Eyewitness Sports at 11:00 p.m. – July 24, 2019


3 LEGION STATE TOURNAMENTS ARE HERE…GOOD EVENING, I’M DAVID EDELSTEIN…THE JUNIOR TOURNAMENT BEGINS TOMORROW AND THE SENIOR TOURNAMENT BEGINS SATURDAY…ALL GAMES ARE AT MURNANE FIELD…ACCORDING TO DISTRICT FIVE CHAIRMAN MIKE MACCHIONNE, THIS IS THE FINAL YEAR THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE PLAYED RIGHT HERE IN UTICA… SMITH WON THE DISTRICT FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP LAST NIGHT TO PUNCH ITS TICKET TO THE STATE PLAYOFFS…IT PLAYS IN THE FIVE P-M GAME AGAINST THE DISTRICT SEVEN CHAMPION ON SATURDAY…ADREAN ALSO QUALIFIES OUT OF DISTRICT FIVE EVEN THOUGH IT LOST IN THE DISTRICT TOURNAMENT…THAT’S BECAUSE ADREAN IS THE HOST TEAM FOR THE STATE TOURNAMENT…THE STATE TOURNAMENT IS A DOUBLE ELIMINATION BRACKET… 3 MEANWHILE, THE JUNIOR TOURNAMENT BEGINS TOMORROW, ALSO AT MURNANE FIELD… CLINTON COUNTY AND ROCKLAND PLAY THE FIRST GAME AT FOUR P- M…THEN COXSACKIE AND ENDICOTT PLAY THE SECOND GAME OF THE JUNIOR STATE PLAYOFFS AT SEVEN P-M…UTICA IS THE HOST TEAM AND PLAYS ON FRIDAY…AS DOES DISTRICT FIVE JUNIOR CHAMPION WHITESTOWN… 3 ((DAVID))THE UTICA BLUE SOX PLAYED A DOUBLE HEADER TODAY AGAINST THE GENEVA RED WINGS… THE FIRST-PLACE UTICA TEAM ENTERED THE DAY WITH A THREE AND A HALF GAME LEAD OVER SECOND-PLACE GENEVA IN THE WEST DIVISION…IN GAME ONE, GENEVA CAME OUT AND GRABBED AN EARLY 2-1 LEAD…IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH, UTICA TURNED ON IT’S BATS AND SCORED THREE TO JUMP AHEAD 4- 2…LET’S JUMP IN THERE WITH SOME HAPPY FANS PART OF A LARGE CROWD THERE TONIGHT… TOP OF THE EIGHTH, BRADLEY TUTTLE PITCHING FOR UTICA, DANIEL SPERLING HITS A GROUNDER TO SECOND, TO THE SHORT STOP, ACROSS THE DIAMOND, IN TIME AT FIRST FOR THE DOUBLE PLAY…A FEW BATTERS LATER, RUNNERS AT THE CORNERS, ALEX BIBB PUTS THIS ONE IN THE AIR, LANDS IN THE OUTFIELD, SPERLING SCORES, IT’S NOW 4-3 BLUE SOX LEAD… SO HEAD COACH DOUG DELETT COMES OUT FOR A TALK, A PAT ON THE SHOULDER, A HANDSHAKE AND A FIST BUMP, TUTTLE’S NIGHT IS DONE…RAY PACELLA ON THE MOUND TRYING TO MAKE THE FOUR OUT SAVE…FIRST BATTER HE FACES, NOAH FISHER, STRIKEOUT SWINGING, WALK OFF THE FIELD, JOB WELL DONE…NOW THE TOP OF THE NINTH, UTICA STILL WITH A ONE-RUN LEAD…PACELLA, STRIKE 3 HIM OUT…PACELLA, STRIKE HIM OUT…FLY HIM OUT… 3 GROUND HIM 3 OUT…THE BLUE SOX COME BACK TO WIN 4-3…UTICA INCREASES ITS DIVISION LEAD TO FOUR AND A HALF GAMES OVER GENEVA…AND THE BLUE SOX CUT THEIR MAGIC NUMBER DOWN TO FOUR… 3 GAME ONE WAS NINE INNINGS LONG…GAME TWO JUST ENDED ABOUT HALF AN HOUR AGO…IT WAS SEVEN INNINGS LONG…THE BLUE SOX DROPPED GAME TWO 3-2…UTICA HAD A 2-1 LEAD BUT FELL BEHIND TOWARD THE SIXTH INNING…THE BLUE SOX HAD A RUNNER ON SECOND IN THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH WHO THEM STOLE THIRD BASE… BUT UTICA WAS NOT ABLE TO BRING HIM HOME TO TIE THE GAME…SO UTICA SECURES HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IN GAME ONE OF THE PLAYOFFS…THE BLUE SOX WILL PLAY EITHER THE THREE OR FOUR SEED, DEPENDING ON FINAL STANDINGS…THAT GAME IS NEXT THURSDAY, AUGUST FIRST…BLUE SOX HEAD COACH DOUG DELETT AND THE PLAYERS SAY THAT IN THIS LAST WEEK OF THE REGULAR SEASON, THEIR MINDS START TURNING TOWARD THE CHAMPIONSHIP… 3 “Right now, I think it’s to rest some guys. making sure that our pitching staff stays fresh and we don’t overuse them too much. you get to the playoffs, and it’s a lot of stress pitching. We have to make sure our position players are rested. “”If you’re not playing or you have an off day or something, there are certain areas where you can have fun. but when youre on the fielod, you’re locked in.” “when you’re between the lines, it’s gae over. All focus.” 3 ((DAVID))THAT’S ALL FOR 3 SPORTS ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN…BE SURE TO CHECK OUT C-N-Y HOMEPAGE DOT COM AND CLICK ON LOCAL SPORTS FOR YOUR TOP SPORTS STORIES…ALSO FOLLOW AT C-N-Y SPORTS AND AT DAVIDZEDELSTEIN ON TWITTER… I’LL BE BACK TOMORROW NIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX AND ELEVEN ON WUTR…THERE’S MORE EYEWITNESS NEWS AFTER THE BREAK…STAY FRIENDLY AND STAY TUNED… 3 3 WUTR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN CONTINUES.

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