August 2, 2011
Brix, Dark Horse to clash in finals
After tying for the regular-season title, Brix and Dark Horse will meet for the championship of the Cortland Men’s Fastpitch League after winning their respective semifinal series in different styles Monday night.
Second-seeded Brix, after losing the first game of its best-of-three softball series with Central City Bar & Grill 10-6 last Wednesday, won twice on Monday — 12-9 and 13-9 — to advance.
Top-seeded Dark Horse, meanwhile, completed a two-game sweep of Auburn-Syracuse with a 15-2 five-inning mercy rule win. The two finalists had actually tied for first place with 14-2 records, Dark Horse getting the nod on runs scored in head-to-head matchups.
The first game of the best-of-three championship series will take place Wednesday at Meldrim Field starting at 7 p.m. The second game will take place this Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. at Meldrim, with the third game, if necessary, immediately following.
Brix 12, Central City 9: Abe Johnson cracked a two-out three-run homer in the top of the sixth to give Brix the lead for good, 10-8, in the opener. Brian Ballard’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth had given Central City the lead at 8-7.
Sean Caughey went 4-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs for Brix, while Ben Albright went 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs. Johnson was 3-for-4 with the homer, three RBIs and three runs and Caden Giroux was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and two runs. Dick Meldrim got the decision, and Roger Karn earned a save.
Jeff Kaltenbach went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs for Central City, while Ballard (homer, three RBIs), Kirchner (triple) and Al Ondrako all went 2-for-4.
Brix 13, Central City 9: In the second game, Brix broke out early with an eight-run first and never looked back, though Central City used a five-run third to pull to within three at 10-7. Caughey (double, two RBIs) and Josh Wood both went 2-for-3 to lead the way, while Albright was 2-for-4 with a double and a run, A.J. Meldrim homered, drove in two runs and scored one and Karn was the complete-game winner.
Mark Kinner went 4-for-5 and scored twice for Central City, while Jeff Wolffe was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Ballard hit another homer, collected two RBIs and scored twice.
Dark Horse 15, Auburn-Syracuse 2: The winners scored 10 runs in the third inning en route to the easy win. Dennis Hopkins led the 16-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and a run scored, while Jeff Carr went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Paul Sweger (five RBIs), Adam Koehler (two RBIs) and Mike Myers all went 2-for-3, and T.J. Griffin went 2-for-4 with three runs.
Winning pitcher Bill Morse threw three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, and is now 10-1 on the season.
Former King Sub standout Mike Lowe went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Auburn-Syracuse.
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