Flames Sweep Cortland 10-3 – Claim Eastern Division Title

Onondaga, NY July 27, 2018: The Onondaga Flames exploded for eight runs in the first inning yesterday and then rode the stellar pitching of Jeremy Taylor (Cal Poly Pomona) to sweep the Cortland Crush 10-3 and capture the NYCBL Eastern Division Championship at Onondaga CC Baseball Complex. The Flames travel to Olean, NY today to play the Western Division Champion Oilers at Bradner Stadium at 6:00 PM. They will return home to OCC tomorrow for the second game at 3:00 PM and, if necessary, third game at 7:00 PM to determine the league championship.

Playing as visitor at their home field when the game was transferred to OCC due to unplayable conditions at Cortland’s Beaudry Park, the Flames opened the game by sending 14 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on four hits as well as six base on balls, a wild pitch and four Cortland errors. Collin Mathews (Kent State University) and Jack Chernow (Columbia University) both slammed two-run doubles. 

After putting the Crush down with no hits in the first three innings, Taylor scattered seven hits over the next four, allowing solo runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings. The big 6’5″ right hander from Mission Vejo, California finished strong setting the Crush down in order in his seventh and last inning. Taylor faced 26 batters and needed only 88 pitches, 56 of them strikes, to gain his fourth win against two losses, bringing his ERA to 2.70 on the season.

The Big O added single runs on a fielder’s choice in the second and an RBI double by Bryan Hart (Bryant University) in the 8th to improve their lead to 10-3.

The reliable Flames’ bullpen produced shut out performances by Holden Martin (Muskingum University) in the eighth and All-Star Selection Jimmy Flahive (American International University) to close the game in the ninth.

The win improves the Flames record to 30-14 (.681 winning percentage). The Flames have won 11 of their last 12 and for the month of July their record is 17-4. Since reaching full strength (players at CWS, etc.) the Flames are 27-8.

Box Score

Game Date: 07/26/2018
Onondaga Flames  10 AT Cortland Crush  3
Onondaga 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 - 10 12 1 
Cortland 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 - 3 10 1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Onondaga           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Cortland           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Chernow, J CF       5  2  2  2  .333  Palmo, J LF         3  0  0  0  .167
Netzel, M DH        3  1  0  0  .000   Palma, N LF        1  0  0  0  .000
 Zurat, J PH        1  0  0  0  .200  Ketch, D RF         3  2  3  0  .333
DiFillipo, A 3B     3  1  1  1  .200  Laviosa, N CF       3  0  1  1  .333
Mathews, C RF       5  2  2  3  .444   Volpe, J CF        1  0  0  0  .000
Hart, B 2B          5  0  1  1  .222  Flock, A DH         4  0  2  1  .417
 Ruggerio, M 2B     0  0  0  0  .000  Kelley, Z 1B        2  0  0  0  .111
Steffan, M 1B       4  2  1  1  .143   Houts, H 1B        2  0  1  0  .250
 Paxton, C 1B       0  0  0  0  .000  McKeon, T 3B        2  0  0  0  .000
Gordon, A LF        5  1  2  0  .333   Babcock, A 3B      2  0  0  0  .000
Novenche, J C       4  0  2  0  .500  Hunter, G C         2  0  0  0  .200
OConnor, M SS       4  1  1  1  .375   Horsfall, B C      1  0  0  0  .000
                                       Valentino, J C     1  0  1  0  .333
                                      Tatum, J 2B         4  1  2  1  .364
                                      Cieszko, A SS       4  0  0  0  .100
                   39 10 12  9                           35  3 10  3

2B--Chernow, J CF (1), Mathews, C RF 2 (3), Hart, B 2B (1), Novenche, J C
(1), Flock, A DH (2). 3B--Ketch, D RF (1). HR--Tatum, J 2B (1).
RBI--Chernow, J CF  2 (3), DiFillipo, A 3B (1), Mathews, C RF  3 (4), Hart,
B 2B (1), Steffan, M 1B (1), OConnor, M SS (1), TOTALS  9 (0), Laviosa, N
CF (3), Flock, A DH (1), Tatum, J 2B (3), TOTALS  3 (0). HP--Steffan, M 1B
(2), Novenche, J C (1). CS--Laviosa, N CF (2). E--Chernow, J CF (2),
Cieszko, A SS (2). 
LOB--Onondaga 10, Cortland 6. 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Onondaga
Taylor, J (W,1-0)               7.0   7   3   2   0   3   1    2.57
Martin, H                       1.0   1   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
Flahive, J                      1.0   2   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                9    10   3   2   0   5   1
 Cortland
Wojichowski, B (L,0-1)          0.2   3   7   7   4   0   0   94.45
Wilk, C                         0.2   1   2   1   2   0   0   13.49
Mack, B                         0.2   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Viveiros, M                     5.1   7   1   1   0   1   0    1.42
Steve, D                        0.2   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Rajsigl, J                      1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                9    12  10   9   6   2   0
WP--Martin, H (1), Wojichowski, B (1), Wilk, C (1), Viveiros, M 2 (2).
PB--Novenche, J. HB--Wilk, C 2 (2). SO--Chernow, J, Steffan, M, Palmo, J,
Palma, N, Laviosa, N, Volpe, J, Kelley, Z. BB--Chernow, J, Netzel, M 2,
DiFillipo, A 2, OConnor, M. BF--Taylor, J 26 (26), Martin, H 4 (4),
Flahive, J 5 (5), Wojichowski, B 9 (9), Wilk, C 8 (8), Mack, B 2 (5),
Viveiros, M 22 (28), Steve, D 2 (2), Rajsigl, J 4 (4). P-S--Taylor, J
88-56, Martin, H 20-12, Flahive, J 17-10, Wojichowski, B 39-18, Wilk, C
30-13, Mack, B 6-4, Viveiros, M 65-48, Steve, D 8-7, Rajsigl, J 8-6. 
T--2:31.