Winning pitcher Justin Hogan was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate and limited Central City to six hits Tuesday night as K&B Electric advanced to the Cortland Men’s Slowpitch Softball League A Division championship series with a 17-3 win over Central City.
All five hits by Hogan were singles to go with three RBIs during K&B Electric’s win in the third and deciding game in the best-of-three semifinal series. K&B scored five runs in the top of the second inning to build a 6-0 lead and never looked back.
David Pitts was 4-for-5 for K&B with two doubles, a triple and seven RBIs. Jeremy Devereese added a 4-for-5 effort to the winning attack, as did Anthony Pitts and Dave McGowan, the latter two with two RBIs each.
Dennis Hopkins was 2-for-2 and drove in two of the three Central City runs.
K&B Electric will face regular-season champion Bell Construction Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the first game of the best-of-three championship series.
QUADRA FLEX CHAMPION: Cortland Quadra Flex beat Simmons Rockwell from Horseheads 9-7 in Kirkwood Tuesday to add the Central New York Senior Softball League playoff championship to its regular-season title.
Quadra Flex trailed 7-5 before scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth and holding Simmons Rockwell scoreless the rest of the way. Mike Richmond, Ken Moses and Gary Contri led off the inning with consecutive singles before Paul Ibert cracked a two-run triple and the final run scored on a sacrifice fly. Ibert then snagged a line drive in the top of the seventh to start a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The winners led 5-2 before Simmons Rockwell, which beat Lane’s Karousel Kids from Binghamton 8-4 in the other semifinal, scored five runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. Contri, Mel Rathburn and Gary Hoover all went 3-for-3 to pace a 17-hit attack by Quadra Flex, which had advanced to the championship game with a 5-4 walkoff semifinal win over Oakdale Physical Therapy from Johnson City.
In that contest, Billy Dunn and Hoover hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the seventh before an overthrow at third base allowed the winning run to score. Quadra Flex turned three double plays in support of winning pitcher Richmond, the last one in the top of the seventh to keep the score knotted at 4-4. Ibert had two hits and paced the defense for the winners, who added the two playoff victories to their 17-1 regular-season record.
TITLE FOR DRYDEN MUTUAL: A five-run second inning keyed by a grand slam off the bat of Ryan Rivers enabled regular-season champion Dryden Mutual to take charge of the Dryden Co-ed Softball League’s championship game Tuesday night in what ended up a 14-7 win over Inlet Glass & Mirror.
The game was called after six innings due to thunder and lightning.
The winners led 3-2 heading into the bottom of the second on the strength of a three-run first-inning home run by Spencer Hoyt. Cayla Lane and Chris Earing had RBI singles for Inlet Glass & Mirror in the top of the second, but their team would get no closer. Tony Clarke had an RBI single for Dryden Mutual in the bottom of the second prior to Rivers’ grand slam.
Hoyt went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer in fourth and six RBIs to led Dryden Mutual offensively while Rivers went 2-for-4 with the grand slam and four RBIs, winning pitcher Mario Clarke was 3-for-3 with a double, Corrine Sauter went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Dana Smith was 3-for-4 with adouble.
Earing went 3-for-3 with an RBI for Inlet Glass & Mirror while Matt Phillips went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, George English was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Lane was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Dryden Mutual won the regular-season title with an 11-1 record and won both of its playoff games. Inlet Glass & Mirror finished third during the regular season (6-6) and split two postseason contests.