CORTLANDVILLE - The Cortland Crush battled with the Sherrill Silversmiths in a double header on Friday at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex. Playing as the home team in the first contest and away in the second due to it being a reschedule, Cortland took game one 3-0 and Sherrill took game two 5-0 as the two ball clubs split on the night.
Lucas Hartman was phenomenal on the mound once again for the Crush in game one as he pitched a one hit complete game shutout and tossed 11 strikeouts. The league leader for fewest runs given up, Hartman now sits at an impressive 0.38 ERA as he picked up his third win of the season. Hartman had this to say about how he has been able to be so dominant this summer.
“My fastball is always working for me, I like throwing it up in the zone and getting it over the guys’ bats. Today though, everything was working for me. Curveball, slider, changeup; I was able to throw all of them in any count, get ahead of guys, and get outs quickly.”
After three and a half hitless innings for both ball clubs in game one, Nick Pastore hit a single in the bottom of the fourth to get things going at the plate for the Crush. Pastore would then score on an RBI single from Alexis Castillo (2-for-3) to make the score 1-0.
The fifth inning would go scoreless for both teams again as Cortland tacked on their final two runs of the night in the bottom of the sixth. Pastore scored again from third on a double steal and Mathew Ward hit an RBI single to extend the Crush lead to three.
Hartman then came back out in the top of the seventh and shutdown Sherrill in the final inning of the game. Three Silversmith batters came up and all three were retired as the Crush won the first game with no trouble, 3-0.
After a solid game one, the second game would be all Sherrill as Cortland struggled to produce on both sides of the ball. Playing as the home team in this one, Sherrill answered back in game two with a shutout of their own. Julian Minaya was solid on the mound going all seven innings and earning eight strikeouts as he picked up the win.
The Silversmiths got things going on offense early in this one as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. After reaching first on an error, Chris Heinemann Stole both second and third base before scoring on a wild pitch .
The Crush would continue to struggle on offense as they put the ball in play many times, but could not find a gap in the Silversmith’s defense. Sheriill on the other hand, put up four more runs in the bottom of fifth to complete their scoring for the night.
With the bases loaded, Cam Caraher drew a walk which allowed Ryan Lutinski to score, pushing the Silversmith’s lead to two. After a quick Crush pitching change, Jared Rhodes then blew the game open for Sherrill on the very next at bat with a three RBI triple to make the score 5-0 at the start of the sixth inning.
The rest of the game would go scoreless for both teams. Cortland was unable to rally as their offensive struggles continued, and Sherrill simply just held the Crush off for the remainder of the game as they turned the tables in this one getting the 5-0 win with ease.
The Crush are back in action today as they look to bounce back from the game two loss in a nine inning game with their rival Syracuse Salt Cats beginning at 3 pm out at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex.
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