Albion rallies past Lyndonville 2-1 to capture Tri County League playoff championship
In a pitchers duel, Albion pushed across a pair of runs in the late innings to edge past visiting Lyndonville 2-1 this evening in the Tri County Babe Ruth League playoff championship game.
Trailing 1-0, Albion tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a fielders choice play off the bat of Bailey Blanchard. A leadoff double by Austin Aman and a one out bunt single by Ryan Krenning set up the opportunity.
Albion, which earlier in the game had stranded a runner at third base in the first, second and fourth innings, then plated the game winner in the sixth frame on a two out RBI single by Aman.
Lyndonville did get runners to second and third in the top of the seventh inning after a single by Roman Heinsler, a fielders chocie play, a walk and a couple of stolen bases but could not capitalize.
Albion hurler Thomas Furmanski got out of that jam by registering two clutch game ending strikeouts.
On the night, Furmanski allowed only 1 hit struck out 14 and allowed 6 walks. He notched at least 2 strikeouts in every inning but the second.
Lyndonville hurler Rolland Balcerzak likewise had a strong evening giving up only 4 hits with 11 strikeouts and 5 walks. He registered a clutch strikeout to get out of further trouble in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Lyndonville’s lone run came in the top of the first inning on walk and a two out, two base error.
Albion, which entered the playoffs as the top seed after posting a league best 8-1 regular season record, advanced to the title game by defeating Alexander 13-4 in the semifinals while Lyndonville downed Akron Black 10-2.