August 21, 2008


Dark Horse gains upper hand in championship series opener

Dark Horse

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dark Horse hitter Waylan Degraw watches his three-run homer sail into deep left field during Wednesday’s 4-0 win over Beer Goggles in the Cortland Fast Pitch championship opener at Meldrim Field.                 

Jeff Carr threw a three-hitter Wednesday night as Dark Horse blanked top seed Beer Goggles 4-0 at Meldrim Field in the first game of the Cortland Men’s Fast Pitch Softball League championship series.
Carr fanned two batters in the contest, while Beer Goggles starter Mike Holl and last-inning reliever Tom Avery combined to give up just seven hits, Holl with three strikeouts.
Dark Horse, which finished third during the regular season, scored all of its runs in the fourth inning. Dennis Hopkins and Kevin Putnam singled to put men on first and third with one out before Paul Sweger singled Hopkins home. Waylon DeGraw then hit a three-run home run to deep left field to close out the scoring.
Regular-season champion Beer Goggles got a man to third base with one out in the bottom of the seventh but was unable to score.
Hopkins went 2-for-3 with the run scored as the only player in the game with multiple hits.
The best-of-three series continues at 7 p.m. Monday at Meldrim, with the third game, if necessary, two days later at the same site and time.
SLOW PITCH playoffs continue this evening, with teams looking to sweep best-of-three semifinal series at Meldrim Field and Dexter Park’s Partigianoni Field.
In the A Division, Red Dragon takes on Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s in a 6 p.m. start at Dexter while Grand Rental faces Central City at 7:15 at Meldrim Field. Red Dragon and Grand Rental are both 1-0 series leaders.
B Division games are on tap at Dexter Park, as Friends B plays Hooley’s Green at 7:15 and Hooley’s White meets Outdoor Solutions/Hess at 8:30 p.m. Friends and Hooley’s White are in position to sweep into the finals.
Meldrim Field will have C Division games, as it’s CCRP vs. Woodman’s Pub at 6 p.m. and King Sub vs. Friends C at 8:30 p.m. King Sub and Woodman’s Pub won series openers on Tuesday.