A trio of standout Cortland Crush players joined the Morning Drive with Vinnie Bellardini today.
The team’s season opener is tonight, with first pitch set for 6:05 pm at Gutchess Lumber Sports Complex.
Buzz Shirley and Garrett Bell are also teammates at Ithaca College, where both earned all-league recognitions this season.
Nick Pastore plays at the College of Brockport and also was named all-league as an outfielder.
Shirley was also named to the all-region team — a second team honoree as a utility player, logging time as both a pitcher and a first baseman.
On the mound, he went 3-1 with a 4.99 ERA in 39.2 innings pitched and struck out a team-high 46 batters.
At the plate, Shirley paced IC with a .389 average, to go along with 37 hits, 24 runs scored, 23 RBI, 10 doubles and three homeruns.
He also drew 17 walks and was hit by a pitch 11 times.
Bell is a 2019 graduate of Lansing High School, where he was named MVP his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He also earned a First Player All-State distinction during the 2018 season.
This year at IC, he spent time as a starter and relievers, allowing him to be named an all-league honorable mention as a relief pitcher.
He appeared in a team-high 13 games and made four starts, logging a 3.58 ERA with a 2-3 record and two saves.
Additionally, he totaled 28 strikeouts over 32.2 innings pitched.
Pastore batted .352 and started all 25 games in centerfield for the Golden Eagles.
He had 31 hits, 18 runs scored, 18 RBI’s and he also stole seven bases. Among those hits, he posted six doubles, three triples and two home runs.
In the field, he didn’t record a single error.
During the 2019 season, Pastore led the NYCBL in stolen bases with 31 and broke the Crush single season record. He also posted a staggeringly low 10% strike out rate.
The Crush won the NYCBL East that year, losing in the championship to Niagara, a team that’s no longer competing in the league.