August 22, 2006


Tavern squeaks past KS... again


Bob Ellis/staff photographer
Yale Hughes of The Tavern came in relief to finish off 4-3 playoff win over King Sub.

A familiar scenario played itself out at Meldrim Field Monday evening.
The Tavern scored twice in the bottom of the fifth for a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over King Sub in the first game of the best-of-three Cortland Fast Pitch League championship softball series.
It was the fourth time in five games between the sister teams this season that the winning margin was one run. The Tavern, the regular-season champion, has won all five of those contests. King Sub was the regular-season runner-up.
The Tavern took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Eric Young smacked a bloop double to left, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a fielder’s choice grounder to first by Tom Avery, who reached safely on the play. Avery then stole second, went to third on a deep fly to left by Mike Smith and scored when the throw in to the shortstop was off-target.
King Sub scored once in the fourth as Brian Taylor walked, went to third on a single by Dennis Hopkins and scored on a single by Paul Sweger. The Tavern turned a double play, shortstop Tony Sudnikovich snagging a grounder, touching second and throwing to first, with men on first and second and one out, to escape further damage in the inning.
The Submen then scored twice in the top of he fifth to take the lead. A single (and subsequent steal of second) by Joe Canzano, a walk to Ryan Stevens and a bunt single by Roger Karn loaded the bases before Taylor lashed a two-run single to left.
The Tavern pushed across the final two runs of the game in the fifth. Jose Ferrer led off with a walk but was gunned down at second by King Sub hurler Jeff Carr on Jeff Kaltenbach’s attempted sacrifice. Yale Hughes then walked, and after Avery beat the throw on an infield single the throw back to third in an attempt to pick off Kaltenbach was wide, which allowed Kaltenbach and Hughes to score.
Hughes came on in relief of starter Mike Holl with King Sub runners on second and third with one out in the fifth and got a strikeout and groundout. He then pitched the final two scoreless innings for the win, improving to 9-0, as the pair ended up allowing a total of six hits. Carr (10-3) fired a complete-game four-hitter with one earned run, but took the loss.
Taylor went 2-for-3 with a run and two RBIs for King Sub.
The second game of the series will start at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday back at Meldrim.
SLOW PITCH playoffs resume tonight at Dexter Park, including the opening game of the National Division best-of-three finals pitting Farrell’s against Bad Beagle A at 8:30 p.m.
In the 7:15 p.m. opening contest, Palm Gardens and Klever Lawn-n-Landscaping play their decisive American Division semifinal series contest, with the winner advancing to meet NAPA in the finals on Thursday.
THE CORTLAND BULLDOGS concluded the regular season with a Senior League softball victory over Ithaca on Monday.



WXHC to broadcast Red Dragon games

The SUNY Cortland athletic department has announced that WXHC Oldies 101.5 FM will be the official radio broadcast partner for Red Dragon athletics.
The station, located in Homer, will broadcast all of Cortland’s football games during the 2006 season, in addition to selected contests in other sports. All of WXHC’s broadcasts are available over the Internet on WXHC will also air a brief report on Red Dragon athletics weekday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
“We’re very impressed with WXHC’s commitment to local broadcasting,” said Joan Sitterly, Cortland’s director of athletics. “We’re excited about our new partnership and the benefits it will bring to our entire athletic department. This will be a great team effort to promote Cortland Athletics.”
“We are very excited about broadcasting SUNY Cortland sporting events,” commented WXHC general manager John Eves. “The fact that we stream our audio over the Internet will allow all SUNY fans anywhere to hear the games. WXHC looks forward to a long relationship with the Red Dragons.”
Bobby Comstock will serve as the play-by-play announcer on the live broadcasts and will produce the weekday morning reports. A 25-year broadcasting veteran, Comstock has served as a part-time radio announcer for the Syracuse SkyChiefs minor league baseball team the past two seasons and for Le Moyne College men’s basketball in 2005-06.
Comstock has been with WXHC since 2003.
Cortland opens its football schedule at SUNY Morrisville on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. The Red Dragons will play 10 games during the regular season, capped by the annual ‘Cortaca Jug’ battle with rival Ithaca College on Nov. 11 at noon in Cortland.