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Hannibal softball needs more offense

By Rob Tetro

Hannibal’s interim varsity softball coach Dave Meeker expected his inexperienced team to take a few lumps this season.

So far, his expectations have been pretty accurate. Hannibal has yet to win a game this season, with an 0-3 record.

The Lady Warriors began the season April 11 with a 21-9 loss to Bishop Ludden. Hannibal capped off the 3-game stretch with a doubleheader against county foe Phoenix April 17, losing the first game 16-0 and the second 25-2.

Bishop Ludden got off to an impressive start in its game with Hannibal, jumping out to an 11-0 lead in the first inning.

Bishop Ludden wasn’t about to let up and by the end of the fifth inning, Bishop Ludden had an 18-0 lead over the Lady Warriors.

However, Hannibal refused to quit. During the sixth and seventh innings, the Lady Warriors outscored Bishop Ludden, 9-3. But the game ended with a Bishop Ludden win by 1-9.

The Lady Warriors were led by Sabrina Weigand with a hit and 3 RBIs.

After falling to the Lady Firebirds 16-0 in Game 1 of their doubleheader, Hannibal’s struggles continued during Game 2.

Phoenix wasted little time putting the game out of reach. By the end of the second inning, the Lady Firebirds had a 21-1 lead over the Lady Warriors.

Hannibal scored during the third inning to cut the Lady Firebirds’ lead to 21-2. then Phoenix scored 4 more runs during the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 25-2 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Firebirds was Kimberly Holbrook with 2 hits and 4 RBIs including a homerun. Following Holbrook was Gabrielle Esposito with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Shannon Dolan had a hit and an RBI while Jada Jackowski chipped in 2 hits for Phoenix.

Cheyenne Wilson earned the win on the mound for the Lady Firebirds, throwing 8 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off 2 hits in a complete game effort.

The Lady Warriors were led by Megan Norris with a hit and 2 RBIs, followed by  Malana Scott with 1 hit.

Dallas Voss got the start on the mound for Hannibal. She threw 1 strikeout while allowing 21 runs off 5 hits in 3 innings of work.

In relief of Voss, Malana Scott threw a strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 4 hits in 2 innings pitched.

Fulton baseball continues to struggle

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team has lost its last 4 games and now have an overall record of 1-7.

On April 18, the Red Raiders lost both games of a doubleheader against Homer — 11-1 in Game 1 and 14-2 in Game 2.

It didn’t get any easier for Fulton when they took on East Syracuse Minoa in a doubleheader April 19, as the Red Raiders lost 13-1 in Game 1 and 8-7 in Game 2.

In the Homer first game, Homer began building its lead after a scoreless first inning.

By the end of the third inning, Homer had a 4-1 lead over the Red Raiders. Homer then put the game out of reach following a scoreless fourth inning, erupting for   7 runs during the fifth inning to cap off an 11-1 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Jon Cummins with a hit and an RBI against Homer. Following Cummins was Jeremy Langdon with 2 hits while Michael Bolster, Dan Coant and Kirby LaBeef chipped in a hit each for the Red Raiders.

Fulton was led on the mound by Michael Bolster with 1 strikeout while allowing 8 runs off 10 hits in 4 and 1/3 innings of work.

Nick Summerville pitched in relief of Bolster, throwing a strikeout while allowing 3 runs off 6 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched.

After Homer rolled past the Red Raiders in game 2 of their doubleheader, 14-2, Fulton turned their attention to a doubleheader against ESM.

In Game 1, after a scoreless first inning, ESM jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the  second inning. The Spartans put the game out of reach during the third inning, scoring 9 unanswered runs to take an 11-1 lead over the Red Raiders.

ESM added 2 more runs during the seventh inning en route to a 13-1 win.

Fulton was led by Michael Bolster with a hit and an RBI, followed by Peter Ravesi with 2 hits and Charles Alton, Cameron Clark and Dan Coant with a hit each.

Charles Alton led the way on the mound for the Red Raiders. In 3 and 1/3 innings of work, Alton threw 1 strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 7 hits. In relief of Alton, George Lewis allowed 9 runs off 9 hits in 2 and 2/3 innings pitched.

Michael Bolster also got time on the mound for Fulton, allowing 1 hit in an inning of playing time.

The Red Raiders came up short in Game 2 against EMS.

Fulton jumped out to an early lead of 5-2 by the end of the second inning. But ESM wasn’t about to fold.

During the third inning, they cut Fulton’s lead to 5-3. After a scoreless fourth and fifth innings, ESM tied the game, scoring a run in both the sixth and seventh innings.

The game then went to extra innings. The Red Raiders scored 2 runs during the top of the eighth inning to take a 7-5 lead.

But Fulton wasn’t able to keep ESM off the scoreboard down the stretch. They scored 3 runs during the bottom of the eighth inning to escape with an 8-7 win over the Red Raiders.

Leading the way for Fulton was Charles Alton with 3 hits and an RBI. Following Alton was Jeremy Langdon with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Dan Coant, Dillon Guernsey and Kirby LaBeef each had a hit and an RBI.  Cody Green and Jake Seymour chipped in a hit each.

On the mound, Dan Coant threw 3 strikeouts while allowing 6 runs off 8 hits in 7 and 1/3 innings pitched. Cameron Clark threw 1 strikeout while allowing 2 runs off 1 hit in 1/3 of an inning of work.

Hannibal baseball begins season with 4 losses

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal varsity baseball is 0-4 to begin the season, losing doubleheaders to Mexico and Phoenix.

On April 12, Mexico held off the Warriors, 10-7 in Game 1 of their doubleheader. In Game 2, Mexico prevailed with an 11-8 win.

Phoenix rolled past the Warriors, 19-2 in Game 1 of their April 17 doubleheader. In Game 2, Phoenix blanked Hannibal, 7-0.

Mexico escaped with a hard fought win over the Warriors in Game 1 of their  doubleheader.  After an evenly played first inning, the game was tied at 1.

However, Hannibal pulled ahead during the next 2 innings, outscoring Mexico 4-2 during the second and third innings to take a 5-3 lead.

Then Mexico erupted took in the fourth inning, scoring 5 runs to pull ahead. Hannibal had no answers down the stretch as Mexico held on for the 10-7 win.

Mexico was led by Jake Gorton with a hit and 3 RBIs, followed by Justin Marden with a hit and 2 RBIs, Anthony Moretti with a hit and an RBI and Brian Dufrane, Tanner Stevens, Tyler Stever and Dante Turo combined for a hit and 4 RBI.

Tyler Stever earned the win for Mexico on the mound. He allowed a run off of 2 hits in an inning of work. Following Stever was Justin Marsden who allowed 6 runs off 3 hits in 3 innings of work. Caleb Wallis is credited with the save for Mexico.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Colton Cannova and Austin Mattison, with 2 hits and an RBI each. They were followed by Shane Sweeting with a hit and an RBI and Greg Hadcock with an RBI.

On the mound, Colton Cannova started the game for Hannibal, throwing 2 strikeouts while allowing 3 runs off 4 hits in 2 and 2/3 innings of work.

Following Cannova was Jorge Padau who threw a strikeout while allowing 7 runs off 2 hits in 1 and 2/3 innings pitched. Taber Carter finished the game for Hannibal on the mound.

In Game 2, Mexico scored a couple of late runs to seal the win over the Warriors.

Early on, it seemed as if Mexico would roll — after 4 innings of play, Mexico had a 7-1 lead.

However, the Warriors battled back during the next 2 innings. They outscored Mexico, 7-2 during the fifth and sixth innings to come within a run at 9-8.

But they were unable to get any closer. Mexico added 2 more runs during the top of the seventh inning to cap off an 11-8 win.

Mexico was led by Anthony Moretti with 3 hits and 3 RBIs, followed by  Justin Marsden with 2 hits and 2 RBIs.

Dante Turo had a hit and 2 RBIs and  John Bouck, Tanner Stevens, Tyler Stever, Caleb Wallis and John Washer combined for 3 hits and 3 RBIs.

On the mound, Dante Turo earned the win for Mexico. In 3 and 2/3 innings of work, Turo threw 5 strikeouts while allowing only 1 run off 3 hits.

Following Turo was Anthony Moretti, who threw a strikeout while allowing 4 runs off 3 hits in 1 and 1/3 innings pitched. Tanner Stevens earned the save for Mexico, with 3 strikeouts and 3 runs off of 3 hits in 2 innings work.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Sam McCraith with 3 hits and an RBI against Mexico. Following McCraith were Taber Carter, Greg Hadcock, Ethan Straub and Shane Sweeting, each with a hit and an RBI. Colton Cannova and Austin Mattison added 2 hits.

Austin Mattison started the game on the mound and in 3 and 1/3 innings of work, Mattison threw 4 strikeouts while allowing 7 runs off 5 hits.

Following Mattison was Troy Landis who threw 2 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs off 4 hits in 3 innings pitched. Jorge Padau is credited with throwing a strikeout while allowing only a hit in 2/3 of an inning.

After falling to Phoenix 19-2 in Game 1 of their doubleheader, the Warriors suffered the same fate in Game 2.

In Game 2, Phoenix stifled the Warriors early and often. The Firebirds jumped out to a 2-0 lead during the first inning and then Phoenix put the game out of reach during the next 2 innings. The Firebirds scored 5 more runs during the second and third innings en route to the 7-0 win.

Phoenix was led by Jordan Jock with 2 hits and an RBI, followed by Emilio Tassone with a hit and 2 RBIs. Bryce Plante and Zach Schlacter had a hit and an RBI each and Dylan Borza chipped in a hit.

On the mound, Jordan Jock earned the win for the Firebirds. In 6 innings pitched, Jock threw 5 strikeouts while allowing just 1 hit.

Bryce Plante earned the save for Phoenix, throwing a strikeout and allowing only 1 hit in 1 inning of work.

Leading the way for Hannibal were Jon Combes and Austin Mattison with 1 hit each. Austin Mattison pitched the entire game for the Warriors, throwing 6 strikeouts while allowing 7 runs off only 3 hits.

The Sportsman’s World — Adventures in the Marsh

By Leon Archer

Sweet thing and I have started packing for our long drive back home, but we won’t be leaving for a few more days.

It will seem strange when we leave and don’t have our grandson, Beckett, keeping us busy anymore. He just had his first birthday, but boy can he give his grampa a run for the money.

Yesterday I had him out in the back yard. It was about 70 degrees and the sun was shining, and it was way too nice to stay inside. Beckett hasn’t quite gotten used to grass, but he still likes being outside, mostly on the patio.

I had been doing some work in the flower garden and had laid my little hand spade down before Beckett joined me. He is very inquisitive, so he was investigating all the nooks and crannies around the patio while I lounged for a few minutes on the big swing.

I figured he couldn’t get into too much trouble on the patio, but the next thing I knew he had the spade in his mouth. By the time I caught up with him, he was spitting and gagging a little, but the spade seemed to be OK.

Apparently good black dirt isn’t immediately fatal as Beckett seems pretty lively today. My mother always used to say, “You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die.” Beckett’s off to a good start.

I’ve been keeping track of what the fishing has been like back in New York state, and I am ready to be back there.

The bullheads are biting and perch have been showing up. The smelt haven’t started running in the Niagara River yet, probably because the water is still too cold.

It shouldn’t be long though, because the guys fishing on the lake where the river empties out onto the Niagara Bar have noticed smelt in the trout stomachs.

This is the time of year when my father would announce that he was going to pick a bunch of cowslips for dinner. I couldn’t stand cowslips (more properly known as marsh marigolds) but my father actually looked forward to them.

If you read about them, you will find out they are poisonous, but when prepared properly, they are edible. I use the word “edible” advisably and in its broadest sense. Anyone who watches the TV show Bizarre Foods will understand.

The thing I liked about cowslips wasn’t eating them, it was going after them. They grew in the marsh, and the only time to pick them, according to my father, was in the early spring when the new leaves were about the size of a half dollar and they hadn’t blossomed out with their bright yellow flowers.

Dad would say to me, “Get your hip boots, we are going after cowslips.” I didn’t complain; I hopped to it, and was ready to head out before he was.

We would walk up East Main Street, past Charlie Beldock’s barn, and in no time we were in the marsh that bordered his farm.

Once we were in the marsh, I was in a wonderland and I had precious little time for actually picking cowslips. We both carried a large paper grocery bag to put the round leaves in; dad’s was always full when we left the marsh, and mine was, shall we say, easy to carry.

It was an adventure to walk in the marsh, and there was so much to see, so picking marsh marigolds was not my top priority.

This particular marsh was home to many muskrats and their houses were sources of great interest to me. Sometimes I would catch site of a muskrat sitting on a feeding mound, munching away on a cat tail root or see one swimming along the surface before plunging into an underwater run.

There were areas of water – of course – and I watched for the big, dark purplish, yellow spotted spring salamanders that gathered to breed in them. They were easy to catch, but I just looked them over and put them back.

Overhead the male snipe and woodcock were swooping down towards the marsh and then climbing back up almost out of sight before diving again over and over, and over again.

The quavering sound of the wind on their wings and the diving display was all for the attention of demure females watching from the ground. The woodcock also vocalized as they dove.

I once had a woodcock that had been displaying high above me, come plunging down to land on a small hummock about 10 feet away from me. I can still see his huge brown eyes inspecting me, before he decided I wasn’t a threat.

Then I caught a slight movement about three feet from where he had come to rest. The first thing I saw was another set of huge brown eyes, and then the brown body of the hen took shape. She had been perfectly camouflaged against the brown background of the hummock.

We had silently watched the show together, and I’m pretty sure she was just as appreciative as I had been.

I usually picked a bouquet of pussy willows for my mother before we left the marsh. They would grace the table in our home for a few days.

Several kinds of frogs abounded in the marsh. Most of them I could find if they were singing, but I never could locate peepers that I heard – very frustrating.

I’ve never lost my appreciation for the marsh. The sights and sounds enthrall me as much today as they did when I picked cowslips with my father.

Oh, by the way. Marsh Marigolds are edible when prepared properly. They must be boiled at least twice, three times is better, emptying out the water each time and putting them into fresh to boil.

This apparently leaches out whatever the toxin is and makes them less acrid and bitter.

My mother always sautéed the greens with some bacon or salt pork after their last boiling. Over the years, I got so I could eat them, but now I only think about it.

On the other hand, I bet they would make great beans and greens. I might have to hit the marsh again to find out – maybe.

Cold was the headline during the winter of 2012-14

By Debra J. Groom

It looks like winter may be over.

Nuts, did that jinx it?

Well anyway, through April 22, Fulton has received 177.6 inches of snow, said John Florek, who keeps snow records at the city’s water department. The average snowfall through April 22 during the 38 seasons he has been keeping records is 179.6.

“We’re pretty darn close,” Florek said.

Even though temperatures have been mild of late, Florek said he doesn’t put away his snow records for the year until the end of May.

“We’ve had snow on a couple of Mothers’ Days,” he said. The latest snow he has on record is May 12, 1996, when the city picked up 1.5 inches.

That was part of an extreme winter that saw 273.5 inches pile up in Fulton. The least amount of snow in his 38 years of record keeping was in 1991 — a paltry 74.75 inches.

Carolyn Yerdon, who keeps weather records up in Redfield, said her area came in at 386 inches — and more than half of that was on the ground before Jan. 1.

“We still have some piles here on the lawn and you can find snow in the woods,” she said this week.

The record for snow in Redfield is the 1996-97 winter — a total of 420 inches of snow fell.

Both Florek and Yerdon said what made this winter seem to go on forever was it seemed to snow almost every day and there were periods of extreme cold.

Yerdon said Oswego County is used to temperatures below zero during the winter. But to have a run of many days of frigid temperatures is rare.

“We had minus 19 on Jan. 21, minus 18 on Jan. 22 and it continued through Jan 24,” she said. Jan. 25 saw 11 degrees, and then the temperature plummeted again to minus 11 on Jan. 26 and minus 19 on Jan. 27.

“That’s brutal,” she said.

Florek agreed.

“It was cold more than anything else,” he said. “There were no real drops of multiple feet of snow this year.”

In Oswego, the Port City ended with 154.5 inches of snow, a couple of inches above average, said weather observer William Gregway.

“We got a lot of lake effect,” he said, noting it also snowed early in the season and continued through April. “We had a white Thanksgiving, white Christmas, but not a white Easter,” he said.

He also agreed the cold really got people down this year. He said he talked to some construction workers recently who are doing sewer work in the city and they remarked that the frost was more than 3 feet down into the ground where they were digging.

 

Fulton softball off to tremendous start

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team won its first 2 games of the season, beating Chittenango 16-6 on April 10 and then holding off county foe, Mexico, 4-2 on April 14.

In the Chittenango game, the Lady Raiders stormed ahead after falling behind 1-0 in the first inning.

They outscored Chittenango by 3 runs during the second inning to take a 5-3 lead.  Fulton added to its lead during the next 3 innings, outscoring Chittenango, 5-1 during the third, fourth and fifth innings to take a 10-4 lead.

Fulton didn’t let up and outscored Chittenango in the sixth and seventh innings en route to a 16-6 win.

Leading the way for Fulton were MiKayla Guernsey and Keisha Pierce, each with  3 hits and 4 RBIs.

They were followed by Cheyenne Laun and Maureen McCann with a hit and 2 RBI each. Anna Guernsey, Hannah Jones and Kassidy Kearns combined for 4 hits for the Lady Raiders.

On the mound, Fulton was led by Cheyenne Laun. In a complete game effort, Laun threw 9 strikeouts while allowing 6 runs off 3 hits.

In the Mexico game, the first three innings were scoreless.

Then Fulton jumped out to a 4-0 lead during the fourth inning. However, Mexico battled until the end.

After 2 scoreless innings, Mexico made it interesting. They scored 2 runs during the seventh inning to cut the Lady Raiders lead to 2 runs, but they couldn’t get any closer than that. Fulton won 4-2.

Mexico was led by Amylynn Holland with a hit and 2 RBIs. Following Holland was Madison Himes with 2 hits. Kennedy Lamb pitched a complete game for Mexico with 4 strikeouts while allowing 4 runs off 5 hits.

Leading the way for Fulton was MiKayla Guernsey with a hit and 2 RBIs, followed by Kassidy Kearns, Cheyenne Laun, Maureen McCann and Courtney Parker with a hit each.

On the mound, Cheyenne Laun pitched another complete game for Fulton, throwing 9 strikeouts while allowing 2 runs off 3 hits.

Disposal of old drugs Saturday at various sites

Saturday is the day that folks with old prescription drugs to dispose of can do so at area sites.

Drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2  p.m.  April 26. The service is free and anonymous.

Here are the sites in Oswego County:

Fulton Police Department

Oswego Police Department

Kinney Drug Stores in Oswego, Fulton and Pulaski.

Pills and patches that have expired or are unused or unwanted can be dropped off during the event to ensure proper and safe disposal. Liquids, needles and sharps are not accepted.

During the last Take-Back Day in October 2013, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in all its previous Take-Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds of pills—more than 1,700 tons.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. According to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, flushing unused medicine down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.

 

 

Dear Porky & Buddy — How to keep a pet from running away

Dear Porky & Buddy,

Several years ago, (when I was young(er) and foolish(er), I got a beagle puppy. I named her Randy and she was a great dog, but after only about six months she ran off and although I tried really hard, I could never find her.

I felt terrible and stupid and vowed to never make that mistake again, but just recently I finally bought my own house with a nice fenced in yard and I think I am ready to try to be a better “pet parent” now.

But I still think about Randy and want to never have to go through that again. If I do lose my new dog, how should I go about finding her or him?

Jo

 

Dear Jo,

You’re jumping the gun (so to speak) a little.

Start out by taking some sensible precautions that will make it much less likely that your new best friend will end up wandering off to meet Randy.

First, do your research about what kind of dog you want to adopt. (Yes, we are absolutely assuming you will adopt.)

Beagles and other hounds and hound mixes are great dogs, but they are hunters and they easily wander off on the trail of something. If you are prepared for that, fine, but be truly prepared, or you might want to think instead about a breed or mixed breed with less of a wanderlust.

Second, it’s great that you have a fenced yard, but that is no substitute for good identification — a collar with your name and number stitched right in (not just a tag that is easily lost) and preferably a micro-chip that you keep registered.

It is also no substitute for spending time with your new friend. Dogs left in yards by themselves get bored and will sometimes try anything to get out and explore. Go exploring together instead. That’s why you want a dog, right?

Third, make sure your new dog is well trained and learns to come without hesitation when she or he is called, no matter how tempted to run after something interesting. There are a lot of other commands that are important, but, for safety, “Come” is the one that is fundamental.

You can find great instructions and advice for teaching that command from the ASPCA at http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/teaching-your-dog-come-when-called.

Next week, we’ll write again about what to do if your dog becomes lost in spite of your best efforts. But first you have some  homework to do. Have fun adopting!

Speaking of adopting, go to www.oswegohumane.org to see all of the Oswego County Humane Society’s great pets available for adoption.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego. Phone is 207-1070. Email is ochscontact@hotmail.com. Website is  www.oswegohumane.org.