August 13, 2009
Dark Horse wins title series opener
Dark Horse drew first blood in the best-of-three Cortland Men’s Fast Pitch Softball League championship series Wednesday night with a 2-1 win over Central City Bar & Grill at Meldrim Field.
Jeff Carr threw a complete-game three-hitter with five strikeouts for the winners, out-dueling Mike Lowie, who allowed nine well-spaced hits and fanned one for Central City.
Dark Horse, which finished second during the regular-season, opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning as T.J. Griffin singled, went to second on a passed ball, stole third and scored on a fielder’s choice by Roger Karn. The eventual winning run was scored in the fourth as Travis Marshall and Griffin singled and, with men on first and third with two outs, Griffin stole second and Marshall scored as the throw to second went into center field.
central City, the regular-season runner-up, scored its only run in the top of the seventh. Morgan DuBois doubled, went to third on a fielder’s choice and scored on a one-out wild pitch. Second baseman Hopkins then made an over-the-shoulder catch for the second out before Carr notched his fifth strikeout to end the game.
The winners also turned a double play in the fifth to end a minor Center City threat.
Griffin went 3-for-4 with a run while Marshall (run) and Karn both went 2-for-3 for Dark Horse, Hopkins (double) and Carr with one hit apiece. Morgan DuBois, Ryan DuBois and Nick Triolo had one hit each for Central City.
The second game of the series is slated for 7 p.m. Monday at Meldrim Field.
The annual Cortland High Alumni Baseball Game will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at Beaudry Park, with batting practice slated to start at noon.
All interested former players just need to show up to participate. Further information is available by calling John Tobin at 753-9744 or Abe Johnson at 835-6623.
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