Lady Tigers to face familiar foe in sectional softball title contest Thursday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 May 2015 at 12:00 am

Lyndonville, Holley in baseball title doubleheader on Friday

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Jasmine Plummer and her Lady Tiger teammates will face Arkport for the Section V Class B1 title on Thursday at Batavia High.

Looking to avenge a loss in last year’s title contest, No. 3 seed Lyndonville will take on top seed Arkport in the Section V Class D1 softball championship game at 5 p.m. Thursday at Batavia High School.

Last year Arkport downed Lyndonville 9-2 in the finals.

Now at 15-4, Lyndonville advanced to the finals for the third year in a row by downing No. 10 Hammondsport 4-1 in the semifinals on Tuesday. Arkport downed No. 4 Elba in the other semi.

Lady Tigers hurler Maddy Boyle stopped Hammondsport on 3 hits and struck out 6. Aubrey Lewis, Lisa Boyce and Morgan Hungerford all had RBI hits.

Lyndonville captured the title in 2013 by edging past Romulus 6-5.

On Friday, the Lyndonville baseball squad will be hoping its recent string of capturing sectional diamond titles in odd numbered years holds up as the No. 2 seeded Tigers take on No. 4 Genesee Valley in the Class DD final at 5 p.m. Friday at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.

Lyndonville, which captured sectional titles in both 2011 and 2013, advanced to the finals by trimming No. 2 Arkport 3-1 in the semifinals on Tuesday. That victory avenged the Tigers 12-5 quarterfinal round loss to Arkport last year.

Snapping a 1-1 deadlock, Lyndonville scored twice in the sixth inning on a two-run double by winning pitcher Ty Hrovat to edge past Arkport.

The Tigers defeated Fillmore 1-0 for the DD title in 2013 and Notre Dame 7-4 in the 2011 final.

Lyndonville is now 15-5 on the season.

Genesee Valley advanced by upsetting top seeded Alfred-Almond 6-2 in the other semifinal.

Holley is also taking aim at claiming a sectional baseball title as the No. 2 Hawks face top seeded East Rochester in the Class CC title contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dwyer Stadium.

Holley, which lost in the semifinals last year, advanced to the title contest by edging Genesee Region League foe No. 3 seed Alexander 3-2 in the semis on Tuesday.

East Rochester downed No. 5 Avon 5-2 in the other semi.

Trailing 2-1, Holley rallied for a pair of runs with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-run single by Lucas Silvis to nip Alexander. A single by Josh Porter and a double by Joey DeFelice set up the threat for the Hawks which also downed Alexander twice during the G-R season by scores of 7-1 and 5-2.

Holley last reached the finals in 2011 dropping a narrow 5-4 decision to Wellsville.

Holley’s last sectional title came in 2009 when the Hawks downed Bishop Kearney 7-6.

The Hawks take a 17-4 record into the title contest.

In Section VI Class B1 playoff action, No. 4 seed Medina will host No. 8 Eden in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Thursday. Medina rallied late to nip No. 5 Tonawanda 7-6 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday while Eden upended top seeded City Honors 6-2.

Trailing 6-4, Medina rallied into the lead for good by scoring three times in the bottom of the sixth as a two-run triple by Brennan Zinkievich tied the game and an RBI single by Justin Morgan plated the game winner.

The Medina defense also came up with a huge double play from shortstop Jason Hellwig to Morgan at catcher to Kyle Herman at third to get out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth inning and keep the Mustangs within two at 6-4.

Medina, which last reached the sectional finals in 2005, is now 17-4 on the season.

The other Class B1 semifinal will have No. 7 Maryvale vs. No. 3 Springville. Maryvale upset No. 2 East Aurora 6-5 in 10 innings and Springville downed No. 6 Alden 9-2 in the quarterfinals.

In Section VI Class B2 softball action, top seeded Roy-Hart will face No. 3 Fredonia in the championship game on Thursday. The Niagara-Orleans League champion Lady Rams blanked No. 5 Falconer 7-0 in the semifinals as Taylor Fry hurled a 3 hitter with 4 strikeouts. At the plate, Kayla Brown gave the Lady Rams the lead for good with a two-run homer in the first inning.