The Cooperstown American Legion baseball team completewhat head coach Ed Dubben called a successful season by defeating Herkimer, 5-2, last Thursday at Doubleday Field.
Cooperstown finished with an 11-8 record overall. The team was comprised of players from Milford, Cherry-Valley-Springfield and Cooperstown. Greg Brodersen, who will be a junior at CCS this fall, led the team in hitting with a .417 batting average. CV-S graduate Adam Halay, who pitches for the Cazenovia baseball team, was the team’s leading pitcher, compiling a 5-2 overall record. Halay pitched a three-hit complete game in the finale against Herkimer.
He only allowed three balls out of the infield, and retired 17 batters on ground balls to the infield, according to Dubben.
Another CV-S graduate, David Adams, had 10 of the 17 putouts in the infield.
``We played great defense in that game,’’ Dubben said.
Cooperstown climbed over the .500 mark by winning two of three games the previous week.
After losing to Herkimer, 3-2, the team defeated West Winfield, 12-2, and Sidney, 17-6.
``Against Herkimer the first time we had runners on second and third in almost every inning but couldn’t get the big hit,’’ said Dubben. ``But our bats woke up in the next two games and everyone contributed.’’ CCS’s Jarrett Hotaling had a tworun home run against Sidney, and Ryan Skalenka was 5-for-5 in the two wins.
Skalenka is the lone player from Worcester Central School. Adams and Halay picked up the pitching wins against West Winfield and Sidney, respectively.
Dubben thanked his coaching staff, which included Frank Halay and Ken Hotaling, for their help during the season, and the Cooperstown American Legion for their support.
``We had 18 players on the roster and probably averaged 13 players at every game,’’ Dubben said.
``Our coaching philosophy was to play everyone. I think that helped players commit to the team when they knew if they showed up they would play. I think that will also help us attract players in the years to come.’’
Cooperstown lost the County title to Oneonta, but defeated all other teams on its schedule at least once