Akron trims Medina 2-1 in 8 innings to clinch at least a tie for the N-O diamond title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 May 2023 at 7:31 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Akron catcher Anthony Consiglio gets the force out at home before Medina’s Aiden Pitts can score. The action took place during the Tigers eight inning title clinching win over the Mustangs this afternoon at Vets Park.

Clinching at least a tie for the title, Akron nipped Medina 2-1 in 8 innings in a key late season Niagara-Orleans League baseball game at Vets Park this afternoon.

Akron, which last captured the N-O crown in 1975, improves to 9-1 as runner-up Medina slips to 7-3 and two games off the pace with just two to play.

Akron scored the game winner in the top of the eighth on a two out bases loaded walk. An error, a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases to set up the threat.

Medina did get a runner aboard with one out in the bottom of the seventh but Akron pitcher Andrew Romesser turned a grounder back to the mound into a game ending double play.

Romesser went the distance on the mound scattering 6 hits and striking out 4.

Akron’s other run came in the first inning as Rosesser led off with a single and came home on a double by Vince Consiglio.

The Tigers managed just one more hit the rest of the way against Medina hurler Aidan Paul who struck out 13 in seven and two-thirds innings of work on the mound.

Medina, which left runners at first and third in the second inning and the bases loaded in the fourth, finally tied the game at 1-1 on an RBI single by Julian Woodworth with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

However, Romesser got out of further trouble in the frame as he retired the next two batters on two groundouts. Earlier, he got out of both the second and fourth inning jams with a clutch strikeout.

The Medina defense triggered two double plays, the first started by shortstop Aiden Pitts in the fifth inning and the second by centerfielder Woodworth in the eighth.

Akron will finish the N-O season with a home and home series against Albion on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Medina will likewise close with a home and home series against Newfane on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Medina’s Carter Woodworth tags out Akron’s Ryan Owen at third base.

Wilson 9, Albion 4
Trailing 3-1, Wilson erupted for 7 runs in the fifth inning to key a 9-4 N-O win at Albion.

Ryan Hough had a two-run double and Matthew Stoltzenberg and RBI single to highlight that uprising for the Lakemen.

Tyler Johnston picked up the win on the mound allowing 5 hits and striking out 11.

Amari Jones had 3 hits for Albion.

Wilson and Albion are now both 4-6 in N-O action.

Roy-Hart 3, Oakfield-Alabama 0
Roy-Hart blanked Oakfield-Alabama 3-0 in a non league game as Thomas Russo hurled a 4 hitter with 14 strikeouts.

Brayden Hy had an RBI double in the third inning, Sean Metter an RBI single in the fourth and Ethan Kuzma an RBI single in the fifth to account for the Rams scoring.

Gaining a split on the day, Oakfield-Alabama also downed Kendall 8-2 in a Genesee Region League game.

In another G-R contest, Attica defeated Lyndonville 8-2.

Colton Smith had an RBI single for Lyndonville in the second inning to tie the score at 1-1 but Attica regained the lead for good by scoring 4 runs in the third.

Livonia 17 Newfane 9
Konner Courtemanche had a home run, Brayden Seitz a triple and Josh Snyder and Ben Dickenson doubles for Newfane in a 17-9 non league loss to Livonia.