December 5, 2021

Salt Cats conquer Crush

Joshua Rodriguez of the Syracuse Salt Cats slides safely into second on a past ball, as Cortland Crush shortstop Dave Murphy takes the late throw Tuesday at Greg’s Field.

Bob Ellis/staff photographer

Joshua Rodriguez of the Syracuse Salt Cats slides safely into second on a past ball, as Cortland Crush shortstop Dave Murphy takes the late throw Tuesday at Greg’s Field.

It was a tough night for Cortland as the Crush returned to Greg’s Field on Tuesday.
Starting pitcher Joseph Cominsky kept Cortland hitters off balance for most of the evening at Greg’s Field and got got good help from the Syracuse Salt Cats’ 16-hit offense.

Cominsky struck out 10 batters and survived just one tough inning as Syracuse rolled to a 15-5 New York Collegiate Baseball League Eastern Division victory. The Salt Cats improve to 8-6 on the season, while the first-place Crush slip to 14-4.
Syracuse jumped on the Crush for seven runs in the first three innings off starter Tom Cockill who suffered his first loss of the season.

Chris McGee led off the game with a single, stole second and moved to third on a single by Christian Rishel. As Rishel stole second base, a throwing error allowed him to move to third base and McGee scored. Rishel crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Shannon Baker. With two runners on base, Christian Sanchez drove in both with a second-inning double.

Baker hit a solo home run to start the third inning. Joshua Rodriguez had a two-out single and he scored after three wild pitches. Justin Clark reached first on a third strike-wild pitch as Rodriguez scored. James Thomas singled to right field and the ball was misplayed allowing Clark to score and Thomas went to third.
The Crush highlight came in the bottom of the third in the lone inning Cominsky struggled. After he retired the first seven Cortland batters, Cominsky gave up back-to-back singles to Patrick Messinger and Josh Lopez. Cominsky walked Brody Santilli to load the bases before getting the second out on a live drive to shortstop Thomas.

David Murphy did not waste the moment as he blasted a Cominsky pitch over the scoreboard in left field for a grand slam home run to pull the Crush to within 7-4. Between his 3-for-5, five RBI night in Sherrill Monday and last night’s 2-for-5 effort. Murphy his off to a hot start this week including nine RBIs. He now has a team record 26 RBIs on the season.

Cominsky bounced back with a 1-2-3 effort in the bottom of the fifth inning to wrap up his winning effort. J.P. Ramirez pitched the sixth inning, Jimmy McCarty worked the seventh and eighth with Matt Colon closing things out in the ninth for the Salt Cats. The trio held Cortland to five hits and one run over the final four innings.
that final crush run came in the eighth inning. Murphy hit a one-out single and scored on a two-out single by Luke Gilbert.

Nate Verst relived Cockill to start the fourth inning and had one of his best outings. Verst allowed just three hits, but a pair of walks to start the seventh inning proved costly as both runners scored. Anthony Galanoudis doubled home one run and Rodriguez added a run-scoring single.

William Ginsberg struggled in the eighth inning and Aaron Edelmon pitched the ninth for the Crush. Edelmon gave up an inside-the-park home run to Sanchez with one runner on base.

Sanchez hit a ball into left-centerfield. Santilli chased after the flyball and made a diving effort to catch it. Santilli had the wind knocked out of him and he just missed a spectacular catch and laid stunned on the ground as the ball rolled to fence allowing Sanchez to circle the bases.Santilli remained in the game and even reached base on an error in the bottom of the ninth before the game ended.
Cortland will travel to Onondaga Community College tonight for a 7 p.m. game against the Syracuse Junior Chiefs.

— IN A COUPLE of changes from statistics reported by Sherrill during a 10-8 Cortland win from MOnday, Derek Martin went 2-for-4 and had the home run that was credited to Murphy along with Josh Lopez getting his first home run of the season. Murphy did make that up with his grand-slam in the Tuesday’s night contest.