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Fulton softball ends regular season with win over Mexico

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team concluded the regular season May 16 with a win over Mexico.

After a scoreless first inning, Fulton jumped out to a 2-1 lead during the second inning. However, Mexico stormed ahead during the third inning. The Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Raiders by two runs to take a 5-4 lead.

Fulton took over from there. The Lady Raiders scored six unanswered runs during the fifth and sixth innings to come away with a 10-5 win.

Fulton’s regular season comes to an end with a 10-6 record, which qualifies them for the sectional playoffs.

The Lady Raiders will host New Hartford tomorrow night.

Mexico was led by Holly Reitmeier, Chelsea Roach and Brooke Wills, who all had a hit and an RBI.

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Phoenix baseball loses last two games of regular season

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix varsity baseball team lost back-to-back games to conclude the regular season.

Marcellus stormed past Phoenix May 15 to even the season series between the two teams. A day later, Westhill came away with a win over the Firebirds.

Phoenix finishes the regular season with a record of 8-8, which qualifies the team for the sectional playoffs.

The Firebirds took on Canastota on Tuesday in an opening-round game.

Marcellus overcame an early deficit to rally past Phoenix. After a scoreless first inning, the Firebirds took a 2-0 lead during the top of the second inning.

Marcellus took control of the game from there. During the next two innings, Marcellus scored two runs to tie the game. Marcellus put the game out of reach during the fifth and sixth innings, scoring four runs to come away with a 6-2 win.

Leading the way for Phoenix was Bryce Plante, Justin Suttliffe and Adam Thoryk, who all had a hit.

On the mound, Emilio Tassone finished with five strikeouts while allowing six runs on 11 hits in six innings of play.

Westhill proved to be a little too much for the Firebirds May 16. Westhill got off to a decent start, jumping out to a 2-1 lead during the first inning.

After three scoreless innings, Westhill added to its lead. During the fifth and sixth innings, Westhill scored two more runs to take a 4-1 lead over Phoenix.

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Fulton baseball team tops Mexico in season finale

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team knocked off Mexico in its May 16th season finale.

Fulton got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 3-0 lead during the first inning.

After both teams scored two runs each during the second inning, the Red Raiders had a 5-2 lead.

Mexico cut into the lead during the third inning. The Tigers outscored Fulton by a run to cut the lead to 6-4.

After a scoreless fourth inning, both teams scored four runs during the fifth inning as the Red Raiders maintained a two-run lead.

Fulton put the game out of reach during the sixth inning. The Red Raiders scored nine runs to take an 11-run lead at 19-8.

Despite trailing, Mexico battled until the end. The Tigers scored a run during bottom of the seventh inning to cut the Red Raiders’ lead down to 10 runs.

The lead the Tigers faced proved to be too much to overcome as Fulton rolled to a 19-9 win.

Leading the way for Mexico was Pat Twiss, who had three hits and two RBIs.

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Port City Roller Derby juniors team to debut May 25

Port City Roller Derby’s Lagoon Squad, composed of skaters ages 10 to 17, recently gathered for a team photo celebrating this new junior derby team. They make their public debut in a bout against Black Mamba Junior Derby at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.
Port City Roller Derby’s Lagoon Squad, composed of skaters ages 10 to 17, recently gathered for a team photo celebrating this new junior derby team. They make their public debut in a bout against Black Mamba Junior Derby at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.

Roller derby history will take the track when Oswego County’s first junior derby league, Port City Roller Derby’s Lagoon Squad, debuts May 25 in Crisafulli Rink.

Formed last winter, the league for skaters ages 10 to 17 will play Black Mamba Junior Derby from Syracuse.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. whistle for the juniors bout. Port City Roller Derby’s Breakwall Bombshells will host the Roc City Roller Derby B-Sides in a bout starting around 7:45.

“Roller derby is a judgment-free zone and the people on the team are more accepting than some of the school sports I have tried out for,” said 14-year-old Chloe Koegel, who goes by the nickname Space Case on the track. “Joining roller derby has boosted my self-esteem and my self-confidence. In roller derby it doesn’t matter if you’re tall, short, small or big, everyone accepts you for you.”

Cassie Ashby, also known as Ash B. Rotten, praised the sisterhood on the team.

“They count on me to help and I count on them to help when it’s needed,” she said. “Roller derby is my new life! I have made friends that I never really expected to be with.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door. Advance tickets are available online at portcityrollerderby.org. Attendees interested in trackside seating are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

A portion of the proceeds will support the H. Lee White Marine Museum.

Fulton softball team wins three of last four games

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team has won three out of its last four games.

Fulton came away with a hard fought win over Cortland May 9. The Lady Raiders earned one of its more impressive wins of the season when they took on Jamesville-DeWitt the following day. Fulton came through during the fourth and fifth innings to escape with the win.

The Lady Raiders kept it going when they took on Homer May 13. Fulton scored five runs during the final 3 and 1/2 innings to pull away from Homer.

Unfortunately for the Lady Raiders, East Syracuse-Minoa stormed ahead late in the game to come away with the win.

Fulton got off to a decent start when it took on Cortland, jumping out to a 1-0 lead during the first inning.

After a scoreless second inning, Cortland tied the game. The game remained tied after both teams scored two runs each during the fourth inning.

The Lady Raiders pulled ahead during the fifth inning. They outscored Cortland by a run to come away with a 5-4 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Courtney Parker, who had two hits and an RBI. Anna Guernsey finished with a hit and two RBIs while Maureen McCann and Cheyenne Laun each added a hit.

Laun earned the win on the mound for Fulton. Laun finished with six strikeouts while allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings of action.

In relief of Laun, MiKayla Guernsey allowed only a hit in two innings of play.

The Lady Raiders built off their win against Cortland by upsetting Jamesville-DeWitt.

After two scoreless innings, Jamesville-DeWitt struck first, taking a 2-0 lead during the top of the third inning.

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Fulton Tennis Lesson League deadline is June 18

The Fulton Tennis Lesson League is now open for registration.

Participants will be taught how to play tennis and then given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in a match situation.

Tennis strokes and strategies will be taught and then players of similar abilities will be matched up for supervised match play.

Participants can register for one, two or three sessions. But classes will need at least six players to hold a session.

Session 1 for ages 13 and under will be 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., ages 18 and under will be 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., and adult beginners will be 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Lessons will run for Session 1 June 25, June 27, July 2 and (rain date) July 3.

Session 2 Lessons will run July 9, 11, 16, and (rain date) July 18.

Session 3 dates are July 23, 25, 30 and August 1(rain date)

Those interested may request registration forms by e-mailing jcavalier@cityoffulton.com (write tennis registration in subject line) or call Joann Cavalier at the City of Fulton Department of Parks & Recreation at 598-3593.

Registrations may also be picked up at the Municipal Building, 141 South 1st Street, Fulton, at the City Clerk’s Office; or by calling Matt Goodnough at 342-9238 or 593-5406 or e-mail at mgoodnough@twcny.rr.com.

Forms should be returned in person or by mail to the same address to Joann Cavalier, Parks & Recreation Office.

Goodnough is the boys and girls varsity tennis coach at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton. He is the Class A Tournament director for the boys Section III Tournament.

He has been coaching varsity tennis and running community tennis camps, leagues and tournaments for over 16 years.

Fulton baseball team loses three of last four games

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity baseball team went lost three of its last four games.

Christian Brothers Academy pulled away for an impressive win over Fulton May 7 while Cortland got off to a solid start en route to a double digit run win May 9.

Fulton fought back with an impressive performance against Homer May 13. The Red Raiders scored all five of their runs during the sixth inning to come away with its second win of the season.

Unfortunately for the Red Raiders, they were unable to build off of the momentum they gained during their previous game when they took on East Syracuse-Minoa May 14.

East Syracuse-Minoa scored nine runs during the game’s first two innings to set the tone for a win over the Red Raiders.

Christian Brothers Academy got off to a decent start when it took on Fulton.

After the first inning, Christian Brothers Academy jumped out to a 4-0 lead. After a scoreless second inning, Christian Brothers Academy scored a run in each of the following three innings to expand its lead to 7-0.

Following a scoreless sixth inning, Christian Brothers Academy put the game out of reach during the seventh inning. It scored 12 more runs to cap off a 19-0 win over Fulton.

Leading the way for the Red Raiders were Cody Green, Peter Ravesi, Adam Briggs and Jeremy Langdon, who all had hits in the game.

On the mound, Jake Crucitti got the start for Fulton. Crucitti had two strikeouts while allowing seven runs and five hits. In relief of Crucitti, Ron Smith had one strikeout while allowing 12 runs on 10 hits.

It didn’t get any easier when the Red Raiders took on Cortland. Cortland scored 11 unanswered runs during the first 3 innings of the game. However, Fulton battled back during the following 3 innings. They outscored Cortland by five runs to cut their lead to 13-7.

Cortland delivered a crucial blow during the sixth inning. Cortland erupted for six runs to wrap up a 19-7 win over Fulton.

The Red Raiders were led by Jon Cummins, who had two hits and three RBIs, including a home run. Cody Dick finished with two hits and two RBIs. Briggs, Chris Jones and Daniel Coant added two hits each.

Crucitti, Smith and Michael Bolster chipped in a hit each for Fulton.

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Castiglia leads all 30 laps for SBS main event win

After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night. Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.
After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night. Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.

After battling engine issues for several weeks, Four Sevens Motorsports driver Mark Castiglia returned to Oswego Speedway’s victory lane for the third time in his career Saturday night.

Castiglia started from the pole position, leading all 30 laps on his way to victory over Jason Simmons, Cameron Rowe, Mike Bond, and Russ Brown.

“We had a tough start to the year with some motor issues, but we got it solved tonight,” said Castiglia. “It is really tough competition out there this year, so you have to take what you can get. I really need to thank Denise Merrill for giving me the opportunity to drive her racecar, and I also need to thank Dan Dennie, I wouldn’t be here without him. My crew chief Steve Reynolds does a great job and Kevin Enders builds an awesome motor.”

Defending Speedway champion Kreig Heroth finished the night in the sixth position ahead of Andrew Schartner, Jack Patrick, Tim Gareau and Jon Tesoriero in the top ten positions.

Castiglia and Mike Bruce brought the 25-car Pathfinder Bank SBS Series field down to the Cam’s NY Pizzeria green flag, with Castiglia out running Bruce to the head of the pack early on.

Simmons, still knocking on the door of his first career Oswego Speedway win, started fourth and before long found himself directly on the back bumper of Bruce in a battle for second.

As Castiglia, Bruce, and Simmons began to try and distance themselves from the rest of the field, the race’s first caution would wave at lap 4.

Rookies Zach Amo, Dan Abt, and Greg O’Connor would all tangle in the third turn, slowing the field.  All three would continue on.

At the restart, Castiglia led Bruce, Simmons, Gareau, Rowe, Bond, Patrick, Heroth, Schartner, and Tesoriero.

As the green lights came back on the front three would again check away from the field with Simmons applying heavy pressure to Bruce for the runner-up spot.

Several times Simmons would look low in the D&S Landscaping No. 98 in turn three, but Bruce would hold his own in the Woodchuck Saloon No. 22.

While a great battle was being waged up front, another torrid battle was taking place from fourth on back between Gareau, Rowe, Bond, Heroth, Patrick, and Schartner.

Brown was also in the mix up until a near catastrophe in the third turn, which saw several cars scatter including JJ Andrews and AJ Bernys. Each car would continue on without slowing the field, dropping them a great distance behind the lead pack.

As the lap counter wound down Castiglia, Bruce, and Simmons had pulled to a full straightaway lead on the rest of the field by lap 20, but on lap 22 that lead would be erased.

Andrews and Dalton Doyle would touch going into turn one collecting Doyle and Josh Kerr to illuminate the yellow lights.  Andrews and Kerr would continue in the event, while for the second week in a row, Doyle’s night would end in the first turn.

With only eight laps remaining, Castiglia still held the point over Bruce, Simmons, Rowe, Bond, Heroth, Schartner, Gareau, Brown, and Patrick.

When the green flag flew yet again, Simmons was finally able to make the third turn low side move stick on Bruce, driving the No. 98 into the runner-up spot with his sights now set on Castiglia for the race lead.

Further back Brown was also on the charge. After losing considerable ground in the third turn scrum early on, Brown slid past Heroth to move into the top five, now directly on the back bumper of championship rival Bond in the No. 74.

Brown, Bond, and Rowe would battle intensely over the final laps in search of a podium finish.

Bruce, who had a tremendous run through the majority of the event in the No. 22, would pull to the pits on lap 28 with rear suspension issues.

With Bruce out of the running that left Castiglia and Simmons to battle for the lead over the final circuits, but again it was Castiglia edging Simmons for the 30-lap victory.

With another runner-up finish under his belt, Simmons continues to search for win number one at Oswego after claiming the Nice Price Auto Sales ‘Up & Comer’ award.

“Yeah, this is tough,” said Simmons. “We blew a motor last week and had to put the Chevy in it, but the car was really pretty good, just a little off for the feature. We were really good on restarts, but after a few laps when the tires would get some heat, it started to get greasy on me.

“I could get into the corner good on Mark (Castiglia), but I just could not get off the corner as good as those guys.”

Oswego Speedway returns to racing Saturday, May 25 with the Helena Chemical Company Memorial Weekend “Triple-Header” featuring the Jim Shampine Memorial 75 for Supermodifieds, the Richie Evans Memorial 75 for the RoC Modifieds, and the Tony White Memorial Pathfinder Bank SBS 35.