Diamond Tigers face rebuilding task

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 March 2018 at 9:06 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – This veteran duo of Zach Johnson and Kane Flynn will anchor the lineup for the Lyndonville baseball squad this season.

Having lost seven starters to graduation, Lyndonville faces a rebuilding job this season as the Tigers prep to defend their Genesee Region League Division II and Section V Class D1 championships.

Two returning starters, Zach Johnson (pitcher/outfield/first base) and Kane Flynn (infield/pitcher/catcher), both juniors, anchor Lyndonville’s underclassmen dominated lineup. Johnson earned G-R All-Star honors last year.

The Tigers roster also includes seniors Brody Brown (infield/outfield), Cullen Heveron (pitcher/infield/outfield) and Luke Isaacson (outfield); juniors Bryce Seddon (infield/pitcher), Chase Stinson (oufield/infield) and Noah Heinsler (utility); sophomores Oscar Heinsler (infield/pitcher) and Nathan Neace (outfield) along with freshmen Nathan Dillenbeck (infield/pitcher/catcher) and Rolland Balcerzak (catcher/pitcher).

“We’re young but it’s an exciting group of kids to work with as there is a lot of good young talent,” said Coach Shane Price. “It will be a fun year to see how they grow.”

The Tigers graduation losses included G-R All-Stars Jacob Hoffee (pitcher/shortstop), Mike Wells (pitcher/shortstop) and Eric Neace (first base) along with Corey Hydock (catcher), Cody Bentley (second base), Nolan Donald (centerfield) and Dawson Joy (third base/DH).

The Tigers are slated to visit Roy-Hart on April 5 in the non league opener and begin G-R competition at Notre Dame on April 10.

April: 5 – at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.; 7 – Barker, 1 p.m.; 10 – at Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.; 12 – at CG Finney, 4:30 p.m.; 13 – Kendall, 4:30 p.m.; 16 – at Lima Christian, 4:45 p.m.; 17 – at Wheatland-Chili, 4:30 p.m.; 20 – Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 4:30 p.m.; 23 – Alexander, 4:30 p.m.; 24 – at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.; 26 – Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.; 30 – at Holley, 4:30 p.m.
May: 1 – Attica, 4:30 p.m.; 4 – Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.; 7 – at Kendall, 4:30 p.m.; 8 – Albion, 4:30 p.m.; 10 – CG Finney, 4:30 p.m.; 11 – Wheatland-Chili, 4:30 p.m.; 14 – at Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 4:30 p.m.; 15 – Northstar, 4:30 p.m.