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Battle With Salt Cats Suspended at 3-3 in the Ninth

By Cam Woodard, 07/07/21, 7:00AM EDT

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SYRACUSE - The Cortland Crush traveled to Onondaga Community College on Tuesday night for a contest against the Syracuse Salt Cats. Both ball clubs battled through nine innings, however the game was cut short and suspended in the ninth inning with a score of 3-3 due to lightning and will be resumed at a later date. 

The Crush got things going on the board in this one, scoring in the top of the second. Nick Pastore was able to draw a walk and Justice Welch (2-for-3) later knocked him in on an RBI single. The Salt Cats answered back in the bottom half of the frame though on an RBI single from Kent Wilson to tie the game at one apiece.

The next few innings would be a pitcher's duel as both teams went scoreless until the seventh inning. Buzz Shirley got the start for Cortland and was solid through six innings of work. Shirley only allowed one run while striking out six Syracuse batters. 

For the Salt Cats, Jacob Marshall came in to relieve the starter Tom Reisinger after a quick outing in the third inning, and had the most success against the Crush lineup. Marshall went four innings and only allowed 2 hits while picking up six strikeouts.

The duel on the mound was broken up in the top of the seventh as Daniele Manante took the mound for the Salt Cats. Javier Rosa tripled to left field and was later scored on an RBI single from Alexis Castillo. Castillo then scored on an RBI double from Pastore to make the score 3-1 Crush and Manante was taken out after just one inning on the hill.

Syracuse then answered right back again in the bottom half of the inning as they scored on an error, allowing Wilson to score. Cortland had three pitching changes in the inning as Brett Dunham came in to relieve Shirley, then Matthew Sorrells subbed for Dunham after two straight walks, and then Jackson Krueger for Sorrells after just three batters faced as Krueger picked up the final out. 

The Salt Cats would then shut out the Crush in a one, two, three inning in the top of the eighth courtesy of Carter Kowalczyk who relieved Manente. The Syracuse bats then put up another run in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game at three on a Sacrifice fly from Carter Huffman.

As Cortland looked to rally in the top of the ninth after getting two runners on base courtesy of a bizarre infield double from Castillo (2-for-5) and a Lawrence Hamilton (2-for-4) walk, the game was suspended due to lightning in the skys. 

Head Coach Bill McConell said the decision to resume the game was made this morning. “The game will be resumed the next time we play each other, and we’ll pick up right where we left off, 3-3 with two runners on, and a 1-2 count on Pastore.” Cortland is slated to play the Salt Cats again on Tuesday of next week.

With no win, no loss, and no tie to show for, the Crush will look to take two wins today as they face the Sherrill Silversmiths on the road for a double header beginning at 1 pm.