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Posted 22 July 2019 at 8:29 am

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Muckdogs bow but still hold first place

Contributed Story Posted 22 July 2019 at 8:28 am

Contributed Photo – Edison Suriel delivers a two-seam fastball to the plate Sunday afternoon. Surreal lowered his ERA to 1.69 throwing two scoreless innings with four strikeouts and allowed one hit.

BATAVIA – Even when the Batavia Muckdogs lose, they find a way to keep the crowd excited to the last out.

The Muckdogs ended a 3-game win streak with a 5-4 loss to Mahoning Valley on Sunday.

The Muckdogs play at home at 11:05 this morning as part of Kids Day and a special for fans age 55 and over.

On Sunday, Mahoning Valley jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the sixth and held off a Batavia rally to win.

Batavia remains in first place in the New York-Penn Pinckney Division with a 22-14 record and Mahoning Valley is 18-18.

J.D. Orr had another strong game going 2-for4 with two runs and is now hitting .369 on the season, jumping just ahead of teammate Milton Smith III (.356) for the top average in the NYPL.

Dalvy Rosario (two runs), Nic Ready and Ronal Reynoso all had hits while Jack Strunc and Andrew Turner had RBI’s.

Starting pitcher Edgar Martinez went four innings and struck out three, Jonaiker Villalobos, who took the loss, struck out one in .2 innings.

Jeremy Galindez went 2.1 innings giving up two hits and struck out one.

Edison Suriel lowered his ERA to 1.69 throwing two scoreless innings one one-hit ball with four strikeouts to keep the Muckdogs in the game.

Chili booters even score with Albion Raptors

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 July 2019 at 8:57 pm

Avenging an earlier season 1-0 loss, the Chili Attack used a quick two goal scoring burst in the first five minutes to key a 7-0 victory over the host Albion Raptors this evening in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League girls U17 Division game. Here Mariah Plain advances the ball for Albion between a pair of Chili defenders. Chili held a narrow 2-0 lead at the half as Albion had an apparent goal disallowed during that stretch.

Abby Scanlan, right, moves the ball upfield for Albion which next hosts Bloomfield at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the season finale. Albion is now 6-4-1 and division leading Chili 10-1.

It was a busy week at Hickory Ridge

Contributed Story Posted 21 July 2019 at 8:26 pm

A busy week at Hickory Ridge kicked off with a member two man best ball tournament.

Low net was the returning champion team of Werner Stumpf and Dick Quivey.  While they just missed repeating their last year’s score of 54 they still posted a very good net of 56.

They were followed by Steve Powers and his partner Ray Cali with a 58 and a tie for third with Deb Wood and Billy Connolly and the team of Bob (Socks) Butler and Jerry Seaman knotting up with 59’s.

The highlight of the tournament was a hole in one posted by Owen Toale.  He aced the par 3 eleventh hole.

The Tuesday Night Ladies League had Wood posting a 38 for low gross.  She was followed by Cheryl Ferguson with a 41 and Dona Hazen with 42.  Low net for her first time this season was Paula Knaak with a 25.  Laurie Freeman and Linda Chrzan tied with 32.  Wood, Chrzan and Karen Berlew each posted a birdie.

Hazen and Berlew continue to lead the standings with 47.5 points.  Chrzan and Freeman are second with 45 and Wood and Jan Palmer are third with 44.5.

Wednesday Night Men’s league finds Ray Daniels and Tim Hendrickson still sitting atop the standing with 57.5 points.  They are followed by Larry Palmer and Steve Powers with 51 points. third place is occupied with a tie between Dick Taylor and his partner Dave Polosito and the team of Bill Connolly and Larry Powers all knotted up at 46.5 points.  Fifth place is nailed down by AJ Gifaldi and Dave Petta with 42.5 points.

Low gross for the day was Larry Powers with 41 and low net was Loyd Denniston with 33.  Birdies were posted by Don Snyder and Denniston.

The Thursday Night league returned last week after being off a week because of the weather.  Wes Bedford and Zack Burgess lead the league with 164 points.  Dean Dibley and Ben Flansburg are in second place with 152 points.  Loyd Denniston and Don Draper had a strong week to move into third with 142 points.  Mike Dillon and Jim Peglow and the team of Chris Barry and Jake Froman round out the top five with 138 and 120 points respectfully.

Low Gross was a tie between Ray Daniels and Bedford with 42 each.  Gary Marciszewski and Donnell Holloway tied for low net with 30.  Holloway, Josh Bennett, Scott Budde, Chuck Prentice and Cedrik Soria all posted birdies.

Turner, Frias lead first place Muckdogs to win

Contributed Story Posted 21 July 2019 at 9:03 am

Contributed Photo –  Catcher Keegan Smith and pitcher Julio Frias were on the same page as Frias had a no-hitter through five innings on Saturday night in a 7-2 win over Mahoning Valley for the first-place Batavia Muckdogs.

BATAVIA – Julio Frias looked like he might take the hard-luck loss of the season for the Batavia Muckdogs. The 21-year-old Miami Marlins signing was tossing a no-hitter through five innings, but the Muckdogs trailed, 2-0.

With the team trailing, 2-1 and two outs and two strikes, Andrew Turner belted a 3-RBI double to give Batavia the lead. The hits kept coming with two outs, and after a seven-run inning, that was all the pitching staff needed.

The Muckdogs improved to 22-12 with a 7-2 win over the Mahoning Valley Scrapper Saturday. Batavia is in first place of the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Turner, a 39th round draft pick of the parent-club Miami Marlins in 2018 out of Long Island University, finished 3-for-4 with a run, but his big hit was the bases-clearing hit to the right-center fence.

“I was just trying to get something to hit, something I could put in play and get it up the middle,” said Turner. “We didn’t need three runs, we needed one or two but I was fortunate to get it up the middle and bring the runs in.”

Frias improved to 3-1 throwing 5.2 innings with eight strikeouts and gave up just one hit and walked three. He now has a 2.02 ERA.

“With a guy like Frias on the mound, he is going to hold us there for a long time, he is going to keep throwing up zeros,” said Turner. “We know it’s going to take one inning, we have so many good guys the lineup, if he could just hold us there and we knew he would.”

With a righty coming up, manager Tom Lawless went to the pen with two outs and pitcher Joey Steele came in and got the Muckdogs out of a jam and kept his 0.00 ERA intact.

From there, M.D. Johnson struck out three batters in the seventh and gave up one hit. Brock Love, a 34th round Marlins pick out of the University of Alabama, threw the final two innings and was perfect, striking out three and still has a 0.00 ERA in four innings and three appearances.

At the plate, J.D. Orr stole his 17th base of the season and went 2-for-4 with a RBI and unto up his average to .363 while Ronal Reynoso was 2-for-4 with a RBI double and run. Milton Smith II singled in a run, stole his ninth base of the season and scored.

It was Wilmot Cancer Institute of Batavia’s Cancer Survivors Night and the crowd impressed Turner.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s the whole reason you play. When you are playing for a team like this, it makes coming to the ball park fun every day,” said Turner. “We’re 40 games in, we’ve been here since spring training in February and March, we have a winning ball club, and the fans coming out. The fans are excited every day and it makes you want to be here and play that much harder for not only all these fans coming out, but also the guys around you. It’s been great.”

The Muckdogs have two more home games in this series.

Today is a 5:05 p.m. start with autograph alley (players signing autographs around 4 p.m. or 4:20 p.m.), kids run the bases and it’s a kids day for the Muckpups. Monday is a special 11:05 a.m. start with food and ticket specials. It is also summer camp and splash day.

Rivera takes Hall of Fame weekend spotlight

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 July 2019 at 6:53 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – For fans visiting baseball’s Mecca of Cooperstown, Hall of Fame Weekend is always special and this weekend is no exception. Getting to see the Hall of Fame’s first ever unanimous inductee, Mariano Rivera, was the highlight of the visit. The former Yankee record setting relief hurler was certainly the fan favorite at this morning’s annual golf tournament. He is shown here teeing off and signing autographs for fans at the fourth hole of the Leatherstocking Golf Course. Rivera, who played the round with his three sons, and the other members of the Class of 2019 will be officially inducted at ceremonies on Sunday afternoon.

At left, Hall of Famer Tim Raines, who stared for the Montreal Expos, signs for fans at the golf tournament. At right, Hall of Famer Jack Morris, who stared on the mound for the Detroit Tigers, talks with fans at an autograph session on Main Street. To his left is former New York Yankees player and manager Lou Piniella.

Each of the new Hall of Famers was honored with a display of their memorabilia at the Hall of Fame. Shown here are the displays former Yankee and Baltimore Orioles hurler Mike Mussina and Rivera.

The plaque room at the Hall of Fame was a popular spot for fans.

Due to the large crowds, Main Street is closed off to traffic annually on Hall of Fame weekend. Chairs are lined up along the street by fans in preparation for this evenings’ Hall of Fame parade down Main Street to the Hall of Fame.

M-L United U17 rallies to tie N-W

Contributed Story Posted 20 July 2019 at 5:23 pm

Medina-Lyndonville United U17 erased a 2-0 deficit to tie the Niagara Wheatfield Wolves 2-2 in a key Buffalo Western New York Junior Soccer League game today.

United fought off the Wolves with two goals in the final four minutes of play.

Jacob Corser provided the initial spark as he booted home United’s first goal, unassisted, after a skirmish in the box.

Three minutes later,  Jude Isaacson slotted a neat pass into the box for Nate Dillenbeck who hammered home the the equalizer.

M-L United is now 5-0-2 and N-W 5-0-1.

The two teams face off in a key rematch, in Lyndonville, on Monday night at 6:45 p.m.

Muckdogs sweep twin bill from Auburn

Contributed Story Posted 20 July 2019 at 5:15 pm

AUBURN – The Batavia Muckdogs had a long day of travel and baseball Friday, but showed why they are in first place in the Pinckney Division with a 4-3, 4-1 sweep of the Auburn Doubledays.

Batavia scored three runs in the top of the final inning to stun Auburn in the first game.

With Auburn leading 3-1, Michael Hernandez singled in Andrew Turner when Dalvt Rosario hit a two-RBI double scoring Milton Smith II and Ronal Reynoso.

Roasario hit two doubles in the game and stole a base while J.D. Orr went 2-for-4 with his 16th stolen base of the season.

Turner, Jack Strunc each had a hit while Hernandez, the Muckdogs catcher, went 2-for-3.

The pitching Eli Villalobos, a righty from Long Beach State and a 14th round draft pick of the parent Miami Marlins in 2018, went 5.2 innings with three strikeouts and did not get the decision. Jonaiker Villalobos, a lefty from Venezuela, faced two batters, retired one and for the win to go to 1-0 on the season.

Evan Brabrand, a 9th round pick of the Marlins this year, made it a perfect seven on saves as he threw one inning of perfect baseball with two strikeouts to get his seventh win of the season in seven attempts.

In the second game, Jackson Rose, a 35th round pick of the Marlins in 2018 out of Minnesota, continued his strong season on the mound for manager Tom Lawless.

Rose went six strong innings with five strikeouts and gave up just two hits and did not walk a batter. Josh Simpson, who was taken in the 32nd round this season, had a perfect inning in relief, striking out two for his first save of the season. In five games this season, Simpson, a Columbia grad, has a 0.00 ERA.

Batavia (21-13) scored two in the first and two in the final inning to put the game away.

Hitting was contagious as Reynoso had two hits, a stolen base and a run and Turner had two hits and a run. Catcher Andres Sthormes had two hits.

While Nic Ready blasted a double, Troy Johnston had a RBI single, Brayan Hernandex (run) and Milton Smith II (run) had hits.

M-L United U15 booters blank Wilson

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 July 2019 at 8:48 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Jack Whipple had the assist on the second Medina/Lyndonville goal.

A pair of first half goals earned Medina/Lyndonville United a 2-0 victory over host Wilson Thursday evening in the boys U15 Division of the Buffalo and Western New York Soccer League.

Sam Kingsbury scored what proved to be the game winner for M/L United off an assist from Mason Moreland.

Logan Gray then scored an insurance goal off a corner kick by Jack Whipple.

Jackson Moreland earned the shutout in goal.

The victory boots M-L United’s league record to 4-3.

M/L United will next face Akron on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Gasport.

Kendall tops Chili in U18 girls soccer

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 July 2019 at 8:43 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Sarah Harrington scored Kendall’s first goal in the win over Chili.

Building up a 3-1 half-time advantage, Kendall went on to defeat visiting Chili 4-2 Thursday evening in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League girls U18 Division game.

Sarah Harrington opened the scoring for Kendall and Grace Levett and Lizzie Woodams followed up with tallies before half-time. Alayna Steffen earned the assist on Woodam’s goal.

Grace Robinson then netted Kendall’s lone goal in the second half on a header off a direct kick by Woodams.

Improving to 4-4-1, Kendall will close out the season at Canandaigua on July 28.

Wayne 3, Medina/Lyndonville 1

In another U18 contest, Wayne downed Medina/Lyndonville 3-1 at Albion.

Lily Carpenter scored the lone Medina/Lyndonville goal in the second half off an assist from Olivia Carter.