August 03 , 2007


Sidney ends Post 489’s season

BINGHAMTON — The Cortland Post 489 American Legion baseball team didn’t want to finish its season like this.
Coach Jeff Flegler’s squad had come within one game of being in the District 6 championship contest the past two seasons. It fell short of that stage this summer, however, falling 12-2 to Sidney Post 183 at Conlon Field Thursday in a losers’ bracket elimination game that was ended after the eighth inning due to the mercy rule.
“It’s unfortunate we played the way we did this week,” Flegler said, his team closing the season at 19-8-1 after going 2-2 in the district event, including an opening-round forfeit win over Lansing. “We’re obviously a much better team than this. But we have different guys banged up, and with just 14 players on the roster it’s hard to do things. This is the first time in three years that injuries have affected us.”
Thursday’s game was close for the first three innings. Cortland scored once in the first as Brett Wright walked, went to second on an error, advanced to third on a deep fly to left by Sean Finucane and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Aaron Galutz.
Sidney scored twice in the second to take the lead, but Post 489 tied it at 2-2 as Tim Fulton an error, went to second as Finucane walked and, one out later, scored on a single to left by Dustan DiIorio. Cortland left the bases loaded in the frame, and didn’t mount a serious threat the rest of the game.
The key play of the game, as Flegler saw it, happened in the bottom of the fourth. Sidney had already scored once to take the lead and had the bases loaded with two outs when a fly ball was misplayed in the outfield, all three runners scoring on the play to make it 6-2. “That took the wind out of our sails,” Flegler said.
After scoring a run in the seventh, Sidney scored five more times in the eighth on one hit, a walk and four Post 489 errors (of eight total in the game) to reach the 10-run advantage that ended the contest early.
Cortland managed just four hits (also including a double by Jason Hogan) off winning pitcher Kyle Palmer. Fulton started for Post 489 and took the loss. Cody Rose went 3-for-5 with a double, and RBI and three runs scored for Sidney, while Tyler Newman went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Sidney was to face Oneonta Post 259, a 16-3 winner over Oxford-Norwich Thursday, at 3 p.m. today, the winner meeting two-time defending champion Johnson City Post 758 for the losers’ bracket title at 6 p.m. The winner of that game will face Vestal Post 89 for the championship at 6 p.m. Saturday, with a second game to immediately follow if Vestal loses.
Vestal beat Johnson City 9-1 in 11 innings Thursday to stay perfect in the tournament and earn its berth in the finals.



More lax honors for CHS’s White

Add another honor to Joel White’s ever-expanding lacrosse resume.
The recent Cortland High graduate, a midfielder on this spring’s Purple Tiger squad that advanced to the Section 3 Class B championship game, was named to the 2007 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America Team earlier this week. A total of 350 players around the country, from 80 geographic areas, were named All-Americans in a process coordinated by the high school committee of the U.S. Lacrosse Men’s Division Council.
White, who will continue his lacrosse career at Syracuse University, was also recently selected as a member of the U.S. team for the 2008 Under-19 World Championship, and was named a 2007 Under Armour All-American, one of 44 seniors nationwide to be so honored. He scored 55 goals and added 48 assists in leading CHS to an 18-3 overall record this past season, and was an all-OHSL B and All-CNY first-teamer.
Among other players named to the 2007 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America Team from the New York State Central Region are LaFayette midfielder Josh Amidon, West Genesee goalie John Galloway, CBA attackman Jack Harmatuk and Jordan-Elbridge defenseman Tom Guadagnolo, all of whom are also headed to SU to play collegiately.
Other New York State Central Region selections are Carthage junior midfielder Rob Grimm, Tully senior defenseman Tim Henderson and Baldwinsville senior attackman Jack Venditti.  





Grand Rental Station, Gator’s in A final

The Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League A Division championship series has now been set, with Grand Rental Station poised to battle Gator’s Tavern in the best-of-three series that begins Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. at Dexter Park.
Grand Rental Station edged Central City Bar & Grill 16-15 to complete a two-game of their semifinal series Thursday while Gator’s completed its semifinal sweep with a 12-9 win over Red Dragon.
The B and C Division began their next rounds with game one of their best-of-three series Thursday,
In the B Division quarterfinals, NAPA defeated Aflac 11-4, Friends topped X-treme Performance 15-8 and Beach downed Time Warner Cable 11-4. There was no report from Red Jug Pub vs. Ivan’s.
In C Division semifinal play, Graph Tex nipped Quali-D Automotive 13-12 in nine innings and CCRP beat King Sub 18-3 in five innings.
Grand Rental Station 16, Central City Bar & Grill 15: Grand Rental had to overcome 1-0, 7-1, 10-7 and 10-9 deficits before finally taking the lead with a seven-run spurt in the top of the sixth inning. Central City tries to rally in the bottom of the seventh with five runs, but fell just short.
Jeff Lang led Grand Rental by going 4-for-4 with three doubles and one triple. Frank Tibke (double) and Jim Hogan also went 4-for-4 while Jamie Buck was 4-for-5.
Dennis Hopkins, Fred Ott, Pat Curry and Adam Levine each went 3-for-4 for Central City. Hopkins hit a home run and double while Ott also homered.
Gator’s 12, Red Dragon 9: Gator’s broke a 7-7 tie with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Eric McLaughlin went 4-for-5 with one double for Gator’s with Troy Boice adding a 3-for-4 effort with two doubles. Jason Reynolds chipped in with a 3-for-3 bat.
Brett Wright was 3-for-3 with a double, triple and home run to power the Red Dragon attack, which featured just nine players on the hot, humid night. Jose Feliciano (double), Mark Coon, Chris Beattie and Dick Arnold also hit triples for Red Dragon.
NAPA 11, Aflac 4: NAPA used a five-run fifth inning to build a 10-3 advantage. Dan Jampole led the attack by going 2-for-3 with two doubles while Greg Zacek was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. John Canzano and Mike Lederman also went 2-for-3 for the winners.
Jayme Evans was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs for Aflac.
Friends 15, X-treme Performance 8: Friends scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an 11-8 lead and added two more runs in each of the next two innings to secure the victory.
Dave Seamans was 4-for-4 with two triples to lead Friends. Kevin Willcox and Tim Robison (double) each added 3-for-4 bats while Trevor VanDee and Dave Gascho were each 3-for-3.
Lance Finnerty was 3-for-4 with a double while Jim Finnerty went 2-for-3 with a double and triple to pace X-treme.
Beach House 11, Time Warner Cable 4: Beach House scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning and never looked back. Joe Grossi was 3-for-4 and Matt Galindo was 2-for-3 with a double to lead Beach House. The leading hitter for the winners went 4-for-4, but no full name was provided.
Graph Tex 13, Quali-D Automotive 12, 9 inns.: Zach Greenfield hit a double and the winning run scored on a throwing error in the top of the ninth inning to give Graph Tex the victory. Quali-D Automotive did get runners on the corners in the bottom of the inning before a fly-ball out ended the game. Quali-D tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out single by Terry Metcalf.
Blake Battin was 3-for-5 with a triple, home run and three RBIs to lead Graph Tex to victory. Pat Semeraro added a 3-for-5 effort.
John Cavanaugh was 3-for-4 for Quali-D Automotive.
CCRP 18, King Sub 3, 5 innings: Jeremy Baker was 3-for-3 while D.J. Marks and Matt Stark (double) each hit home runs during a 12-run third inning as CCRP rolled to victory.