Medina nips Akron to clinch tie for N-O baseball championship
Ending a 20 year title drought, Medina edged past Akron 3-2 at Vets Park this evening to clinch at least a tie for the Niagara-Orleans League baseball championship.
Snapping a 2-2 deadlock, Medina scored the game winner in the bottom of the sixth inning on a clutch two-out, RBI single by Justin Morgan. A walk and an error set up the tally.
Medina pitcher Jason Hellwig then quickly closed out the Mustangs first title clinching victory since 1995 by retiring Akron in order in the top of the seventh on a flyout to Lawson Fenton in left field, a strikeout and a line out to Tyler Ames at shortstop. Hellwig allowed only 5 hits and struck out 7 on the night.
"It’s a real special moment," said Medina Coach Eric Hellwig. "We’ve got just a great group of guys who have been together since they were eight years old. We worked them hard but they stuck with it and they responded. I couldn’t be prouder of them."
Earlier, Medina scored once in the third on an RBI single by Kyle Herman and once in the fifth on a single by Shane Freeman and a fielders choice play off the bat of Josh Scroger.
Akron tallied once in the second on a single by Connor Riggs and later briefly tied the contest at 2-2 with a run in the sixth on a fielders choice play following a single by Steve Borowczyk.
However, Medina answered right back with the game and title clinching run in the home half of the sixth on Morgan’s second hit of the night.
Medina is now 10-2 in N-O action and Akron 5-7.