N-O tops G-R in senior diamond contest

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 4 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Doug Bachman slides into third base for the Niagara-Orleans League as Lyndonville’s Ty Hrovat of the Genesee Region League squad waits for the throw during this evening’s annual senior contest at Genesee Community College.

A 4-1 scoring edge over the middle three innings keyed the Niagara-Orleans to a 10-7 victory over the Genesee Region in the annual senior game between the two leagues this evening at Genesee Community College.

Breaking away from a 5-5 deadlock, the N-O took the lead for good with a run in the fourth inning on a walk, a single by Matt Riemer (Medina) and an RBI single by Caleb Martin (Akron).

The N-O upped the advantage to 9-5 by scoring twice in the fifth inning on a walk, an RBI single by Zach Pfentner (Akron), a single by Kyle Herman (Medina) and an RBI sacrifice fly by Riemer, and once in the sixth on a walk and a fielders choice play off the bat of Tanner Gregoire (Barker).

Pfentner had a total of 3 hits and 3 RBIs on the day as Riemer and Nate Lambert (CSAT) both had a pair of hits.

Joe DeFelice (Holley), Josh Porter (Holley), Ty Hrovat (Lyndonville) and Dale Truax (Byron-Bergen/Elba) each 2 hits for the G-R.

The N-O grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a double by Lambert but the G-R answered right back with a pair of runs in the home half of the frame on a single by Hrovat an RBI double by DeFelice and an RBI single by Truax.

The sea-saw battle continued in the second inning.

Albion’s Austin Loyd delivers a pitch for the N-O squad.

First, the N-O scored three times on RBI singles by Pfentner, Riemer and Lambert, to regain a 4-2 lead. Again the G-R quickly answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame on a two-run double by Truax to retie the contest at 4-4.

The teams then traded solo runs in the third to keep the contest knotted at 5-5. The N-O tallied on a double by Pfentner and the G-R on a sacrifice fly by Brandon Schoolcraft (Lyndonville).

However, the next three innings saw the N-O outscore the G-R 4-1 to regain the lead for good at 9-5.

The G-R’s only run during that stretch came on a double by Porter in the sixth inning.
The G-R then got two runners aboard in the seventh, after a single by Trevor Bentley (Lyndonville) and a hit batter, and twice in the eight on a single by Porter and a walk, but in both cases two runners were left stranded.

Holley’s Jon Bower practices his juggling in the dugout between innings.

The N-O roster also included Steve Borowcyyk and Connor Riggs from Akron, Aaron Burnside, Austin Loyd and Dominic DiCureia from Albion, Doug Bachman from Barker, Brennan Zinkievich from Medina, Nick OLay and Tyler Ribbeck from Newfane and Peter Grunzweig from CSAT.

The G-R lineup also included Jon Bower from Holley, AJ Buckland and Chris Scroger from Lyndonville, Tristan Aldinger, Ryan Kelsey and Jake Riggs from Alexander, Garrett Chapell from Byron-Bergen/Elba, Cal Tygart from Notre Dame and Casey Arnold and Tyler Hamm from Oakfield-Alabama.