August 02 , 2007


Bulldogs topple two foes


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Cortland Bulldogs second baseman Steve Wilson forces out Ithaca runner Wayne O’Brien druing Wednesday’s Senior League slow pitch softball game at Meldrim Field.  The Bulldogs won, 15-4.

It was a doubleheader sweep for Cortland Bulldogs in Central New York Senior Softball League action Thursday.
The host Bulldogs defeated Ithaca 15-4 in the first game at Meldrim Field before routing Endicott Skylarks Restaurant 18-6 in the second contest.
Cortland 15, Ithaca 4: After taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, Cortland never trailed. The Bulldogs plated five runs in the fourth to take a commanding 8-1 advantage.
Winning pitcher Mike Richmond helped his own cause by going 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. His battery mate, catcher Jim Grant, added a 3-for-3 effort to lead the Cortland offense.
Schoneman (double) and Vernon each had two hits for Ithaca.
Cortland 18, Endicott 6: Cortland jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and led 8-2 through two innings. Endicott closed to within 8-6 in the top of the fifth inning, but Cortland countered with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and five more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the victory.
Gene Signor led the Bulldogs by going 4-for-4 while Jim Grant went 3-for-3 and Steve Wilson was 3-for-4. The Bulldogs pounded out 22 hits in the game, all singles. Cortland also turned three double plays on defense.
Andy Kavulivh, Gordie Lewis and Bruce Wolf each had three hits for Endicott.
Cortland Bulldogs will hit the road Monday for a doubleheader at Union Fields in Endicott. The Bulldogs will play Endicott Skylarks Restuarant in the first game and Owego in game two.



Teeners nipped in semis

BINGJAMTON — A big first inning by the Town of Binghamton Sabers meant the end of the Cortland Teeners’ youth baseball season Wednesday night.
The host Sabers scored five runs in the first inning, and though held scoreless on only three hits the rest of the way by Teeners starter Ryann Hubbard, held on for a 5-4 playoff victory that ended the local squad’s season at 10-3-1.
Cortland scored three timers in the top of the third to get back in the game. Tony Whitt led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before Brandon Watkins walked and stole second. Justin Burns then singled both runners home, advancing to second on the throw home. Burns went to third on a wild pitch and scored one out later on a single between shortstop and third by Justin Hogan.
The only other Cortland run came home in the top of the seventh as Watkins drew a leadoff walk, went to second on a wild pitch, took third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly to deep right by Hubbard. The tying run got to second before a groundout ended the game.
While only managing five hits, Cortland stranded 10 runners in the contest and was able to turn two double plays defensively. Alex Stacey made a long run to snag a fly ball in center and doubled a runner off first, helped by a stretch by first baseman Hogan, and shortstop Whitt snagged a hard liner and also doubled a runner off first.
The Sabers advanced to the championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton.




Clash for first up next

The regular-season championship of the Cortland Fast Pitch Softball League has come down to one game as a result of Wednesday night’s games.
King Sub beat Mr. B’s 12-2 in a five-inning mercy-rule contest, while Amelia’s Ristorante downed Central City Bar & Grill twice, 15-4 and 10-7, in a pair of scheduled six-inning contests. King Sub and Amelia’s are now both 14-5 and will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Cortlandville with the top spot on the line as the regular season comes to a close. 
King Sub 12, Mr. B’s 2 (5 inn.): King Sub scored seven runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to victory. Waylon DeGraw went 3-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored, while Dennis Hopkins, Paul Sweger, Joe Volpicelli, Bill Weddle and Fred Ott all went 2-for-3. T.J. Griffin slugged a solo home run in the romp.
Starter and winner Jeff Carr (11-3) and reliever Roger Karn combined to allow Mr. B’s just five hits, Travis Cruikshank going 2-for-2 with a run to pace the losing effort.
Amelia’s 15-10, Central City 4-7: Amelia’s scored six runs in the third and four in the fourth in the opener to overcome a 1-0 deficit. Josh Wood went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, while Sean Babcock was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs and Mario Bodden (three RBIs) and Ed Southworth (two RBIs) both went 2-for-4. Ryan DuBois went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Mr. B’s, while Greg Newkirk was 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a run and Josh Zach also homered.
Amelia’s trailed 5-4 in the second game before scoring three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. After Central City tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, Amelia’s scored three more runs in the sixth for the final margin.
Jon Wood went 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and run for the winners, while Jared Wood (cited for his timely hitting late in the game), Babcock and Sean Caughey all went 2-for-4. Zach went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and two runs for Cemtral City, while Newkirk and Dave Holland both went 3-for-4. Matt Cobb went 2-for-4 with two runs and Mike Lowie was 2-for-5 with two runs.
Denny Zach was the winning pitcher in both games, while his grandson Josh took both losses. 
In Monday’s other games, both at Meldrim, Central City will play twice, against The Tavern at 6:30 p.m. and Mr. B’s at 8:15 p.m. The playoffs will start this Wednesday at Meldrim, with the first-place team meeting fourth-place Central City at 6:30 p.m. and the second-place squad going against The Tavern at 8:15 p.m.

Standings: King Sub 14-5, Amelia’s 14-5, The Tavern 12-7, Central City Bar & Grill 6-12, Mr. B’s 1-18