January 27, 2022

Sherrill uses four-run inning to top Crush

SHERRILL — The host Sherrill Silversmiths used a four-run third inning to score a come-from-behind 5-3 win over the Cortland Crush Tuesday evening in New York Collegiate Baseball League action at Noyes Park.

Sherrill trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the third, but quickly equalized when Ryan Coulon hit his eighth home run of the season.

Dylan Pounds then singled and went to third when Mackay Williams reached on an error. Nate Rossi then walked to load the bases before Crush starter William Ginsberg hit Billy Keegan with a pitch to score Pounds with what proved to be the winning run.

Christian Aybar then singled Williams home before a fielder’s choice plated Rossi to make it 5-2.

The Crush rallied with two out in the ninth as David Murphy and Derek Martin both singled, bringing on Junior Bautista as the third Silversmiths pitcher of the night. Pinch-hitter Clayton Jeffries greeted him with a doubled that scored Murphy and sent Martin to third, but a groundout ended the game.

Ginsberg (1-2) took the loss, giving up six hits and five runs, three earned, with a strikeout over 3 1/3 innings. Sherrill starter Daniel DePaoli earned his first win in four decisions this season, allowing five hits and two earned runs in five innings of work with four strikeouts.

The visitors opened the scoring in the top of the first. Broderick Santilli hit a leadoff single and, one out later, Murphy and Martin both walked to load the bases before a walk to Greg Mula scored Santilli. DePaoli then got a strikeout and a flyout to end the inning.

The Silversmiths equalized in the bottom of the first as Michael Villa singled and went to second on an error, reached third on a single by Skylar Mercado and came home on a single by Coulon. The Crush went back ahead in the second as Ethan Moore led off with a double, was sacrificed to third by Paul Ludden and scored on a sacrifice fly by Santilli.

Murphy went 2-for-3 with a run scored for Cortland, which lost to Sherrill for just the second time in seven meetings this season. Wielding 2-for-4 bats for the Crush were Santilli (RBI, run), Moore (double, run) and Martin.

Coulon (homer, two RBIs, run) and Villa (RBI, run) both went 2-for-3 for the Silversmiths, who are now 12-22.

The Crush (23-11) saw their lead atop the league’s Eastern Division reduced to three games over the idle Syracuse Junior Chiefs (21-15). The third-place Syracuse Salt Cats are five and a half games back at 18-17 after a 5-1 win over the Rome Generals, who are now 14-21.

In Western Division games Tuesday, the champion Olean Oilers improved to 34-5 with a 9-5 win over the Rochester Ridgemen and the Hornell Dodgers outslugged the Genesee Rapids 11-10.

Cortland was slated to visit Rome today for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Seven Crush players — outfielders Martin and Santilli, infielders Murphy and Haaland (also a designated hitter) and pitchers Steve Witkowski, Dylan Leahy and Jake Kinney — will be part of the Eastern Division squad for Thursday’s NYCBL All-Star Game starting at 7 p.m. at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.

After visiting the Junior Chiefs Friday in a 7 p.m. start at OCC, the Crush returns home to Greg’s Field for 3 p.m. games against Rome on Saturday and Sunday and a 6 p.m. Monday contest against the Salt Cats.