American Legion Tournament at Conlon Field in Binghamton.
Dropped into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination event after an 8-6 loss to Oneonta Post 259 Monday, the local squad rolled to a 16-5 win over Horseheads Post 442 on Tuesday in a game that ended after eight innings by the 10-run rule.
Horseheads had eliminated Marathon Post 617 earlier Tuesday in a 13-10 slugfest.
Catcher Sean Finucane led the way for the winners, going 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs, while Aaron Galutz went 2-for-3 with a first-inning grand slam and the four RBIs. Ian Spafford had a three-run homer to cap a seven-run eighth that gave Post 489 its winning margin after Horseheads failed to score in the bottom of the frame.
Codi Clayton, the third of four Cortland pitchers in the game, got the win, allowing one hit and an earned run in three innings of work.
Cortland will next play at 2 p.m. Thursday against the loser of today’s 6 p.m. winners’ bracket semifinal between two-time defending district champion Johnson City Post 758 and Sidney Post 183.
“We still have our work cut out for us,” Post 489 coach Jeff Flegler said. “We’re still set up pretty well; the only think I don’t like is that we had to use Codi, our top reliever, so long today. Tim Fulton will start for us Thursday, and we’d start Jason Hogan in the first game and Galutz in the second game on Friday. Steve Wright would start the first game (of the finals) on Saturday, and then we’d piece it together in the second game.
“I think we can get on a roll; we’re by no means out of this. Our bats came alive against Horseheads.”
Horseheads 13, Marathon 10: Cody Bellefleur walked four times and scored three runs for Marathon, which had lost 4-2 to Oxford-Norwich on Sunday. Rejean Archambeault cracked a three-run homer while Mike Graham and Shaun Merrill had three hits apiece for Horseheads, which scored seven runs in the second inning to move ahead 8-2.



Graph-Tex, X-men advance in playoffs

It decisive playoff softball tests, Graph-Tex and X-treme Performance both were able to advance past the first round.
Dan DeRancy went 3-for-3 with a home run and six runs batted in as the Graph-Tex Collegiate Catastrophe closed out its three-game Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch League C Division playoff series with a 16-11 win over K&H Motor Sports.
Graph-Tex moves into the semifinals after prevailing in the decisive game, the teams having split two previous meetings.
In B Division playoff action, X-treme Performance took the rubber game 14-12 over The Tavern to win its series 2-1.
In A Division playoff action, Red Dragon nipped Klever Lawns-N-Landscapes 4-3 in the decisive series contest. Semifinal round action then began with Grand Rental Station topped Central City Bar & Grill 21-11, while Gator’s Tavern out-slugged Red Dragon 11-7. Both winners took 1-0 leads in the best-of three series.
The playoffs resume Thursday, the schedule listed under the Calendar on page 12.
Graph-Tex 16, K&H Motor Sports 11: Graph-Tex took a 6-3 lead after one inning and built a 13-3 cushion by the bottom of the fourth inning. K&H answered with six runs in the top of the fifth to narrow the gap to 13-9, but the Collegiate Catastrophe plated three runs in the bottom of the sixth for some more breathing room.
Pat Semeraro added a 3-for-4 bat with a double, home run and five RBIs to the Graph Tex attack while Gordy was 3-for-3 for K&H.
X-treme Performance 14, The Tavern 12: X-treme scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning to build a 7-4 advantage, but the game remained close until a five-run burst in the bottom of the fifth allowed X-treme to take a 14-6 cushion. The Tavern rallied with two runs in the sixth and four more runs in the seventh before the rally fell two runs short.
Lance Finnerty went 5-for-5 with a double and home run to lead X-treme Performance while Jon Shufelt was 4-for-4 with two doubles. Bryan Parker belted three hits for the winners with Josh Duso, Frank Belonsoff, Dave Casey and Ralph Hall contributing two hits each.
Matt Bush was 3-for-4 with a home run for The Tavern, Mark Helms (home run), Kenn Pease (double) and Paul Yarnell added two hits each.
Red Dragon 4, Klever Lawns 3: Klever Lawns overcame an early 1-0 deficit with three runs in the top of the fourth inning, but the lead was short-lived. Red Dragon countered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on over the final two innings for the win and advanced to the semifinal round.
Jeremy Milligan was 2-for-2 with two runs scored while Chris Beattie drove in two runs with his only hit. Red Dragon got a total of five hits in the win.
Matt Price was 3-for-3 for Klever Lawns while John Sarick went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.
Grand Rental Station 21, Central City Bar & Grill 11: In a wild high-scoring game, Grand Rental Station broke an 8-8 tie with seven runs in the bottom of the five inning and sealed the game with six more runs in the sixth.
Jim Hogan led the winning attack by going 4-for-4. Dan Harris added a 3-for-3 effort with a double and triple, while including Jeff Lang (double, home run), Jason Lansing (double) and Jamie Buck (triple) each went 3-for-4. Waylon DeGraw (double, triple) added two hits.
Dennis Hopkins led the Central City attack by going 3-for-4 with a triple. Bill Francis was also 3-for-4 while Cody Potter went 3-for-3. Seven more players each had two hits.
Gator’s Tavern 11, Red Dragon 7: Gator’s scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a grand-slam home run by Andrew Pierce and never looked back. Gator’s added two more runs in the second, fourth and fifth inning, plus a solo run in the third for an 11-5 lead.
Sean Babcock belted a triple for Gator’s while Jason Reynolds hit a double. Jeremy Milligan hit a double for Red Dragon.