Lyndonville claims Class D1 diamond crown

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 May 2017 at 10:14 pm

Contributed Photo – Lyndonville players and coaches celebrate capturing the Section V Class D1 championship this evening with a 6-2 win over Fillmore at Houghton College.

Second seeded Lyndonville downed top seeded Fillmore 6-2 to capture the Section V Class D1 baseball championship this evening at Houghton College.

The sectional title is the 11th overall for Lyndonville and the first since 2013 when the Tigers ironically nipped Fillmore 1-0 for the championship.

Now at 17-2, Lyndonville will next face the Class D2 champion Lima Christian, an 8-4 victor over Arkport, on Tuesday for the overall Section V Class D title and a berth in the state playoffs.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Mike Wells helped to hurl and hit Lyndonville to the Section V Class D1 championship this evening.

“The boys really showed their wherewithall,” said Tigers Coach Shane Price. “I’m really happy for our seniors. They’ve won the league the last three years and now they’ve won a sectional title. It wouldn’t have been complete for them without a sectional title.”

Lyndonville rallied into the lead for good  at 2-1 by scoring twice in the fourth on a triple by Mike Wells and a single by Zach Johnson. A single by Eric Neace set up the opportunity.

Fillmore briefly tied the game at 2-2 in the home half of the fourth but Lyndonville quickly regained the lead for good in the fifth at 4-2 on a lead-off single by Corey Hydock followed by an RBI single by Neace, a single by Wells and an RBI fielders choice play off the bat of Dawson Joy.

The Tigers made it 5-2 in the sixth on an RBI triple by Jacob Hoffee.

Keeping the momentum, Lyndonville hurler Mike Wells shut Fillmore down in the bottom of the sixth registering 2 strikeouts.

The Tigers added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on a single by Hoffee to make it 6-2.

Wells then slammed the door blanking Fillmore in the home half of the seventh notching a strikeout to end the game. He scattered 5 hits and struck out 6 on the evening.