August 6, 2010
Only one finals berth still to be determined
All but one of the Cortland Men’s Slowpitch League’s divisional softball semifinal series ended in 2-0 sweeps Thursday night.
Gator’s Tavern, the third-place finisher in the B Division during the regular season, ousted second-place Red Jug Pub 11-8 and will face first-place Bow-Jen/Post 489, an 18-4 winner over fourth-place Ivan’s Thursday, in the finals starting next week.
In the A Division, runner-up King Sub was an 11-3 winner over third-place Stone Lounge while regular-season champ Outdoor Solutions downed Woody’s C 14-1 to set up the matchup for the crown.
A Division winner Grand Rental, the defending champion, beat fifth-place Beer Goggles 16-2 for a berth in the finals. In the only series still ongoing, third-place GSG Vincent/St. Charles Hotel was a 5-4 winner over runner-up Central City Bar & Grill, necessitating a decisive third game in that series tonight.
Gator’s Tavern 11, Red Jug Pub 8: Winning pitcher Tom Cullip went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and four RBIs for Gator’s while Andy Ayers (double) and Bear Marshall both went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs each. Marshall also helped turn inning-ending double plays in each of the three innings in which Red Jug Pub scored runs. Mike Browngardt went 3-for-4 in the losing cause.
Bow-Jen/Post 489 18, Ivan’s 4: The winners’ 24-hit attack was led by Tony Keegan, who went 4-for-4 with a triple, and John Pensyl, who was 4-for-5 with a double and a triple. Nick Hoffmann (two triples), Waylon DeGraw (triple) and Tony Ortiz all went 3-for-5. Nate Parker and Corey Romans both went 2-for-3 for Ivan’s.
King Sub 11, Stone Lounge 3: King Sub led 6-3 heading into the seventh, when back-to back doubles by Tony Bates and Miguel Maldonado keyed a five-run outburst that sealed the win. Maldonado went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, while Greg Carrier was 3-for-3 with a double, Mitch Bush was 2-for-3 and Bates had two doubles and two RBIs. Chris Beebe (homer, RBI) and Dave Kreick both went 2-for-3 for Stone Lounge, and Billy Grant hit a homer and had two RBIs.
Outdoor Solutions 14, Woody’s C 1: Outdoor Solutions got all the runs it needed in the first inning, when it scored three times. Garrett Stage (homer), Matt Robinson (double) and Nate Forehand all went 3-for-4. Stage’s homer came back-to-back after a round-tripper by Chris Maxfield, who also doubled.
Grand Rental Station 16, Beer Goggles 2: The winners banged out 23 hits, 12 for extra bases, in the contest, led by Dan Harris, who went 4-for-4 with a triple, two homers and four runs scored, and Anthony Pitts, who went 4-for-5 with three homers. Casey Crandall went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Beer Goggles was led by Matt Rutkowski, who went 2-for-3 and doubled twice.
GSG Vincent/St. Charles 5, Central City 4: Mike Zaccardo ended the game with a homer in the bottom of the seventh to keep his team alive. Troy Boice went 3-for-3 and Ryan Mayo was 2-for-3 for the winners, while Jeff Carr tied the game for Central City with a homer in the top of the seventh.
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