Fast start keys Tigers to semifinal win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 May 2019 at 10:06 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Rolland Balcerzak hurled Lyndonville to a semifinal win over Cal-Mum this afternoon.

Erupting for six quick runs in the first inning, top seeded Lyndonville went on to defeat visiting No. 12 Caledonia-Mumford 9-4 this afternoon in the semifinals of the Section V Class C2 baseball semifinals.

Devin Rounds had a run producing double and winning pitcher Rolland Balcerzak and Matt Hess both banged out RBI singles to highlight the decisive opening frame for the Tigers. A fielders choice play off the bat of Noah Heinsler and an error plated the other runs.

The Tigers later added two runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Casey Winiecki and Nathan Dillenbeck, which followed a walk and a single by Hess, and one in the sixth on an RBI single by Balcerzak which followed hits by Zach Johnson and Oskar Heinsler.

On the mound, Balcerzak scattered 4  hits and struck out 4.

Cal-Mum’s runs all came in the sixth inning.

Now at 17-1, the Tigers will next compete in the Class C2 championship game on Saturday.

The top seeded Lyndonville softball team will face Keshequa for the Section V Class C3 championship at 5 p.m. Friday at Batavia High School.