Albion, Roy-Hart win Midget ‘A’ semis
Avenging a pair of regular season losses No. 3 seed Albion upended No. 2 Lyndonville 11-3 at Lyndonville this evening in the semifinals of the Lockport Midget ‘A’ League playoffs.
In the other semi, top seeded Roy-Hart edged past No. 4 Lockport 5-4 in 8 innings at Gasport.
Roy-Hart will now host Albion in the first game of the best two out of three championship series at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Gasport.
Austin Loyd went the distance on the mound for Albion giving up 5 hits and striking out 9.
Dominic DiCureia had 4 hits, Loyd 3 and Aaron Burnside, Jason Downs and Andy Ashworth 2 each for Albion which lost to Lyndonville by scores of 5-4 and 12-0 during the regular season.
Albion took the lead for good by scoring 3 quick runs in the first inning on singles by Downs and DiCureia, a walk, an error and a double by Loyd.
The lead increased to 6-3 in the third inning on an RBI single by Ashworth and a two-run double by Downs. Loyd and Jared Fearby also both had singles to help key the uprising.
Lyndonville did cut the deficit to 6-3 by scoring 3 runs in the sixth on doubles by Chris Scroger and AJ Buckland and singles by Ty Hrovat, Michael Wells and Brandon Schoolcraft.
However, Albion answered right back with 5 runs in the top of the seventh to put a lock on the win. Loyd, Randy Ebalcker, Aaron Burnside and DiCureia all had hits to spark that rally.
Roy-Hart 5, Lockport 4
Roy-Hart pushed across a run in the bottom of the eight inning on a sacrifice by Al Xapsos to nip Lockport. Singles by Aaron Metz and Andy Jacobs and a walk loaded the bases to set up the threat.
Roy-Hart had tied the game at 4-4 by scoring once in the sixth on a single by Xapsos.
Metz, CJ Fitch, Jacobs and Eric Fitch each finished with 2 hits. Metz also picked up the win on the mound pitching the last three innings allowing no hits and striking out 5.
Roy-Hart also had a big three-run second inning as Austin Walker, Eric Fitch and Jacobs each drove in a run.
Lockport took a 4-3 lead by scoring three times in the fifth.