October 28, 2021

Slowpitch softball: Bell rings up ‘A’ crown

K & B Electric shortstop Anthony Pitts makes a throw to first for an out in the first inning against Bell Construction.

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

K & B Electric shortstop Anthony Pitts makes a throw to first for an out in the first inning against Bell Construction.

Bell Construction added the Cortland Men’s Slowpitch League A Division playoff championship to its regular-season softball title Tuesday night with a 14-12 win over K&B Electric.

The Meldrim Field winners — who swept the best-of-three final series and won all four of their postseason contests — moved to a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third. K&B pulled to within 5-4 before an eight-run fifth gave Bell Construction a little breathing room. K&B answered with seven runs in the bottom of the frame but could get no closer, as each team scored once in the sixth and both were scoreless in the seventh.

Ryan Stevens went 4-for-4 with a home run and a run scored for Bell Construction, which totaled 25 hits on the night. Seth Montgomery went 4-for-5 with two runs while Mike Zaccardo (two doubles, run) and Casey Crandall (two runs) both went 3-for-5 and Morgan DuBois was 2-for-4 with a double, homer and two runs.

Jeremy Devereese went 3-for-4 with two runs for K&B while Jayme Evans and Codi Clayton both went 2-for-3 with a double and a run apiece and Anthony Pitts was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run.

Sideline Grill takes women’s playoff title

In a late report from Saturday, regular-season champion Sideline Grill beat Maguire/Central City 13-6 to win the Cortland Women’s Slowpitch League A Division softball playoff title.

In postseason play that was interrupted by rain the previous weekend, Sideline Grill beat Red Jug Pub 13-1 and Maguire/Central City 6-2 before the latter team worked its way through the bracket to the finals. Sideline Grill claimed the first game of the finals 6-3.

Lindy West went 3-for-3 to pace the winners’ 24-hit attack in Saturday’s deciding contest while Lauren Dahm went 3-for-4 with a triple. Four Sideline Grill players — Corrine Russell, Kellie Wood, Jess Hull and Danette Endress — wielded 2-for-3 bats.

Stephanie Hartquist (double), Kat Owens and Christella Yonta all went 2-for-4 for Maguire/Central City.

Rex’s had captured the B Division playoff crown the previous weekend.