Mustangs and Rams set to renew their sectional title rivalry in the B2 final Saturday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 May 2022 at 8:55 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Thomas Russo takes the throw as Medina’s Xander Payne dives back to second base during a regular season meeting between the Rams and Mustangs which will meet for the Section VI Class B2 title Saturday.

For Medina and Roy-Hart meeting in a Section VI baseball playoff title game is becoming part of the annual schedule.

In fact, the teams will be meeting in a postseason title contest for the fourth straight time when the Mustangs and Rams meet in the Section VI Class B2 championship game at 12 p.m. Saturday at Grand Island.

Saturday’s meeting will be an instant replay of last spring’s B2 championship game which saw Medina blank Roy-Hart 7-0 at Vets Park. Due to Covid 19 restrictions that was as far as the postseason playoffs went. Covid restrictions also wiped out the entire 2020 spring season.

The Mustangs also bested the Rams in the 2019 Section VI Class B state qualifier game 15-4. The Mustangs won the Class B1 title that season and the Rams captured the Class B2 crown. Medina went on to reach the state semifinals.

Roy-Hart edged Medina 4-2 in the Class B2 title contest in 2018 and the Rams went on to reach the state semifinals. The Rams also captured their third straight N-O championship that season.

This season Medina and Roy-Hart split a pair of league meetings to finish as Niagara-Orleans League co-champions at 10-2. The Mustangs had edged out the Rams for the N-O title in both 2021 and 2019.

The teams bring nearly identical overall season records into the final as Medina is 19-3 and Roy-Hart 19-4.

Saturday’s victor will advance to Monday’s Section VI Class B state qualifier game against the Class B1 winner either Depew or Lew-Port.