August 14, 2009


Bishoff leads way in Beer Goggles victory

It was a mixed bag of first-round wrap-ups and the start of quarterfinal play in the Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League playoffs.
In American Division action, Stacy Bishoff drove in the winning run as Beer Goggles handed GSG Vincent/Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s a 3-2 loss in nine innings in their quarterfinal opener. Central City Bar & Grill won its first-round series in two games with a 20-2 pounding of Stone Lounge/Willcox Tires in five innings, and Red Dragon shut out Hooley’s for the second time, 12-0, to win that first-round matchup. Grand Rental Station/Gable Inn took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three quarterfinals by blanking Red Jug Pub 15-0.
In National Division playoff action, Hess and NAPA completed 2-0 sweeps in first-round play. Hess rolled Meldrim Paint 15-0 and NAPA nailed Friends 12-1. In the quarterfinals, The Tavern upset top-seed Ivan’s 19-12 and Outdoor Solutions topped King Sub 9-1.
Beer Goggles 3, Vincent/Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s 2, 9 inns.: Alan Griffen worked himself into scoring position in the top of the ninth and score the winning run on Bishoff’s fielder’s choice. C. Phalin led the winning attack by going 3-for-4, and Daron Foster added a triple to the win.
Bill Jerry led Vincent’s/Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s with his 3-for-4 bat, including a double. Sean Babcock was 2-for-4 with a triple.
Central City Bar & Grill 20, Stone Lounge/Willcox Tires 2, 5 inns.: Dennis Hopkins was 4-for-4 with two home runs, one double and five RBIs as Central City scored at will and rolled to the two-game sweep. Fred Ott added his own 4-for-4 bat with one double. Fred Tibke was 3-for-4 with two doubles while Fred Casterline (2 triples) and Jeff Hopkins also swung 3-for-4 lumber.
Gaylord Bucci was 4-for-4 for Stone Lounge/Willcox. Doug Seamans added his 2-for-2 effort.
Red Dragon 12, Hooley’s 0: Red Dragon built a 7-0 advantage through two innings and never allowed a single Hooley’s run t complete the two-game sweep. Jose Feliciano led the Dragons by going 4-for-4. Chris Beattie went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Mike Hammond was 3-for-4 as was Paul Mazzone.
Matt Rutkowski was the leading hitter for Hooley’s. Rutkowski went 2-for-3 with a double.
Grand Rental Station/Gable Inn 15, Red Jug Pub 0: Brian Bowman hit a double and triple to lead the 16-hit Grand Rental/Gable offense. It was truly an overall team effort and a solid defense night as the winners allowed just three Red Jug Pub hits.
Hess 20, Meldrim Paint 5: Hess broke open a close game by plating 16 runs in the final three innings and rolling to a 15-run victory and two-game first-round sweep. Danny Marks was a solid 4-for-5 with one double. Steve Furlong added his 4-for-5 bat that included a double and home run while A.J. Rouse was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. Matt DeGraw swung 3-for-4 lumber with two doubles.
Kyle Rogers went 2-for-4 to pace Meldrim Paint.
NAPA 12, Friends 1: NAPA sealed its advance from the first round with an 11-run second inning. Greg Zacek led the offense by going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Adam Potter and Bill Phillips added 3-for-4 swings with Mike Lederman going 3-for-3 for the winning team.
The Tavern 19, Ivan’s 12: The Tavern scored the first game upset in quarterfinal round best-of-three action by breaking a 7-7 tie and seven runs in the top of the sixth inning. Five insurance runs in the seventh sealed the game. Randy Arnold led the offense as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one home run. Jarrod Newcomb aided the attack by going 3-for-4 as well.
Jeremy Sutton and Arthur Buchanan, Jr. each delivered three hits for Ivan’s with Randy Phillips hitting a home run.
Outdoor Solutions 9, King Sub 1: The only inning that either team scored more than one run was a four-run post in the top of the fifth by Outdoor Solutions. That was more than enough. Nate Forehand, Billy Epp and Greg Eaton each went 3-for-4 for the winners. Forehand and Epp each hit a double while Eaton homered once in the first game of this quarterfinal series.