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Sterling and Auburn, New York

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Looking to just get out of town for a day, Jill and I headed 'north'. Along the way, we decided to go to the Sterling Renaissance Festival, a kind of annual excursion for us. We left late morning, stopping on Front Street to grab a bagel for breakfast, then drove the rest of the way to Sterling.

At the Festival, we shared a turkey leg (much better this year than last), had some libations (Smitwick's and Labatt Blue Light on tap, can't beat it), and then had some dessert (apple cobbler and strawberry shortcake - yum!). We walked around and looked at the shops and other sights, and then decided to head out.

From Sterling, we made the trek down Route 38 to Auburn, intending to go to the Doubledays game that evening. We got there a bit early, so we went to the Finger Lakes Mall and wandered around a bit (or at least as much as we could - there really isn't much left there these days), and then across the street to a Dick's Sporting Goods before going to the ballpark.

Watched the game until our usual time/inning (the middle of the seventh), and then went into downtown Auburn where we grabed a late dinner at Parker's Grille & Tap House before making the drive back to Binghamton.

Auburn, NY - In a pitchers' duel at Falcon Park on Saturday night, the Batavia Muckdogs scored three late runs en route to a 4-2 defeat of the Auburn Doubledays.

On a beautiful night in Auburn, Doubledays starter Christian Meza tossed a gem, his best outing of the year. Meza went a season-high six innings, surrendering just three hits on one run. He was in line for his first win of the season when he left after six innings.

Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Auburn offense took the lead on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Angelberth Montilla and an RBI double to left field by Justin Miller. Unfortunately, the scoring stopped there as the Doubledays managed only two hits the rest of the night.

The Muckdogs evened the score in the seventh inning when a leadoff walk turned into a run on an Aaron Barrett wild pitch, tying the game at two. They went on to take the lead in the eighth running when Joey Bergman hit a sacrifice fly and David Medina singled into right, putting them up 4-2.

Batavia reliever Daniel Miranda pitched around a lead-off double by Matt Skole in the ninth, preserving a 4-2 win for the Muckdogs.

The Doubledays will try to end their skid tomorrow when they play in Batavia for game two of the three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05pm at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia, NY. Fans are invited to listen to the live broadcast at 89.1 FM in Auburn, NY or on the internet at

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Total Mileage: 240 Miles

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