August 17, 2009
Cortland kids rule in Homer
The Crown City All-Stars from Cortland secured the Homer Classic Little League baseball title with four victories this past weekend at Griggs Field.
In this two-day tournament for 11-12 year olds, Crown City nipped the Homer 12-year-old squad 2-0 in Sunday’s championship game as pitchers Quinn Kennedy and Matt Morgan combined on a three-hit shutout.
Leading up to that title tilt, the Cortland kids defeated the Homer 11-year-olds 10-4 and held Dryden hitless in a 6-0 shutout on Saturday. In the semifinals on Sunday, Crown City topped Baldwinsville 5-1 to advance into the finals.
Crown City 10, Homer 4: Crown City took the lead for good on a Nate Turkow two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning. Scottie Schlenker and Matt Griffin were both 2-for-3 to lead a 10-hit attack, Schlenker scoring twice while Griffin drove home two runs. Zach Whelan, Ryan Tuttle, Kennedy and Morgan all doubled in the victory. Morgan, Kennedy and Griffin teamed up to hold the younger Homer squad to two hits.
Crown City 6, Dryden 0: Kennedy and Whelan combined on a no-hitter as Cortland cruised to victory. After walking the first batter he faced, Kennedy struck out the next 12 Dryden hitters. Whalen finished up the last two innings, whiffing three batters.
Kennedy was also 3-for-3 and scored twice. Tuttle legged out a triple, while Whelan and Morgan had doubles, as part of a nine-hit Cortland outing.
Crown City 5, Baldwinsville 1: All five runs scored by Cortland in the semifinals came in the bottom of the first inning, including a two-run homer off the bat of Whelan. He also doubled in the fourth inning to finish off a 2-for-2 performance. Gage Eldred tripled and scored in a first inning that also saw Schlenker, Morgan and Turkow score runs after hitting singles.
Morgan and Whelan combined to pitch a four-hitter , the Crown City defense making a lone error in the contest. Morgan struck out five batters over four innings, Whelan with four Ks over the final two innings.
Crown City 2, Homer 0: Kennedy picked up his second mound win in the championship game, striking out five batters over four innings. The defense bailed Kennedy out of third inning trouble after a walk and a single by Jake Hayes (2-for-3), as middle infielder Morgan and first baseman Turkow turned a double play on a grounder.
Morgan picked up a save in relief and struck out four batters, Justin Prentice helping out in right field with a leaping, back-handed grab of a drive with a Homer runner in scoring position.
Kennedy was 2-for-2 and scored on a Whelan first inning double. Turkow singled and scored the other Cortland run in the second, Richie Arnold’s base-hit bringing him home as Cortland made the most of six hits in the title contest.
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