Crush grabs playoff top seed after twin bill split
The Cortland Crush are New York Collegiate Baseball League Eastern Division champions.
Four Crush pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout as Cortland took game one of a Friday’s doubleheader 5-0 over the visiting Syracuse Salts Cats, which locked up a share of the division title and guaranteed the Crush the number one seed in the Eastern Division playoffs that start next week.
The Salt Cats came back in game two, as Joe Anselmi drove in five runs during a 7-4 victory to earn a split.
Cortland (29-16) became outright division champions after leaving Greg’s Field as Sherrill handed the second-place Syracuse Junior Chiefs (26-18) a 6-5 defeat at Onondaga Community College.
The Junior Chiefs and third-place Salt Cats (22-22) will play each other twice over the weekend before squaring off in a one-game playoff to determine the Crush’s opponent in the Eastern Division Championship Series which begins Wednesday at Greg’s Field. The championship series will be a best two-of-three series. Game two will be Thursday at Onondaga Community College with a game three, if needed, Friday night at Greg’s Field..
“We are happy to be the number one seed and want to win it all tomorrow,” Crush manager Bill McConnell said prior to the Junior Chiefs loss. “We have a lot of legacy things going on including the most ever wins now at 29 games. We got the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament in just our third year so we have been very fortunate. We are happy, but we still have some work to do. It will be nice to have a little time off to rest and rejuvenate before Wednesday’s game.”