August 29, 2008
Grand Rental still the champ
Friends, Woodman’s take titles
Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Grand Rental second baseman Shawn Murphy throws out Dark Horse base runner Jamie Buck (23) during Thursday’s A Division slow pitch playoff game at Meldrim Field. Grand Rental won the series.
Anthony Pitts hit a crucial three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning, but it was a big two-run bomb by Jamie Buck that sealed this Cortland Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League A Division playoff victory for Grand Rental Station.
Buck was 3-for-4 as Grand Rental defeated Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s 16-14 Thursday evening in the decisive third game of the championship series after the Horsemen won game two in the best-of-three series at Meldrim Field.
It was the third straight playoff title for regular season champion and top seed Grand Rental.
In the B Division, Friends won a pair of one-run contests to capture the playoff title and upset regular season champion, Hooley’s White. Friends won the second game 6-5 in eight innings before claiming the championship with a 13-12 win in game three at Dexter Park’s Partigianoni Field.
In the C Division, Woodman’s Pub claimed the title with a 14-10 victory over top seed King Sub at the Starr Road diamond.
Grand Rental Station 16, Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s 14: Grand Rental broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the bottom of the third inning, but Dark Horse plated two runs in the top of the fourth.
Pitts (2-for-3) belted his three-run homer during a six-run spurt in the bottom of the inning as Grand Rental built an 11-3 cushion.
Dark Horse won the fifth inning 4-3 and added six more runs in the top of the sixth to close the margin to 14-13 before Buck’s two-run shot in the bottom of the sixth sealed the victory.
Seth Montgomery added a 2-for-3 effort with a double while Dan Harris hit a double and triple for Grand Rental.
Drew Pierce (triple) and Jason Bennison each went 2-for-3 for Dark Horse/Hairy Tony’s.
Friends 6, Hooley’s White 5, 8 innings: Steve Young delivered a walk-off homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift friends to the victory and force a third game in the championship series. Young hit a double in the game as well.
Hooley’s White scored three runs in the top of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead and added a run in the fifth before Friends scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to grab a 5-4 advantage.
Friends pitcher Dave Seamans walked in the tying run in the top of the seventh, but that was the only run plated by Hooley’s in the inning.
Dave Gascho was 3-for-3 for Friends while Scott Ochs went 3-for-3 for Hooley’s. Chad Poli (triple) and Stacy Bishoff added 3-for-4 efforts for Hooley’s.
Friends 13, Hooley’s White 12: Bob Craig was 4-for-4 with a first-inning triple as Friends scored four runs in the top of the first inning. After five more runs in the third, Friends was on top 9-3 and appeared to be coasting. The lead grew to 13-4 in the top of the fifth before Hooley’s tried to mount a rally.
With three runs in the bottom of the fifth and five more runs in the sixth, the regular season champs closed to within 13-12, but got no closer.
Chris Beebe was 3-for-4 with a double and home run for Friends while Steve Young was also 3-for-4 with a home run. Tim Robison chipped in with his own 3-for-4 bat.
Jeremy Hutchings was 3-for-3 for Hooley’s while Chad Poli was 3-for-4 with a double.
J.D. Burns hit a double and home run for Hooley’s with Bronson McCall and Daron Foster also belting four-baggers.
Woodman’s Pub 14, King Sub 10: Woodman’s scored four runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth to open a 14-7 advantage and lock up a playoff title.
Jon DeLee led the Pub attack by going 4-for-4. Ken Peck added a 3-for-4 effort with a triple while Rick Parker was 2-for-2 with a triple. Randy Phillips recorded a 2-for-4 night with a home run.
Adam O’Brien led King Sub as he went 3-for-3 with a triple while Tony Bates was 2-for-3 with a home run for the regular season champions.
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