The Cortland Crush had a productive holiday weekend with two wins, though only one counted in the league standings.
Taking Saturday off after being rained out on Friday, the Crush scored a 4-1 win over the visiting Sherrill Silversmiths Sunday at Greg’s Field in New York Collegiate Baseball League play.
The NYCBL Eastern Division leaders then hit the road on Independence Day and came home with a 5-3 exhibition win over the Newark Pilots of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.
Greg Mula went 2-for-2 with run scored and Derek Martin went 2-for-4 with a double, and RBI and a run to lead the Crush offense in the win over last-place Sherrill.
Starter and winning pitcher Clayton Jeffries allowed two hits over five scoreless innings with five strikeouts while Dylan Leahy, Blake Demeter, Jake Kinney and Nate Verst each threw one inning of relief. The Silversmiths totaled five hits in the game.
Mula singled in the fifth and later scored the first run of the game on an RBI single by Brody Santilli. Derek Martin doubled home Paul Ludden in the sixth to make it 2-0, and the hosts scored their final two runs in the eighth on a wild pitch and an error.
Sherrill scored its only run in the ninth as Michael Palos hit a one-out solo home run off Verst.
No further information was available on Monday’s interleague win at Newark.
The Crush picked up ground atop the Eastern Division Monday as the second-place Syracuse Junior Chiefs lost to the visiting Rome Generals 3-0. The Junior Chiefs are now 17-13, four games behind the Crush (19-17). In other league games Monday, the Syracuse Salt Cats were 6-5 winners over the host Sherrill Silversmiths and the visiting Wellsville Nitros doubled up the Genesee Rapids 6-3.
The Crush were slated to open a four-game homestand today against the Junior Chiefs in a 6 p.m. game on Greg’s Field. Rome visits on Wednesday for a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. while the Salt Cats head south Thursday, the first pitch set for 6 p.m.