The Sherrill Silversmiths had just tied the game with the Cortland Crush at 5-5 in the top of the sixth inning. The Silversmiths erased a three-run deficit and seemed poised to take control of the ball game.
However, Alex Flock took momentum back for the Crush with one swing of the bat. Flock came to the plate to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and immediately snatched the lead back for the Crush. The senior outfielder took a 0-1 pitch and blasted it to right field where it cleared the fence and have Cortland back the lead 6-5. “I got a first pitch fastball, I was pretty upset I didn’t swing at it, so I was kind of in the hole there,” Flock said, “that second pitch was just a hanging change up and he left over the middle of the plate and I was able to stay back and put a good swing on it.”
Flock’s solo-home run sparked a five-run sixth inning that gave Cortland commanding control of the game, in route to a 11-5 win over Sherrill.
“Great performance after not having played for four or five days,” head coach Bill McConnell said, “what was significant was we gave up three and then battled back for five.”
The Crush managed 14 hits on the night and drew five walks. The Crush were also hit by five pitches.
The Cortland jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first, highlighted by Garrett Calaghan’s RBI single.
After Sherrill tied it at 2-2 in the second, Cortland retook the lead on Jack Lynch’s RBI single that scored Dylan Nolan.
The Crush then took a 5-2 lead in the third on Henry Strmeki’s and Lynch’s back-to-back base hits.
Sherrill then spotted three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the ballgame. The Crush responded with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the frame to take a 10-5 lead.
Aside from Flock’s homer, Sean O’Malley drove in two runs on a double to right-center while Stephen Bennet smacked a single to left field that scored two runs as well.
“There was no doubt that we would come back and eventually win the game,” Flock said. Lynch finished the scoring for Cortland in the bottom of the eighth, recording his third base hit of the night with a triple to left field that scored Callaghan. Lynch finished the game 3-3 and three RBI’s
and was hit by two pitches.
“With six days off, was able to get some extra swings in the cage, it was definitely good to get back in the game and get some success today,” Lynch said. Flock, Lynch and Bennett combined for eight of the Crush’s 14 hits on the night. Flock finished 3-4 with a home run and Bennett went 2-6 with two RBI’s.
The Crush bullpen held down the fort after the sixth inning. Ryan Reicoff, Mikey Viverios and Garrett Bell combined to pitch a scoreless three and two-thirds inning to secure the win. Friday’s win starts a stretch of 11 straight days with a game, including three doubleheaders.
“They’re ready for it and they embrace it,” McConnell said.
Cortland hosts Rome on today (June 15th) in a doubleheader to make up for the game that was rained out on Monday. First pitch for game one is a 3 pm and game two will start 20-30 minutes following the conclusion of game one.
The Crush defeated Rome on June 7th in Rome 13-8.
“The biggest thing for us is getting the lead early, attacking early and making sure and just make sure we’re keeping it, riding the wave and make sure we get two tomorrow,” Flock said.