November 30, 2021

Cortland loses Blake, game, season

High School Roundup

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CORTLANDVILLE — The No. 4 CBA Brothers rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh to upset the No. 1 Cortland Purple Tigers, 6-2, in Thursday’s Section III Class A baseball semifinal at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex.

However, being eliminated from the sectional tournament after a fantastic regular season was of secondary concern for the Purple Tigers once the game was over.

With two outs in the second inning, starting pitcher Tyler Blake, who had just allowed his fourth walk, threw the 52nd pitch of his outing, which would turn out to be his last. He rushed off the mound and into the dugout clutching his left elbow and eventually left to get X-rays.

That forced a massive shuffling of the Purple Tigers’ alignment. Caden Congdon, who had pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief Tuesday, took over on the mound for what would have to be a much longer assignment.

Congdon got out of the jam unscathed, and his offense rewarded him with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, as Andrew Partigianoni (3-for-3) laced a double to score Kooper Knabe.

CBA took a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on an RBI double by Luke Boule and a sacrifice fly, but the Purple Tigers responded with runs on a groundout by Ethan Johnson and an infield single by Partigianoni.

From there, CBA’s Casey Vaughn took over and retired eight of the 10 batters he faced, allowing no runs and one hit while striking out six, to set the stage for CBA’s comeback.

CBA loaded the bases with nobody out against Congdon, and from that point, Purple Tigers coach Ben Albright told his players all they could do was minimize the damage.

Unfortunately for the Purple Tigers, that proved to be easier said than done, as Congdon was able to strike out Boule, but Mike Schaffer plated two runs on a single up the middle on an 0-2 count to give CBA the eventual victory.

Blake’s injury had a domino effect that wasn’t felt until the final stages of the game, and Albright admitted that it hurt his squad.

“That was a tough loss early in the game,” Purple Tigers coach Ben Albright said. “To have that card dealt to us, where we’ve got an ace off the mound without any heads up and to figure that out on the fly, I thought we did a great job. CC came out of the bullpen and pitched his heart out and got us to the seventh with the lead.”

Albright was proud of his players for their resiliency not only in this game, but all season long.

“The resiliency of this group has been phenomenal. They seem to want to fight until the very last out, and it’s been great all season long. It was nice to see them get after them a little bit and get some runs and take the lead, unfortunately (CBA) got right back to us in the seventh, so hats off to them.”

While the Purple Tigers will return plenty of star talent next year, including Blake, Congdon, Knabe and Partigianoni, this game marked the end of the careers for seniors Adam Minnard, Jason Carr and Matt Eckstrom.

“I’m proud of them,” Albright said. “Matt joined us this year for the first time, so I hope he enjoyed it. Adam and Jason have been with me for a long, long time… It’s been a fun ride with them, and I’m looking forward to seeing them in the future and seeing them being successful, because they’re great kids.”

Homer 4, South Jefferson 3
The No. 4 Trojans led 4-0 after two innings and held on for the win to advance to the Section III Class B1 championship game Saturday at noon against No. 2 Camden.

Joey Case went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Jed Brazo went 1-for-3 with an RBI, run and two steals. Richard Lambert went 2-for-3 with a walk and a steal.

Brazo pitched a complete game, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out six.

DeRuyter 13, New York Mills 10
The No. 9 Rockets continued their incredible run in the Section III Class D tournament by getting out to a 9-2 third-inning lead and never looking back.

Each of the Rockets’ third-through-ninth batters had multiple hits, including Ryder Forrest (3-for-5, triple, three runs, two RBI), Gavin Richardson (4-for-5, three doubles, three RBI, two runs, four steals) and Leland Semans (2-for-5, double, two RBI).

The Rockets will play for the sectional title Saturday at noon against either No. 2 Copenhagen or No. 3 Poland.

BOYS LACROSSE

CBA 11, Homer 6
Jake Calabro and Ben Morenus each had two goals and an assist, but it was not enough to overcome hat tricks from Andrew Kohlbrenner and Declan Landers as the No. 2 Brothers eliminated the No. 3 Trojans in the Section III Class C semifinal.

Jared Matthews added a goal and two assists, and Hunter Riehlman had the other Trojans goal.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Jamesville-DeWitt 9, Homer 7
Camryn Calabro had a hat trick and two assists and Kloey Roos netted two goals, but J-D goalie Skyler Constantino was a wall in the cage, stopping 12 of 19 shots to give the No. 3 Red Rams the upset win over the No. 2 Trojans in the Section III Class C semifinal.

J-D’s leading scorers were Kailey McKenna (three goals, two assists), Everly Kessler (two goals, three assists) and Sydney Balotin (two goals, one assist). Hannah Slade and Katlyn Sovocool had the other goals for Homer.