More often than not, when a hitter has a 3-0 count, he’ll be taking the next pitch. You don’t want to make an out when you have the pitcher in a deep hole.
But Trumansburg baseball coach Scott Voorhees has a couple of players who he will let swing away if they see a pitch they can hit. Colin Fellows is one of those players.
“I will give ‘take’ (signs) sometimes, but there are certain kids who I trust and we have conversations about what that means,” Voorhees said. “I’ve had Colin for three years and trust him to make good decisions. He hit .400-plus for us, he makes good decisions regularly. In that position, with runners on base, I want Colin swinging the bat.”
With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, Fellows laced a 3-0 fastball to left-center field for a two-run triple, plating the go-ahead runs as the Blue Raiders opened Section 4 Class C Tournament play with a 7-5 victory against Bainbridge-Guilford at the Trumansburg High field.
Centerfielder Alex Shippy went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, and shortstop Mitchell Swartwood drove in two runs with a two-out single in the third inning to lift the Blue Raiders (13-3), who will host Elmira Notre Dame — a 15-1 winner on Tuesday over Harpursville — at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Class C quarterfinals.
T-burg ace lefty Cam Lueder struggled through five innings, yielding five runs on five hits and throwing nearly 100 pitches. He showed the Bobcats (7-9) his vast array of pitches — a heavy fastball to go along with several off-speed and breaking pitches, including a knuckleball. Jeff Cotterill worked the final two innings, retiring six of the seven batters he faced, and picked up the victory.
“It was definitely not my best performance,” said Lueder, who helped himself at the plate with a first-inning RBI single. “I felt like I wasn’t getting the calls on the corners, it seemed like if they didn’t swing, it wasn’t a strike. But I was a little bit off.”
Righty Mark Cordner went the distance for Bainbridge-Guilford, scattering eight hits and surviving a potentially big first inning as the first three Trumansburg batters reached base and two of them scored.
“It was a little concerning in the first inning, but these kids have been very resilient all year long,” said Bobcats coach Tim Mattingly. “They always seem to battle back with some clutch hits, and they play well as a team. I’m really proud of them, we gave Trumansburg a game and they knew they were in a game.”
After Lueder set the Bobcats down in order in the first, with two of his eight strikeouts, the Blue Raiders came out swinging in the bottom half. Leadoff hitter Shippy drilled the first pitch he saw into left field, stole second and scored on a single by second baseman Glen Addicott. After a walk to Justin Meddaugh, Lueder drove Addicott in with a line-drive single over Cordner’s outstretched glove.
Lueder overcame a leadoff walk to Bainbridge-Guilford third baseman Ryan James in the second, setting the next three batters down, two by strikeout. But it took him 24 pitches to get through the inning as he went to a full count on all four batters, a sign of things to come.
“Cam’s a kid who likes to throw a lot,” Voorhees said. “A week ago Monday was the last time he was on the mound, so eight days off is tough for a kid who’s used to going out there and battling. He didn’t have his best stuff, but he kept us in the game.”
Lucas Butcher got Bainbridge-Guilford on the board in the third inning with a two-run double to center field, tying the game at 2. Butcher then scored on a ground ball by Cordner to put the visitors ahead.
But Trumansburg came right back with two runs in the home half of the third. With two outs, Ty Iannone walked and Trevor Rumsey singled, and Swartwood drove them both home with a single to center.
The Bobcats retook the lead, 5-4, in the top of the fifth with two runs on two hits and two Trumansburg errors, but the Blue Raiders responded an inning later. With one out, Shippy drilled a line drive over the right fielder’s head for a double, and after moving to third on a wild pitch, he scored the tying run on a Justin Meddaugh ground ball, Shippy beating the throw home from B-G’s Sean James.
Fellows then put the home team ahead for good with his two-run triple, and Cotterill shut the door in the top of the seventh. He got some help from right fielder Iannone, who made two nice running catches, including the game-ending out.
Lansing 10, Marathon 4: At Lansing, Owen Davis and Brandon Mikula both had two hits and drove in two runs as the Bobcats (12-5) advanced to the Class C quarterfinals, where they will meet third-seeded Tioga (14-2), which earned a first-round bye. That game is slated for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Tioga.
Ithaca 8, Binghamton 5: At Ithaca, Zach Johnson and Thomas Moesch had two goals apiece as the Little Red outscored the Patriots 3-1 in the second half en route to the win in the Section 4 Class A semifinals.
Ithaca (8-8) advances to Thursday night’s Class A final at top-seeded Corning (11-4).
The Patriots (6-10) were led by Joe Crowley, who scored a game-high three goals.
Class C Tournament: On Monday in Marathon, Chenango Forks won its seventh Class C championship in 10 years, beating Trumansburg by 10 shots at the par-70 Maple Hill Golf Club with a 422 team total.
Trumansburg’s Dan Lapp was the medalist with an even-par 70, winning by seven shots over Lansing’s Nic Whittaker. Matt Haefner (83) was fifth and Bryce Zdyb (86) was ninth.