First place Crush salvage weekend split
It was a mixed weekend for the Cortland Crush in a pair of New York Collegiate Baseball League outings.
After the Crush dropped a 10-1 decision at Olean Saturday in a match-up of division leaders, the team snapped their first two-game losing streak of the season behind a 3-for-4 day at the plate by George Haaland that produced a 6-4 Sunday victory over visiting Sherrill at Greg’s Field.
Cortland is 16-6 and enjoys a two-game lead in the Eastern Division over the second place Syracuse Junior Chiefs who were idle Sunday. Sherrill falls to 6-13 in last place in the Eastern Division.
Olean ran its winning streak to 24 games to continue dominating the Western Division standings with Saturday’s win, only to see the streak end Sunday with a 12-3 loss to the Rome Generals. The Oilers are now 25-2.
Olean 10, Cortland 1: Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Brody Santilli had a lead-off triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by David Murphy. The Crush enjoyed that lead until Olean scored twice in the bottom of the third inning as the Oilers started to face Crush starter Shae Edmonds (1-1) the second time.
Olean began pulling away in the fourth inning with five more runs. In all, Olean pounded out 17 hits including five doubles, one triple and one home run to help Aaron Phillips notch his fifth win of the season and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, home run and four RBIs. David Yanni was 4-for-5 with a double and one RBI.
Murphy went 2-for-3 as the Crush managed just five hits in the loss.