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Hawks edge past Tigers in 7th

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville catcher Corey Hydock tries to tag out Sam Lammes of Holley/Kendall during the host Tigers loss to the Hawks this afternoon.

Holley/Kendall pushed across a pair of runs without the benefit of a hit in the top of the seventh inning to nip host Lyndonville 7-5 this afternoon in a Genesee Region League game.

Breaking away from a 5-5 deadlock, the Hawks scored the decisive two runs on a balk and a wild pitch. A hit batter, a walk and a sacrifice bunt by Justin Parker put runners at second and third to set up the opportunity.

Dylan Hillabush picked up the win on the mound in relief for the Hawks allowing only 1 hit with 7 strikeouts over the final four innings.

Dylan Hillabush delivers a pitch for the Hawks.

Holley/Kendall jumped out to an early 4-0 lead by scoring once in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Hillabush and three times in the second on an RBI single by Collin Papaj and a two-run home run by Nick Passarell.

Lyndonville though got right back in the game by answering back with three runs in the home half of the second on an error, a fielders choice play off the bat of Nolan Donald and a single by Jacob Hoffee.

The Hawks made it 5-3 with an unearned run in the top of the third but again the Tigers answered right back, this time with two runs in the bottom of the frame to knot the contest at 5-5. An error and a single by Cory Hydock plated those runs as hits by Mike Wells, Dawson Joy and Eddie Schildt set up the threat.

Holley/Kendall’s Nick Passarell gets congratulations from his teammates after belting a home run.

However, the Tigers could not score again as Hillabush took over on the mound and threw shutout ball the rest of the way.

The Tigers did get two runners aboard with two out in the fifth on a pair of walks but could not capitalize as Hillabush registered a clutch inning ending strikeout. He then retired the Tigers in order in the final two frames.

Holley/Kendall is now 4-2 in the league and 7-4 overall while Lyndonville is 3-2 and 7-3.

Lyndonville’s Eddie Schildt dives safely back into first base as Holley/Kendall’s Zach Vaccarelli waits for the ball.