November 28, 2021

OHSL Baseball: Steve shackles Mexico, Spartans roll over Trojans

Cortland 6, Mexico 2

By innings: R H E
Mexico 0 0 0    0 0 2    0 2 4 1
Cortland 0 0 1    3 1 1    x 6 9 1
Mexico — Dakota Deasy (L), Josh O’Reilly (5), Brandon Dutcher (6) and Reed Fravor. Cortland — Duff Steve (W) and James Lane; 2BH — Dakota Deasy (M) 2, Zack Travis (C), Jake Prunier (C).

ES-M 10, Homer 2

By innings: R H E
ES-M 5 1 0    0 1 3    0 10 12 1
Homer 0 0 0    1 0 1    0 2 2 4
ES-M — Zach Grevelding (W), Richard Neuser (6) and Jeffrey Loder. Homer — Casey Hayes (L), Andrew Thompson (3), Riley McEvoy (6) and Ben Gravel; 2B — Ryan Seburn (ES-M). HR- Seburn (ES-M).

Duff Steve threw a complete-game four-hitter and Jake Prunier went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and run scored Monday afternoon as the Cortland High baseball team beat Mexico 6-2 on Greg’s Field.

Homer Central fell to visiting East Syracuse-Minoa 10-2 in another Freedom National contest on Monday.

Cortland 6, Mexico 2: Steve chalked up 13 strikeouts, striking out the side in the seventh to end the game, and gave up two earned runs. In addition to Prunier, Zack Travis doubled home two runs and scored once and Seth Crosby singled and scored twice. Dakota Deasy, who was the losing pitcher, went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run for Mexico.

Crosby scored the game’s first run in the third inning, leading off with a bunt single and eventual scoring on a groundout by James Lane. The Purple Tigers, now 4-2 in the OHSL Freedom National Division and overall, added three runs in the fourth. Alex Morgan started things off with a two-out walk, Jake VanGorder coming on as a pinch-runner and moving to second on a passed ball. Travis’s double to left scored VanGorder, and Travis went to third as Crosby reached on a dropped third strike. Prunier then brought both runners home with a double to left.

Steve led off the fifth with a walk, went to second one out later on a single to left by Noah Barber and later scored when Travis drew a bases-loaded walk.

Mexico (1-4 Freedom national, 2-5 overall) scored both of its runs in the top of the sixth. Reed Fravor singled to short and came home on a double by Deasy, who later scored on a double steal.

Prunier led off the CHS sixth with a single, went to second as lane reached base on an error and later came home on a fielder’s choice.

Steve then fanned the first two Mexico batters in the seventh on three pitches each and got the game-ending strikeout on a 2-2 pitch.

“Duff had a dominant performance,” Cortland coach Ben Albright said. “He threw the ball well and got ahead of hitters constantly. Today we played with mixed emotions. It was our first day back to school after the tragic loss of our friend and classmate Samantha Brafman, we also hadn’t played a game in over a week and had been waiting eagerly for a crack at Mexico after the upset win they had against us in sectionals last season. Our boys wore pink socks in memory of Samantha and we chose to play this game for her family. I’m proud of our boys and the effort they put forth. Everyone was behind each other and it was a team win for sure.”

Monday’s game was moved from Mexico to Cortland due to an unplayable field, and today’s scheduled rematch in Mexico had already been postponed as of Monday night for the same reason. The teams may play at a neutral site on wednesday or Thursday. Cortland then visits Oneida Friday at 4:30 p.m. in a non-leaguer.

The Cortland JVs lost to Mexico 22-8 despite a 13-hit attack that was led by Johnny Sanford, Josh Henry and Zac Discenza wih two hits each.

ES-M 10, Homer 2: ES-M (4-1 Freedom National, 5-1 overall) jumped out to 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning Monday at Preble Park. Three of those runs courtesy of a home run by Ray Seburn (3-for-4).

Zach Grevelding held Homer (2-3, 3-3) hitless until a two-out single by Riley McEvoy in the bottom of the fourth inning. Grevelding pitched five and two-thirds innings as he surrendered two runs (one earned), two hits, five strikeouts and four walks. Richard Neuser finished the game allowing no runs, no hits, striking out four and walking one.

Homer got on the scoreboard as McEvoy’s single scroed Jackson Brazo in the fourth with the Trojans trailing 6-0 at the time.

With Homer trailing 10-1, the Trojans got their final run on a fielder’s choice by McEvoy that allowed Brazo to score from third.

Casey Hayes struggled on the mound and lasted just two innings, but Homer got good relief work on the mound from Andrew Thompson and McEvoy. Four Trojans errors did not help the afternoon. Hayes had the Trojans other hit.

Samuel Jenkins added a 4-for-4 bat to the ES-M offense and James DePaul was 2-for-5).
Homer will travel to East Syracuse-Minoa today for a 4:30 p.m. game.

Homer JVs lost their third straight game as they dropped a close 7-5 game at ES-M. Homer was only able to muster three hits. Jacob McGory was the tough luck loser as he allowed just one earned run through three innings with three strikeouts and two walks. Nick Gravel pitched the remaining three innings allowing one earned run with four strikeouts and no walks.