Lyndonville ‘9’ scores narrow win to three-peat as G-R Division II champs

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 May 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Zach Johnson dives back to first base as Jake Mandel takes the throw for Oakfield-Alabama. The action took place during the Tigers title clinching win over the visiting Hornets this afternoon.

Two first inning runs proved to be just enough offense as Lyndonville edged past visiting Oakfield-Alabama 2-1 this afternoon to capture the Genesee Region League Division II baseball championship for the third year in a row.

An RBI single by Michael Wells and a run producing fielders choice play off the bat of Dawson Joy in the opening frame ended up providing the margin of victory for the Tigers. A walk and a hit batter set up the threat.

Oakfield-Alabama cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second inning on a two out single by Allen Chatt.

However, Lyndonville pitcher Jacob Hoffee and his Tiger defensive mates shut the Hornets out the rest of the way. Hoffee scattered 5 hits and struck out 4. His final strikeout proved to be the biggest as it ended the sixth inning and left a Hornets runner stranded at third base.

Wells at shortstop, Eric Neace at first, and Nolan Donald in centerfield all turned in key defensive plays for the Tigers.

Lyndonville shortstop Michael Wells tries to turn a double play after getting the Hornets Reice Woodward out at second.

Lyndonville did get the bases loaded with just one out in the second inning on two walks and a single by Zach Johnson but a double play quickly wiped out what proved to be the Tigers only other good scoring threat.

Oakfield-Alabama pitcher Jordan D’Alba allowed only 2 hits, struck out 9 and retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced.

Mitchell Hale had 3 hits on the day for the Hornets.

Lyndonville finishes the regular season at 8-2 in the league and 14-4 overall.

“The boys worked hard all season and got rewarded for their work,” said Tigers Coach Shane Price.

Attica 2, Holley/Kendall 1
Attica nipped G-R Division I champion Holley/Kendall 2-1 as the Blue Devils scored once in the second inning and once in the fourth.

Sammy Lammes singled and scored the lone run for Holley/Kendall.