The Hornell Dodger season came to an end as the Cortland Crush rallied for a 5-3 victory to claim the 2021 NYCBL Championship.
The Dodgers got on the board in the 2nd when Jordyn Smith (Grambling) and Aaron Mann (Drury) hit singles. After a double steal, Matteo Avallone (Alfred State) lifted a sac fly to score Smith. Hornell threatened for more but stranded a pair of runners.
In the 3rd, Hornell loaded the bases win one out after walks to Jack McDonald (Wilmington), Chris Penna (Rhodes), and Jordyn Smith (Rhodes). With Avallone at the plate, McDonald scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. The Dodgers couldn’t add to the lead and stranded two more on base.
The Crush scored their lone run of the game against Hornell starter Charlie White (Boiling Springs, PA/Wilmington) in the 4th when Griffin Snyder lifted a sac fly to center.
The game remained 2-1 until the 8th when Hornell added an insurance run. Smith hit a one out double and scored with two outs on a wild pitch.
Down to their final three outs, Cortland got the bats going in the 9th. They collected three straight singles with Nicholas Pastore collecting a RBI hit to right to make it 3-2. Pinch hitter delivered the game-winning hit when he hit a double and Matt Ward added an insurance run with a double down the right field line.
Garrett Bell came out of the Crush bullpen and retired the Dodgers in order in the 9th to seal the win and give Cortland their first ever NYCBL Championship.
White was outstanding on the mound. He allowed the one earned run on five hits in eight innings. He walked just one and struck out eight. He tossed 12 innings in the playoffs and allowed just one run and struck out 15.
Smith was the lone Dodger with multiple hits finishing 2 for 3 with two runs scored.
Alexis Castillo and Nicholas Pastore were both 2 for 4 for the Crush. The Crush bullpen allowed just two hits in six innings of work. They walked two and struck out three. Cregg Scherrer earned the win and Bell got the save.
Pastore was named the Championship Series Most Outstanding Player while Game 1 starter Dominic Perachi was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
The Dodgers finished the 2021 season as the Western Division Champions with a 30-17-1 record.