Baseball teams scramble for early-season form

ESM helps cool down J-D, sweeps Fulton

When the snows returned for one more encore last Tuesday, it again halted play for the area’s baseball teams, but most of them got in some game action before it got cold, and then had a lot to do once things warmed up again.

No win was as impressive as what Christian Brothers Academy pulled off in last Monday’s trip to Cortland, as it started fast, squandered a huge lead but managed to recover late to pull off a 10-9 victory over the defending Section III Class A champion Purple Tigers.

Determined to end things early, CBA erupted for seven runs in the top of the first inning. Yet by the end of the fourth inning, Cortland had closed the gap to 7-6, and after the Brothers got a run in the top of the fifth, the Purple Tigers scored twice and forged an 8-8 tie.

With bad weather imminent, CBA went back in front by notching a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Again, Cortland tried to come back, and pulled within a run, but Tom Benz, pitching in relief of Tim Pierret, managed to record the final outs and hang on.

Sam Little hit a home run for CBA and gained three RBIs. Benz doubled and drove in two runs, while Webb Little, Nick Capozzi and Conor Gollegly earned one RBI apiece. Cortland lost despite Victor McCutcheon’s three hits, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Jamesville-DeWitt was off to a 3-0 start before it hosted New Hartford last Monday afternoon and could not quite get its bats going in a 4-2 defeat to the Spartans.

A first-inning run didn’t hold up long, as New Hartford scored twice in the top of the second. They exchanged runs from there, J-D closing the gap to 3-2 in the sixth, but an insurance run in the top of the seventh helped the Spartans hang on.

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