August 9, 2011


Dark Horse, Brix head to Game 3 showdown

The championship of the Cortland Men’s Fastpitch League comes down to one game after Dark Horse and Brix split the first two contests of the best-of-three softball series Monday night.
Dark Horse won the Meldrim Field opener 3-1 before Brix pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh in the second game for a 7-6 victory. The decisive contest was slated for 6:30 p.m. today at Cortlandville Park.
The two teams tied for the regular-season championship, Dark Horse winning the tie-breaker for the top seed in the playoffs by virtue of outscoring Brix by one run in their head-to-head meetings. So it only seems fitting the two rivals are taking the playoffs down to the wire.
Dark Horse 3, Brix 1: Bill Morse threw a complete-game four-hitter with nine strikeouts as Dark Horse won the opener.
fter Brix started the scoring with a run in the top of the first, Dark Horse took the lead for good with a two-run fourth and added another run in the fifth. Paul Sweger singled in the fourth for the winners and later scored on a Brix error to tie the score before Mike Myers doubled home Travis Marshall with what would prove to be the game-winning run.
T.J. Griffin scored the fifth-inning insurance run for Dark Horse on a sacrifice fly by Dennis Hopkins. Griffin led off with a single, then stole second and was sacrificed to third by Jeff Carr. Brix’s first-inning run was scored by Cale Giroux, who singled before coming home on a double by Brandon Galutz. Dick Meldrim was the hard-luck loser, allowing six hits with three strikeouts.
Sweger and Giroux led their respective teams offensively as both went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Brix 7, Dark Horse 6: Giroux knocked in Sean Caughey with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to even the series after Dark Horse had rallied from a 6-0 deficit after three innings to tie the game. Giroux had homered earlier, and finished with three RBIs.
Brix scored four runs in the first inning, the big blows a double by Caughey, a two-run home run by Giroux, a triple by Ben Albright and a single by Josh Wood. Aaron Galutz singled in the second and came home on an error, and Brandon Galutz bashed a solo homer in the third to give Brix a 6-0 lead.
Sweger homered in the fourth to get Dark Horse on the board before a five-run sixth tied the score. Sweger and Bill Weddle had RBI singles in that frame, and Brix also committed a pair of costly errors.
Caughey opened the bottom of the seventh with a single, went to third on an error and scored the game-winner on a groundout by Giroux.
Brandon Galutz (double, homer) and Abe Johnson (triple) both went 2-for-3 for Brix, while Caughey went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Sweger went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs scored for Dark Horse.
Winning pitcher Roger Karn threw a complete-game four-hitter with no strikeouts and eight walks and was also victimized by three Brix errors. Morse worked the first two innings for Dark Horse before Carr came on in relief, giving up four hits and one run, the game-winner, in five innings of work with three strikeouts.


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