It was a sunny, windy Thursday evening as the Cortland Crush hosted the Capital City Reds from Ottawa, Canada in an exhibition baseball game.
The visitors from north of the border took advantage of their seven hits and pulled out a 4-2 victory to improve to 2-3-1 in their independent season of travel throughout the United States and Canada. The loss nor statistics counted for the Crush as they remain 7-1 in New York Collegiate Baseball League play.
A two-run homer by Eric Ramirez to the top of the sixth inning gave the Reds a 3-1 lead and was the key to the win.
Cortland took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when George Haaland doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Luke Gilbert.
Capital city tied the game in the fifth with a a pair of two-outs singles that sandwiched a walk. Ramirez hit his homer with two outs in the sixth. The Reds added an insurance run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly.
Bailey Gauthier and Jonathan DuForest each went 2-for-4 for Capital City.
Andrew Taft was 2-for-3 with a double for Cortland. Ethan Moore added a 2-for-4 effort as the Crush pounded out 10 hits, but left 14 runners on base.
Each team turned a double play in the first and second innings with the Reds turning a third double play in the sixth inning.
Cortland will enjoy a day off today before returning to NYCBL action Saturday by hosting Western Division foe Wellsville at 3 p.m. on Greg’s Field. The Crush will travel to Rome Sunday for a 5:30 p.m. NYCBL doubleheader.