SYRACUSE — The Cortland Crush solidified its hold on first place in the Eastern Division of the New York Collegiate Baseball League Monday night with a 4-2 win over the host Syracuse Salt Cats.
The Crush improved to 5-1 with its fifth straight win following a season-opening loss at Sherrill. The second-place Salt Cats lost for the first time in three games this season.
Cortland opened the scoring in the second as Anthony Searles led off with a walk, went to second on a single by Andrew Taft and scored when Broderick Santilli reached on an error.
George Haaland led off the top of the fifth with his second home run of the season. Two outs later Paul Ludden walked and David Murphy singled before Derek Martin doubled to score both of them and make it 4-0.
Christian Rishel’s two-out double plated both Salt Cat runs in the bottom of the ninth before reliever Shae Edmonds got a game-ending flyout to earn the save.
Ludden went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run for the winners while Joey Assenza went 2-for-5.
Cortland starter Dylan Leahy was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits in five scoreless innings with two strikeouts. A total of six different Crush pitchers allowed the Salt Cats a total of six hits, no one with more than one.
Cortland was to visit Rome today at 7:05 p.m. before hosting the Salt Cats Wednesday on Greg’s Field in a 6 p.m. start. The Capital City Reds from Ottawa, Ontario, come to town Thursday for an exhibition doubleheader starting at 3 p.m.