Irish nip Tigers with last inning rally

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 April 2017 at 8:00 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonvllle second baseman Cody Bentley awaits the throw as Notre Dame’s Evan Bender slides in. Shortstop Jacob Hoffee backs up the play. The action took place during the Tigers loss to the Irish this afternoon at Dwyer Stadium.

Putting together a last ditch rally, Notre Dame edged past Lyndonville 2-1 this afternoon in a key early season Genesee Region League baseball game at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.

Trailing 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Irish capitalized on an infield error to score the tying and winning runs.  A leadoff single and a walk set up the threat.

Lyndonville outfielder Dawson Joy stretches out to make a running catch.

Lyndonville took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a bases loaded fielders choice play off the bat of Mike Wells. A single by Kane Flynn, a hit batter and a single by Eric Neace loaded the bases with one out but the Tigers managed just the one run off the opportunity.

The Tigers also had a good scoring opportunity in the fifth as Jacob Hoffee tripled with just one out but he was left stranded after a pop out and a ground out.

Lyndonville also got runners to second and third with two out in the top of the seventh after an error, a sacrifice bunt by Nolan Donald, an intentional walk to Hoffee and a wild pitch but couldn’t capitalize as a popout wiped out the threat.

Wells went the distance on the mound for the Tigers scattering 3 hits and striking out 4. He registered a clutch strikeout to get out of a first inning jam after Notre Dame got runners to second and third.

Lyndonville is now 1-1 in the league and Notre Dame 2-0.

The Tigers next host Lima Christian at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a non league game.