August 18, 2010
Bombers take 3rd at Series
DES MOINES, Iowa — The New York Bombers took third place last week in the 40-team 2010 NAFA A Major World Series in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Cortland-based squad went 6-2 over four days, eliminated 9-5 by El Paso Steel (N.M.) in the loser’s bracket finals Sunday morning. El Paso Steel then went on to beat winner’s bracket survivor Goring Lawn Care of St. Paul, Minn., twice in the afternoon 8-3 and 7-3 to claim the championship.
Cortland’s Tom Avery hit .519 (14-for-27) with a home run, eight RBIs and eight runs scored and was named to the All-World Tournament team along with teammates Jake Wasielewski and Bruce Hackett.
As for the other local members of the team, Marathon’s Mark Kinner finished at .429 (9-for-21) for the tournament with a homer, five RBIs and eight runs; Cortland’s Jeff Carr hit .348 (8-for-23) with three homers, including a grand slam, nine RBIs and seven runs and Roger Karn of Cortland caught seven of the eight games and batted .267 (4-for-15) with six runs while walking seven times.
The Bombers opened the tournament on Thursday with a 9-0 win over Home Federal from Nebraska, then beat the Colorado Rage 8-0 on Friday before losing 6-4 to Crow Bar from Sioux Falls, S.D., later that day. Once in the loser’s bracket, the Bombers beat Home Federal again, this time 6-3, on Saturday evening before turning around and taking out the Iowa Cocks 5-3 Saturday night.
A 10-0 romp over Crouch Electric/Cary’s Trucking from Michigan Sunday morning, highlighted by Carr’s grand slam, was followed immediately by a 21-6 demolition of River Dogs from Boise, Idaho. The Bombers, playing their third game in a row, were then ousted by El Paso Steel, which moved on to the finals and ultimately took the major hardware.
The Bombers, who ended up outscoring their opponents by a cumulative count of 67-27 in their eight games, are now 32-9 on the season and will next compete in the 17th annual Elkland (Pa.) B Tournament Aug. 28-29.
Solar Squad Prevails
DeRUYTER — Green Sun Solar won three games over the weekend to win the DeRuyter Fair Men’s Fastpitch Tournament, capped by a 7-4 win over Centro’s. Matt Rutkowski bashed a game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh for Green Sun Solar.
Centro’s, led by pitching legend Bill Morse, who helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base, scored three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the contest at 4-4. Aaron Galutz and Sean Babcock (2-for-3, two runs, stolen base) singled ahead of the homer by Rutkowski, who was the Offensive MVP. Anthony Pitts won defensive MVP honors.
Green Sun Solar also beat Hiawatha Inn and Prospect en route to the title.
For the tournament, Morgan DuBois went 6-for-10 with a home run, two RBIs and five runs for the champions. Rutkowski finished 4-for-5 with the homer, four RBIs and four runs scored, Galutz was 4-for-8 with three RBIs and three runs and Ben Albright was 3-for-6 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs.
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