August 7, 2006


Tully captures Junior title


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Homer’s Jordan Pettit slides safely into home as the baseball bounces away from Tully catcher Patrick McLure during the Babe Ruth Junior Division championship game Saturday afternoon at Barry School. Tully took the title, 7-4.

Ben Smith pitched six innings before getting relief help from Steve Schad as Tully Black Knights held off a late-game rally by Homer Athletics to post a 7-4 win in the Cortland County Babe Ruth Junior Division championship game Saturday at Barry Elementary School.
The Athletics advanced to the title game with a 9-5 victory over the Homer White Sox in the first of two games played Saturday to finish off this double-elimination playoff session.
Tully 7, Athletics 4: Tully built a 6-0 lead before the Athletics scored all their runs in one burst in the sixth. The Black Knights added one more run in the bottom of the sixth.
Michael Courtwright paced Tully by going 3-for-3 while Brian Bartleson was 3-for-4. Schad added a 2-for-4 effort with one double. Smith helped his own cause with an RBI double.
Hunter Osborne led the Athletics by going 2-for-4, but he was the only player to record more than one hit for his team.
Tully is responsible for the other Athletics loss in the playoffs, having won 7-3 on Thursday when a five-run third inning broke a scoreless standoff.
Athletics 9, White Sox 5: The Athletics scored eight unanswered runs in the second through fourth innings to pull away for keeps.
Zephan Kash (2x4) and Joe Marchetti (3x4) each doubled and drove in two runs for the Athletics, backing the complete game eight-hit pitching of Ethan Forster. Lance Burhans was 3-for-4 for the White Sox.




Johnson’s Brickyard woes end

AP Auto Racing Writer

INDIANAPOLIS — Three hours after an improbable Indianapolis Motor Speedway victory, Jimmie Johnson was in desperate search of a cold beer.
His gritty win Sunday was finally sinking in and Johnson was ready to celebrate.
Boy, did he earn it.
Johnson ended a career of frustration at Indy on Sunday by winning a race that had derailed his championship hopes the past two seasons.
“This has been the critical time leading into the championship, but this track has been an emotional disaster or some sort of disaster for us,” he said. “I’m just speechless.”
The perpetual points leader has never been able to put together a full season, and his swoon typically begins at the Brickyard. He went into the race as the leader the past two seasons, but finished 36th in 2004 and 38th last year to cough it away to Tony Stewart — who parlayed the victory into his second championship while Johnson faded all the way back to fifth.
So as Johnson kneeled on the Yard of Bricks with a bewildered look on his face, he seemed oblivious to the celebration going on around him. As he stared straight ahead, he began to absorb what the win meant: Johnson is the clear favorite to finally win a Nextel Cup title.