August 07, 2007


Amelia’s earns top playoff seed

A fast start helped Amelia’s Ristorante claim the regular-season championship of the Cortland Men’s Fast Pitch Softball League Monday night.
Amelia’s scored five runs in the first inning and was never headed in beating King Sub 8-2, earning the top seed for the upcoming playoffs as well. The two teams went into the final night of the regular season tied for first at 14-5.
In other games Monday, The Tavern beat Central City Bar & Grill 6-4, and Central City downed Mr. B’s 15-3 in a six-run mercy rule game.
The playoffs open Wednesday at Meldrim, with fourth-place Central City going against Amelia’s at 6:30 p.m. and The Tavern, the third-place finisher, going against sister team King Sub at 8:15 p.m.
This Monday, also at Meldrim, King Sub and The Tavern meet at 6:30 p.m. while Amelia’s and Central City go at it at 8:15 p.m.
Amelia’s Ristorante 8, King Sub 2: Joe Bodden’s three-run home run was the key to the fast start by Amelia’s. Bodden went 2-for-3 on the night with the homer, three RBIs and run scored. Jon Wood went 2-for-3 with a double for the winners, and Jared Wood had a three-run double in the sixth to cap the scoring.
Wayland DeGraw (double) and Jeff Carr each went 1-for-3 with an RBI for King Sub, which managed seven hits off winning pitcher Denny Zach (three strikeouts). Carr (two strikeouts) took the loss.
The Tavern 6, Central City Bar & Grill 4: Trailing 3-0 after the first half-inning, The Tavern scored twice in the first and three times in the second to take control for good and finish the regular season at 13-7.
Brian Taylor went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run for the winners, who had only five hits in the game off Josh Zach (three strikeouts). Winning pitcher Mike Holl also tossed a five-hitter and fanned seven. Seth McMahon went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Greg Newkirk had a triple and two RBIs for Central City.
Central City Bar & Grill 15, Mr. B’s 3: Ryan DuBois went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs to key a 16-hit Central City attack, while his brother Morgan went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs. Mike Lowe went 2-for-5 with a homer, double, two RBIs and two runs scored, Dave Holland and Newkirk both went 2-for-4.
Zach threw a five-hitter with two strikeouts, Shane Cameron going 2-for-3 with a triple, RBI and two runs for Mr. B’s, which also got a triple from Lenny Hubbard.
Final Standings: Amelia’s 15-5, King Sub 14-6, The Tavern 13-7, Central City Bar & Grill 7-13, Mr. B’s 1-19



Bulldogs sweep up

ENDICOTT — Pinch-hitter Bruce Davison singled home J.D. Pabis with the eventual winning run in the top of the eighth inning Monday as the Cortland Bulldogs shaded Dick’s Garage of Owego 12-11 in a Central New York Senior League softball contest.
The Bulldogs also beat the Endicott Skylarks 11-8 on Monday.
Bulldogs 12, Dick’s Garage 11: Pabis went 4-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs and also scored twice to lead the way as the Bulldogs unleashed an 18-hit attack. Steve Wilson (RBI) and Bernie Mertz both went 2-for-3 for the winners, while Mike Dexter (rwo RBIs), Dave Barber and Mark Connell all went 2-for-4 and Dick Brown had two RBIs. Jim Grant was the winning pitcher in relief.
Bulldogs 11, Endicott Skylarks 8: Cortland trailed 5-3 before scoring three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to take control. Connell went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run, while Pete Delacuadra (triple, three RBIs), Dave Narby and Pabis  both went 2-for-3. Dave Barber was 2-for-4 with two runs, while Denny Howe (three RBIs) and Mike Dexter (two RBIs) both hit home runs. Grant was the winning pitcher.
The Bulldogs host Horseheads Moose at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Meldrim.