ROME – After a pitching duel between Cortland starter Tom Cockill and Rome’s Nick Porretto for five innings, the Crush got downright offensive Tuesday night.
Cockill threw five innings of shutout ball with just three hits while Porretto also scattered three hits and allowed one run in the top of the fifth for a 1-0 Crush lead.
The Cortland bats came to life in the top of the sixth inning as 15 batters came to the plate with nine of them scoring as the Crush jumped to a 10-0 cushion before settling for a 10-4 New York Collegiate Baseball League Eastern Division win over the Generals on DeLutis Field. Cortland (6-1 overall) runs its winning streak to six games. Rome falls to 2-4.
The two teams were slated to meet today on Greg’s Field at Beaudry Park beginning at 6 p.m.
The big inning began with a David Murphy double before Derek Martin was hit by a pitch. George Haaland stroked a single to scored Murphy while Martin went to third base. Haaland stole second base as Murphy dashed home for a 3-0 Cortland lead. Luke Gilbert singled to as Haaland moved to third to put runners at the corners. With one out, Haaland scored from third on a wild pitch. A fielding error allowed Evan Moore to reached first base with Gilbert hustling to second base. That would be the end of the day for Porretto as David Erosa came in to pitch for Rome. With Greg Mula at the plate, Moore got to second base and Gilbert scored the fifth Cortland run. Josh Lopez would enter the game as a pinch runner for Moore at this point. Mula would draw a walk to keep runners at first and second. Paul Ludden singled home Lopez as Mula held up at second base.
After Rome got a second out, Murphy (2-for-4) came up for the second time in the inning and hit a single that plated Mula while Ludden moved to second. Both runners moved up one base on a passed ball. Martin (2-for-4) belted a three-run homer and the Crush advantage went to 10-0. Haaland (2-for-4) singled and Gilbert walked before the third out was made, but the damage had been done.
Cockill pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the sixth inning to end his night and earned him his first win of the season.
Tommy Seaver came on to relief Cockill in the seventh inning, but he was roughed up a bit as Rome scored three runs before William Ginsberg came on with two outs and got a strikeout to end the Generals threat.
Marcus Begg got on via an error to start the bottom of the eight inning for Rome, but Ginsberg got the next three batters out.
Nate Verst tossed the final inning for the Crush. After a lead-off walk to Joseph Davide (2-for-2), a single to Connor Wasilank and walk to Ryan Quinn, Verst got a infield pop-up and strikeout. A wild pitch allowed Davide to score as Begg (2-for-3) worked a walk. With bases loaded again, Verst struck out Peter Pena to end the game.