Former Lyndonville hurler inducted into Section V Baseball Hall of Fame

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 June 2016 at 12:00 am

Ron Mapes is honored

Contributed Photos – The plaque honoring Lyndonville’s Rom Mapes who was inducted into the Section V Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

One of Lyndonville High’s all-time diamond greats, the late Ron Mapes, was inducted into the Section V Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday in ceremonies held at Frontier Field prior to a Rochester Red Wings game.

Mapes starred on the mound for four years (1952-1955) for Lyndonville during which time he compiled a 30-3 record while leading the Tigers to four Genesee Orleans League titles and two Section V championships.

Mapes’ mound record includes a Section V and state record 8 no hit, no run games, one of which was a perfect game. In pitching 227 innings over 33 compete games he struck out 441 of the 822 batters he faced. He registered 19 shutouts, 9 one hitter 9 two-hitters and 5 three-hitters.

Mapes was equally strong at the plate hitting .392 over his four years with 56 hits including 8 doubles, 9 triples and 2 home runs.

A closeup of the wording on Mapes’ induction plaque which now hangs in the Section V Wall of Fame at Frontier Field.

Following his high school career, Mapes was signed by the New York Yankees organization and played with the St. Petersburg Saints in the Florida State League.

“Ron Mapes is truly deserving of this honor based on his individual career achievements, contributions to his team and coach in their success at the League and Sectional levels, and his ability to play at a higher level- signing with the Yankee organization,” said former Lyndonville baseball Coach and Athletic Director John Hayes who nominated him for the honor. “On behalf of Lyndonville community, Ron’s teammates, especially Roger “Butch” Riemer, Jeff Smythe and Jack Donald, I am honored to highly recommend Ron Mapes for induction in the Section V Baseball Hall of Fame – an honor for which his coach Arnie Hartsen (deceased) would be extremely proud.”