CORTLAND — The gray skies and intermittent showers were exactly the omen they appeared to be for the Cortland Purple Tigers.
The Jamesville-DeWitt Red Rams exploded for 11 runs in the second inning as part of a mercy rule-shortened 20-0 drubbing of the Purple Tigers in five innings Monday at Randall Middle School in the season opener for both teams.
The Red Rams, the reigning NYSPHSAA Section III Class A champions, scored in every inning but the third, and the top two hitters in their order were a big reason why.
Leadoff hitter Katherine Dorazio went 5-for-5 with a grand slam, two doubles, four runs and a stolen base, and no. 2 hitter Miriam Zoghby went 5-for-5 with four runs, two steals and an RBI.
The Red Rams’ offensive prowess stretched further down the lineup.
Each of the top five hitters in the Red Rams starting lineup got on base at least four times.
Kathryn White went 3-for-4 with four RBI and three runs, Emily Bulone went 2-for-3 with two walks, three steals, four runs and four RBI and Madilyn Ancone went 3-for-4 with two steals, two runs and RBI. Emma White also chipped in three RBI from the no. 6 slot.
After a three-spot in the first, sending all nine batters to the plate in the process, the Red Rams put the game firmly out of reach as the first five batters of the inning reached, interrupted by a sacrifice fly by White.
After a pair of walks and a strikeout to reload the bases with two outs, Dorazio stepped to the plate and laced the first pitch she saw deep into the outfield for a no-doubt grand slam.
The Red Rams still had three more runs left in the second, then were retired in order in the third before they padded the lead with three more runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Red Rams pitcher Kaira McMahon, a freshman, allowed just one hit, a Lauren Mott single with one out in the fourth, over five innings with 12 strikeouts.
Brenna Hogan took the loss for the Purple Tigers, but she found the feel for her changeup as the game progressed, collecting seven strikeouts in five innings on some off-balance swings.
The Purple Tigers (0-1) are back in action at 5 p.m. Wednesday when they visit Fulton.
Lansing 8, Dryden 7
Dryden led 2-1 going into the fifth inning, which proved to be a busy inning on both sides with Lansing scoring seven runs in the top half and Dryden responding with 5 runs scored in the bottom of the inning.
Morgan Best and Kahlen Cornell split the game on the mound for a combined 13 strikeouts for the Lions (0-1).
Moravia 7, Marathon 4
Ian Gacek went 3-for-4 with a double, stolen base and two runs at the top of the Olympians order, and pitched 3 1/3 innings with no hits and eight strikeouts, but the rest of the Olympians could muster only three hits combined as Moravia picked up the win.
“I thought we played well for our first outing of the year,” Olympians coach Brian Hoyt said. “Ian pitched very well and was in total command through the first three innings. In the fourth inning it started sprinkling a little bit and he lost his footing a bit and it kind of threw him off and he lost the command he had pitched with for the first three innings. I thought we played solid defense and did alright at the plate for our first time out, but we want to cut down on our strikeouts going forward. Give credit to Moravia, they were patient at the plate, drew some walks and had some timely hitting. Luke Landis did a great job of throwing strikes for them.”
Marathon 212, Groton 232
Braeden Morrison was the only golfer under 50, but he had help from Sam Castellot’s 53 and Kaiden Cornell’s 54 as the Olympians improved 2-0 with the win over the Indians at Stonehdges.
The Indians were led by Drake O’Connor with 50 and Zach Tagliavento with 57.
DeRuyter 253, Stockbridge 291
Lane Adams posted a 43 and Brandon Darrow posted a 47 as part of the Rockets’ first win of the year at Barker Brook.
Dylan Skeele also chipped in a 50 for the Rockets.
TRACK AND FIELD
Dryden sweeps Marathon and Moravia
Marathon, Dryden and Moravia met for a dual meet at Dryden High Monday. The Lions were the dominant force, as the boys beat Marathon, 63-26 and Moravia, 61-29, while the girls beat Marathon, 91-18 and Moravia, 88-18.
The Moravia boys and girls beat Marathon by scores of 5429 and 43-40, respectively.
Dryden’s top performers included Teghan Garris with a shot put of 32’ 1/2” and discus of 77’ 1”, Michael Cavanaugh with a shot put of 47’ 1 1/2” and discus of 82’ 10”, Steven Morrow with a 200-meter dash of 24.22 and 400-meter dash of 53.69 and Emma Butler with a 100-meter dash of 14.67.
Marathon’s top performers were Anna Hoyt with a 1:11.55 in the 400-meter dash and a long jump of 11’ 4 1/2”, Gabriel Teeter with a 58.61 in the 400-meter dash and Gavin Labouf with a long jump of 16’ 2 1/2”.