August 4, 2009


Gallop to finals for Dark Horse

Dark Horse will have to wait and see who it will do battle with for the 2009 Cortland Fast Pitch League playoff softball title.
While the second seeds were sweeping their best-of-three semifinal series with a 6-2 victory over The Tavern Monday night at Meldrim Field, Central City Bar & Grill stayed alive by out-scoring regular season champion Stone Lounge 19-14 in the other semifinal contest.
Central City and Stone Lounge will now meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Meldrim Field to see who advances into the best-of-three finals, which will get underway this coming Monday.
Dark Horse 6, Tavern 2: The Tavern struck for a pair of first inning runs and had chances to add to that lead before Dark Horse came up with a five-run rally in the fifth inning to move ahead for keeps.
That early 2-0 Tavern lead started with singles by Anthony Pitts and Tom Avery. After a wild pitch, Mark Kinner delivered a two-run base hit.
The Tavern had runners on first and second in the second inning with no outs but failed to score, a strikeout and two infield pop-ups following. In the fourth with runners on second and third with two outs, a strikeout snuffed another Tavern scoring chance.
Dark Horse pulled to within 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth when Bill Weddle reached third after an outfield error and scoring on Waylon DeGraw’s ground-out.
The decisive rally in the fifth started when Travis Marshall reached on a fielder’s choice and T.J. Griffin singled before taking second on a wild pitch. Roger Karn’s sacrifice fly tied the game at 2-2 and Jeff Carr’s RBI single put Dark Horse in the lead. A two-run Weddle double and DeGraw run-scoring single did the rest of the damage.
Carr finished with an eight-hitter while blanking The Tavern over the final six frames, striking out three and not allowing a walk. Hard-luck loser Mike Holl tossed a five-hitter with three strikeouts, five different Dark Horse batters with those hits.
Avery and Kinner were both 2-for-4 for The Tavern.
Central City 19, Stone Lounge 14: Central City trailed 10-9 heading into the bottom of the fifth, scoring three runs there and tacking on seven more tallies in the bottom of the sixth to take control. Stone Lounge made some four-run noise in the top of the seventh before falling short.
Ryan DuBois homered to power a 26-hit Central City offensive, which saw leadoff stick Mike Lowie go 5-for-5 with four RBIs while scoring three times. Nick Triolo drove in three runs with a 4-for-4 bat in the victory, while Ryan DuBois was 3-for-4, older brother Morgan DuBois 3-for-5 and Jeff Kaltenback 3-for-4.
Everyone in the Central City line-up had at least two hits.Brandon Galutz was 3-for-4 and A.J. Meldrim homered for Stone Lounge, which managed 14 hits off winning pitcher Lowie. Ben Albright, Aaron Galutz, Abe Johnson, Joe Bodden and losing pitcher Dick Meldrim all had two hits for the top seeds.