Early surge powers Akron ‘9’ past Albion

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 April 2019 at 7:41 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Liam Ward slides into third base as Akron’s Jack Klodzinski gets set to make the tag. The action took place during the host Tigers win over the Purple Eagles this afternoon.

Big scoring bursts in each of the first three innings keyed Akron to a 14-9 victory over visiting Albion this afternoon in a wind swept Niagara-Orleans League baseball game.

Albion did grab a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI double by Liam Ward.

However, Akron answered right back with three tallies in the home half of the frame highlighted by a two-run home run by David Kalinowski to take the lead for good.

Albion’s Isaiah Callicutt heads for third base after banging out his second triple of the day.

The Tigers then built their advantage to 13-4 by erupting for five runs in both the second and third innings.

Jacob Siska had a triple, Jacob Mazza a double and Brandon Orr a single in the second inning each of which drove in a run.

Winning pitcher Adam Mietz then banged out a three-run double to highlight the third inning uprising which was set up by three straight walks which loaded the bases.

Albion did battle back with five runs in the fifth inning on a two-run triple by Isaiah Callicutt, a two-run double by Addison Christ and an RBI single by Patrick Ricker but the Purple Eagles could get no closer than 14-9.

Callicutt had a big day at the plate as he also had a two-run triple in the third inning and a double which set up a run in the second frame.

Orr closed out the win for the Tigers by pitching shutout ball in the sixth and seventh innings as did Ricker for the Purple Eagles.

Akron is now 1-1 and Albion 1-2 in N-O action.

Albion’s Vincent Zona slides into second base as Akron’s Brandon Orr gets the ball.