Lakemen post key win over Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 April 2017 at 9:05 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Bryce Pritchard slides into second base ahead of the ball as Brayden Skobjak covers for Wilson. The action took place during the host Purple Eagles loss to the Lakemen this afternoon.

Staying perfect at 5-0, Wilson posted a 5-2 victory over host Albion (4-2) this afternoon in a key Niagara-Orleans League baseball game.

In the other N-O contests, defending champion Roy-Hart (3-0) defeated Akron (1-3) 10-3 and Barker (2-4) downed Newfane (0-4) 9-4.

Wilson took the lead for good by scoring two quick runs in the first inning on an RBI single by winning pitcher John Bender and a bases loaded walk.

The Lakemen later upped the lead to 5-0 by scoring three times in the fifth frame without the benefit of a hit on 3 walks, a hit batter, a fielders choice pal and a wild pitch.

Albion scored once in the fifth on a hit by Isaiah Callicutt and once in the seventh on a single by Liam Ward. However, the Purple Eagles left the bases loaded in the fifth and stranded two runners in both the fourth and seventh frames.

Bender went the distance on the mound scattering 5 hits and striking out 13. He notched clutch strikeouts to get out of jams in both the fourth and seventh innings and caught a pop out for the final out in the fifth.

Roy-Hart 10, Akron 3
Austin Walker and Eric Fitch both had 3 hits and Charlie Bruning and Nick Kubas 2 each to lead the offense for Roy-Hart.

Walker had an RBI triple in the third inning and a two-run triple in the sixth while Kubas had a pair of doubles including a two-run shot which keyed a four-run first inning.

Cam Meadows picked up the win on the mound allowing 5 hits and striking out 9.

Barker 9, Newfane 4
Collin Webb hurled a 4 hitter with 6 strikeouts to pace Barker past Newfane.

Barker scored three times in the third as Dan Engert had a two-run single and Webb an RBI single..

Austin Sullivan and Kyle MacDonald both had a pair of hits for the Raiders.  MacDonald’s hits included a double.