October 21, 2021

Purple Tigers drop 6th straight

Joe McIntyre/staff photographer

Cortland’s Alex Morgan makes contact in the third inning of Friday’s 10-6 loss to visiting Central Square.

The visiting Central Square baseball team used a five-run fourth inning to rally from an early deficit and went on to beat Cortland High 10-6 Friday afternoon on Greg’s Field.

A two-run double to center by Alex Wurster, RBI singles to right by Kyle Young and Derek Schumacher and a run-scoring error put the Redhawks (2-11, 3-12) ahead for good. The visitors had opened the scoring in the first as Wurster singled with one out and later scored on a single to the left side of the infield by Joe Dischiave.

The Purple Tigers, who fell to 4-10 league and 6-11 overall with their sixth straight loss, went ahead with two runs in the bottom of the second. Zac Discenza, who started for the hosts and was the losing pitcher, led off with a single to short right and, after Caleb Thompson walked, scored on a double to right by Jason Carr. Jordan Shortsleeve later singled to center with two outs to score Carr. CHS also scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Nick Cody singled to right and Caleb Thompson singled to deep shortstop, then later scored on a passed ball and an RBI single to left by Jake VanGorder, respectively.

Cortland pulled to within a run, at 6-5, in the fifth as Jake Prunier led off with a single to center and later scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Nick Cody. Central Square made it an 8-5 game with two runs in the sixth as Wurster singled and Young walked, then scored on an error and groundout, respectively.

The Purple Tigers scored their final run in the sixth, Cameron Woodard reaching on an error to start the inning and later scoring on a balk. The Redhawks then scored twice in the seventh, Wurster with an RBI double to center before he came home on a triple to center by Young, for the final margin.

Wurster went 4-for-5 on the day with two doubles, three RBIs and four runs scored. Young went 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs and Derek Schumacher went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Starter Zach Havens was the winning pitcher.

Cody went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run for Cortland while Prunier was 2-for-4 with a run and Carr had a double, an RBI and a run. The Senior Day event was the last schduled home game for Purple Tiger seniors VanGorder, Woodard and Alex Morgan.

The Purple Tigers were slated to close out the regular season today in a 3 p.m. non-league game at Homer, on the high school field.