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Albion Midget League playoffs begin Tuesday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 July 2018 at 7:57 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: Blake Preston started on the mound for St. Mary’s on Thursday in a 14-12 win over the Rotary-Lions. Both teams ended the regular season at 5-9 and play each other Tuesday in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Albion Midget League playoffs will begin Tuesday with a pair of quarterfinal round games.

Those contests will have No. 5 seed Rotary-Lions at No. 4 St. Mary’s at 5:30 p.m. and No. 6 Vets at No. 3 Barre at 6 p.m.

Playoff action will continue on Thursday with the semifinal round. The Rotary/St. Mary’s winner will visit No. 1 Sandstone and the Vets/Barre winner will travel to No. 2 Carlton, both at 6 p.m.

The playoff championship game will then be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Midget League Field.

Sandstone, despite a pair of losses this past week, finished the regular season in the top spot at 10-4 followed by Carlton 10-5, Barre 9-5, St. Mary’s 5-9, Rotary 5-9 and Vets 4-11.

To close out the regular season, Sandstone lost 15-12 to Barre and 12-11 to Vets and Barre lost 9-8 Carlton.

Barre trimmed Sandstone on a catch by Oliver Beach with the tying run at the plate.

A grand slam by Josh Bovenzi and home run by Owen Bentley sparked the offense for Barre.

Nathan Gibson was 4 for 4 on the night with two doubles.  Nick Harling added two hits including a double along with doubles from Cami London and Jason Conn.

For Sandstone, Elliot Trapiss and Seth Krenning led the way, each going 3 for 3.  Krenning’s hits included a triple and a double.  Nolan Sullivan added 2 more hits including a triple as did Josh Schoeberlein.

Carlton then edged Barre with the tying and winning runs on base, with a great defensive putout by Caidyn Wilson. Noah Kowaski made three other run saving catches on the night as well.

Finn McCue lead the way at the plate for Carlton hitting a home run and triple.  Wilson and Kowalski also added hits along with Andrew Boyce and a triple from Dylan Narburgh.

For Barre, Bovenzi had a homerun and  two doubles. Conn added two more hits, including a homerun. Lucas Martin had a double and two singles and Harling added two more singles as well.

In the Vets win over Sandstone Bryer Dysard had 5 hits, Hunter Lonnen 3, including a home run, and John Bianchi 2.

Nick Martino had 3 hits and Trapiss 2 for Sandstone which also got a three-run triple from Emma Shay in the sixth inning which cut the deficit to 1.

Nationals bow in Georgia Tourney
Capitalizing on errors, Team Elite from Georgia edged the Niagara Nationals 6-4 Sunday at the PG WWBA National Championships in Georgia.

Trevor Luthart had 2 hits for the Nationals which are now 1-2-1 in the tournament.

Team Elite scored twice in the sixth inning to claim the win.

Bombers score win at Ocean City tourney

Contributed Story Posted 15 July 2018 at 9:35 am

The AnJo Bombers 16U downed the Chester County Crawdads 11-5 Saturday in a tournament at Ocean City, Maryland

An eight-run third inning keyed the Bombers to the win as AJ Seefeldt, Cade Littman, Joe Watson, Rylend Callicutt, and Karl Darling each drove in runs during the uprising.

The Bombers got on the board in the first inning when Seefeldt doubled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run.

The Crawdads knotted the game up at three in the bottom of the second inning, when an error scored one run for Chester County Crawdads.

However, the Bombers pulled away for good with the big third inning highlighted by a three-run double by Darling and an RBI double by Littman.

Watson led things off on the mound for  the Bombers allowing five runs on five hits over three and two-thirds innings, striking out two.

Seefeldt led the Bombers with three hits in three at bats.

Colossal Adidas 13, Bombers 6

The AnJo Bombers 16U watched the game slip away early and couldn’t recover in a 13-6 loss to Colossal Adidas 2020 also on Saturday. 

The Bombers tallied three runs in the sixth inning on a home run by Thomas Furmanski.

Colossal Adidas 2020 scored seven runs in the third inning. 

Furmanski and Colin Fragale each collected two hits to lead  the Bombers

Nationals split on the day at Georgia tourney

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 14 July 2018 at 9:46 pm

Rebounding from a shutout loss earlier in the day, the Niagara Nationals downed the Home Plate Chilidogs from Georgia 7-2 this evening to go to 1-1-1 in the PG WWBA National championships being held in Georgia.

Despite having only 4 hits, the Nationals scored in 4 different innings, including 3 in the third and 2 in the sixth.

Sam Murphy had 2 hits, including a solo home run in the sixth, to lead the Nationals at the plate.

Carson Harper picked up the win allowing 2 hits with 1 strikeout in six and two-thirds innings of work on the mound.

Earlier in the day, the Natonals were blanked 3-0 on just 1 hit by the Missouri Gators.

A first inning single by Liam Ward was the only hit for the Nationals which had only 2 other base runners, both coming on walks.

Tourney competition continues on Sunday as the Nationals still have 4 games in pool competition to play.

Rotary-Lions win Albion U10 baseball championship

Photos by Tom Rivers: Kaiden Froman slides home for a critical run for the Rotary-Lions team in today’s 14-13 win over the Vets in the U10 championship game for the Albion Midget League.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 July 2018 at 1:51 pm

ALBION – The Rotary-Lions capped an undefeated season with a thrilling 14-13 victory today over the Vets in the U10 championship game at the Midget League Field.

The Vets had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the sixth when Bryer Dysard hit a deep fly to the right-center gap.

Kaiden Froman ran under the ball and made the big catch to end the game and give the Rotary-Lions the title.

“It was an excellent game with an All-Star catch to end it,” said Dave Nashburn, coach of the runner-up Vets, which finish the season at 7 wins, 2 ties and 3 losses.

Bryer Dysard whacks a ball into the outfield that would have cleared the bases if it hadn’t been caught. Dysard had 4 hits in the game.

Leah Pawlak pitched the final two innings for Rotary-Lions to get the win in the title game.












Dysard had 4 hits for the Vets and also was strong on the mound for the first three innings, striking out 5. Ryan Dunn pitched 2 innings for the Vets, and also had 4 hits.

Froman had 3 hits for Rotary-Lions, including a big 3-run double in the 5th inning. Will Plummer also hit a 3-run double in the fourth for Rotary-Lions, which went 12-0 on the season.

Lucas Powley started the game for Rotary-Lions and struck out 6 in 3 innings. Noah Harrison pitched the fourth, and Leah Pawlak came on in the fifth and sixth innings to get the victory on the mound.

Lucas Powley pitched the first three innings for Rotary-Lions.

Ryan Dunn pitched two innings for the Vets and had 4 hits at bat.











Froman had been the team’s catcher most of the season until being put in centerfield to help chase down the big hits from the other team.

“He’s our cleanup guy out there,” said coach Tom Irwin. “He has good speed and a strong arm.”

Irwin is Powley’s grandfather. He has coached the team the past three seasons.

“As a team we played really well together,” Irwin said. “I am very proud of them. They’ve grown and learned the game better. They were making plays at the end of the season that they weren’t making in the beginning of the season.”

When Dysard launched the ball into the outfield, Irwin thought it was likely a home run. Then Froman put up his glove and caught it.

“It could have gone either way,” Irwin said. “If that ball had dropped, it’s a whole nother ball game.”

The Rotary-Lions are pictured after winning the championship today.

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Holley, Kendall and Medina districts earn state School of Distinction Award

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 14 July 2018 at 9:27 am

Capping off a strong athletic and academic year, three Orleans County Schools – Holley, Kendall and Medina – have earned New York State Public High School Athletic Association School of Distinction Awards for the 2017-18 school year.

A school district can earn School of Distinction status by having 100% of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons. A team must have a composite average of at least 90 in over to earn a Scholar-Athlete Award.

Medina, which was one of only five Section VI teams to receive the award, had all 21 of its varsity teams earn the Scholar-Athlete Awards.

Holley had all 16 of its varsity teams and Kendall all 13 of its teams. They are two of only three Section V schools to receive the honor.

The purpose of the School of Distinction and School of Excellence Awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor.

This year, 30 schools earned the School of Distinction Award and 111 schools earned the School of Excellence Award.  An additional 11 schools received the School of Distinction Award and 51 more received the School of Excellence Award compared to 2016-17 school year. This year’s figures represent the highest number of NYSPHSAA member schools being recognized for their academic achievements.

“The increase in the number of schools receiving both awards shows what fantastic student-athletes we have here in New York State,” said Robert Zayas NYSPHSAA Executive Director. “This is evidence that schools, administration, coaches and student-athletes focus on excellence in the classroom as well as the playing fields.”

Nationals rally to tie in tourney opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 14 July 2018 at 8:53 am

A last ditch rally earned the Niagara Nationals a 4-4 tie with Easley Baseball team from Memphis, Tenn. Friday in the opening round of the PG WWBA National Championships being held at over 50 sites in Georgia.

Trailing 4-1, the Nationals scored 3 times in the bottom of the seventh on 2 errors, a wild pitch, a walk and a single by Korey Canton.

The Nationals had only 2 hits on the day, the other coming on a first inning single by Liam Ward when they scored their other run.

The tournament continues today.

Lyndonville caps 7-3 regular season with win; Alexander hands Albion first setback

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 July 2018 at 8:44 am

Pounding out 20 hits, Lyndonville defeated host Oakfield 17-7 Thursday evening to close out the Tri County Midget League regular season at 7-3.

Casey Winiecki and Anthony Moule both had 4 hits and Trenton Muck and Oskar Heinsler 3 each to lead Lyndonville’s attack.  Moule, Heinsler and Alex Barry each banged out a triple.

Breaking away from a 7-7 deadlock, Lyndonville regained the lead for good by scoring 3 times in the fourth inning highlighted by a two-run double by Jack Whipple.

Lyndonville then began to pull away by tacking on 3 more runs in the fifth frame.

Roman Heinsler picked up the win on the mound allowing 6 hits and striking out 13.

Lyndonville next will host a quarterfinal round playoff game on Tuesday.

Alexander 5, Albion 2
Capitalizing on a rash of errors, host Alexander handed Albion its first loss 5-2 Thursday evening.

Albion did grab a 2-0 lead in the first inning on 3 walks, a wild pitch and a fielders choice play but could not add to the advantage.

Errors helped Alexander score once in the first inning and then twice in both the third and fifth frames.

Albion had only 2 hits on the evening, a double by Drew Caldwell and a single by Kyle Woolston.

Now at 8-1, Albion will begin playoff competition on Tuesday.

Albion tops Canandaigua to hold U18 lead

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 July 2018 at 8:41 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Brylie Hapeman scored a pair of goals in Albion’s U18 win over visiting Canandaigua Thursday evening.

Front-running Albion scored a 4-1 victory over visiting Canandaigua Thursday evening in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League girls U18 Division game.

Abi Scanlan had a goal and 3 assists and Brylie Hapeman a pair of goals to lead the offense for Albion which improves to 6-1-1.

Albion grabbed a 2-1 lead in the first half on goals by Scalan and Hapeman.

Second half goals by Hapeman and Lexi Wolck, both coming off assists from Scanlan, then put a lock on the victory.

Alexis Bentley earned the win in goal as the quartet of Quinn McCue, Paige Derisley, Aly Knaak and Abbie Pappalardo anchored the defense.

Albion, which had been tied 2-2 at Canandaigua in the season opener, next visits Gananda on Sunday.

AnJo Bombers romp past Nighthawks

Contributed Story Posted 12 July 2018 at 9:08 pm

Banging out 14 hits, the AnJo Bombers 16U romped to a 19-7 win over the NT Nighthawks Wednesday.

The Bombers opened up an early lead in the first inning when Mike DiCureia singled on a 2-0 count, scoring two runs.

In the top of the second inning, NT Nighthawks tied things up at three.

AnJo Bombers 16U took the lead for good with ten runs in the third inning.

A three-run double by Cade Littman highlighted that uprising which also included RBI hits by Rylend Callicutt, Bryce Seddon, Colin Fragale and Reed Albee.

Rylend Callicutt was on the mound for Bombers. He surrendered six runs on two hits over two innings, striking out five. Reed Albee and Zeke Callicutt were strong in relief.

Albee, Callicutt, Sedon, Littman, and AJ Seefeldt each racked up multiple hits for the Bombers.  Albee went 3-for-4 at the plate.

The Bombers also stole eight bases as two players stole more than one. Sedon led the way with three.

The Bombers are in Ocean City, Maryland for a tournament this weekend.

Green has strong finish at PGA championship

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 July 2018 at 1:44 pm

Contributed Photo – Melanie Green

Medina’s Melanie Green capped off her challenging Girls Jr PGA Championship week in strong fashion by putting together her best round, a solid three under par closing round, today in the competition held at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky.

Three birdies and just one bogey highlighted the round for Green who fired a 69 to finish the four-day 72 hole event with a one over par 289 total.

Green, who will be a junior at Medina High this fall, opened the competition with a one over par 73 on Monday, rebounded with a one under par 71 on Tuesday and then was plagued by seven bogeys in a four over par round of 76 on Wednesday.  That set the stage for her week’s best three under round of 69 today to close out the event.

Green, who captured both the Section VI and state championships during this past school year, qualified by winning the Western New York District title.

She faces another big challenging tournament next week at the USGA Nationals to be held at Pebble Beach in California July 16-21. She earned a spot in that major event by winning a qualifier tournament in Pennsylvania recently.