April 18, 2013


Purple Tigers blank hosts

FULTON — It was “Justin” time for the Cortland High baseball team Wednesday afternoon at Fulton.
Seniors Justin Sidebottom, the starter and winner, and Justin Travis combined to shackle host Fulton’s bats as the Purple Tigers improved to 2-0 in the OHSL Freedom American Division and 4-0 overall with a 7-0 victory.
Sidebottom relied heavily on his curveball and allowed four hits with eight strikeouts in five innings while Travis didn’t allow any hits and fanned one over the final two frames.
“Justin Sidebottom had another good outing,” CHS coach Ben Albright said. “He was off a little on his release in the first few innings, but was still doing well. He wasn’t pleased with himself, but realized he was doing fine, found his release and the fourth and fifth were much better.
“He also continues to get on base, with a single and two walks, and is having a solid senior year. Justin Travis continues to get the job done on the mound as well,” Albright added.
Cortland got the only runs it would need in the first inning as junior center fielder Victor McCutcheon led off with a walk, stole second and went to third on an infield hit by senior first baseman Brian Hughes. Junior shortstop Zach Whelan then singled to left-center to score both runners.
A three-run second padded the lead for the visitors, who used a run-scoring error, an RBI groundout and a run-scoring single by junior right fielder Caden Giroux to build a 5-0 lead. McCutcheon walked in the sixth, went to third on a single by Giroux and scored on a wild pitch. Giroux went to second on the play, advanced to third on a single by Hughes and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Whelan.
Whelan collected three RBIs on the day while Hughes went 2-for-3 with a run scored and Giroux was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. The Purple Tigers stole eight bases in the game and supported their pitchers by playing an errorless game in the field and turning two double plays.
“Zach’s bat woke up, Victor and Brian got on base three times each and Caden twice,’” Albright said. “We need to string together innings like those. When we do, we’ll score runs.”
Center fielder Michael Bolstar went 2-for-2 for the Red Raiders, now 0-2 in the Freedom National Division and 0-4 overall.
Cortland, ranked 11th in the state among class A teams in the first poll of the season, was to visit Jamesville-DeWitt today in a 4:30 p.m. start with first place in the Freedom American Division on the line.
The Red Rams, ranked second in the state in Class a, improved to 3-0 league and 6-0 overall Wednesday with a 16-2 romp over Mexico.
l Homer Central dropped a non-league contest to Solvay in extra-innings on Wednesday, the Trojans nipped 7-6.


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