By JAKE HITT
The Cortland Crush nabbed another New York Collegiate baseball League win Monday evening before Mother Nature had plans of her own.
Cortland (21-15) pushed its win streak to eight straight after taking the first game of a scheduled doubleheader against the Rome Generals, 8-1.
The two teams were in the middle of the second game when the heavens opened up with an intense storm. The contest was suspended in the top of the fourth inning with Rome leading 6-5 and will be finished on Friday at Beaudry Park starting at 5 p.m., prior to the teams’ final regular-season meeting.
As for the first game, Cortland (21-15) used a five-run first inning to take the lead and never looked back. A three-run third inning ballooned the lead to 8-0, with the Crush finally winning the seven-inning contest.
As the designated away team, the Crush were already up 2-0 in the top of the first when Alex Flock came to the plate. Flock took a hanging breaking ball and drove it high over the right field wall for a no-doubt home run that helped add three runs to the lead. Flock would finish the first game 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBIs and a run scored.
Other notable game 1 performances at the plate included Dylan Ketch’s 2-for-5 with a run scored and Hayden Houts’s 3-for-3 day with one RBI and two runs scored.
Jordan Christian took the mound for Cortland, looking to rebound from a performance against Genesee where he allowed five earned runs over five innings of work. The right-hander would remain undefeated (4-0) after throwing five innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits while striking out five and walking only two batters.
Logan Persse would finish the game with two shutout innings. Christian’s season ERA drops down to 4.25, with his next start likely coming in a potential playoff series for Cortland.
The Crush have an off day today before visiting the Sherrill Silversmiths at 5 p.m. Wednesday and heading north on Thursday to face the Eastern Division-leading Onondaga Flames Thursday at 7 p.m.