In a contest between the two sets of Red Dragons, it was the Red Dragons of Cortland who came on top Saturday afternoon at Wallace Field, winning by a score of 8-3.
Right from the get go, Cortland wasted no time to take control of the game. In the bottom of the first inning, Tyler Phillips launched his first home run of the year over the left field fence for an early 2-0 lead. “Figueroa got walked on 4 straight pitches so I knew I was gonna get a fastball first pitch I just needed to make sure I got one over the plate and I got it,” according to Phillips. He would finish the afternoon going 3-5 with 3 RBI’s.
Alex Weingarten got the start for the Red Dragons of Cortland, as he pitched 6 solid innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 7. When asked how he kept the hitters in check, he replied: “I came out with a game plan today and I executed it, that’s basically it.” Weingarten would improve to 5-1 on the year, as he solidified his role as an elite member of this Cortland rotation. “We have a lot of talent this year and if we pitch up to our full potential we can go all the way,” states Weingarten.
Although Phillips and Weingarten both had standout performances on Saturday, there were plenty of other Red Dragons that stood out in the win.
Jack Massa would join Phillips in hitting a home run, as he launched a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 5th. Massa now leads the team in home runs with three.
Cortland held a comfortable lead for all 2 hours and 17 minutes of this ballgame. Payton Boice entered the game in the 7th inning and completed the rare 9 out save. Boice would allow only one hit over his 3 innings pitched and struck out two.
The #6 nationally ranked Cortland Red Dragons head into Sunday’s double header with a ton of confidence and a great chance to sweep the Oneonta Red Dragons.
Sunday’s first game starts at noon as Cortland looks to continue their winning ways.