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Tigers advance on Johnson’s no hitter

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 May 2019 at 6:53 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Zach Johnson delivers strike three for the final out of his no hitter this afternoon as the Tigers blanked visiting Keshequa in a sectional quarterfinal.

Riding the sparkling no hit pitching performance of senior Zach Johnson, top seeded Lyndonville blanked visiting No. 8 Keshequa 6-0 this afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Section V Class C2 baseball playoffs.

Johnson registered 16 strikeouts and walked only two on the afternoon. He fanned three batters in the first, second and seventh innings and two each in third, fourth and sixth frames. The two walks came with two out in the first inning but Johnson quickly got out of trouble with a clutch inning ending strikeout.

Lyndonville’s Noah Heinsler delivers what proved to be the game winning RBI single for the Tigers in the first inning.

“He was dominant,” said Tigers Coach Shane Price. “He’s been searching for this all season. He’s had five one hitters  and now he’s got one of his goals. I’m really happy for him. It’s nice to see a kid who has put so much into this program reach of one his goals.”

At the plate, the Tigers scored the only run they needed as it turned out in the home half of the first inning on an RBI single by Noah Heinsler.

It stayed a tight 1-0 contest until the fifth inning when the Tigers scored twice on an RBI double by Johnson and a wild pitch.

Lyndonville then put a lock on the victory by tallying three times in the sixth on RBI singles by Kane Flynn and Johnson and a wild pitch. A single by Matt Hess and an error set up the opportunity.

Improving to 16-2, Lyndonville next hosts No. 12 Caledonia-Mumford in the C2 semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Class D1

Arkport-Canaseraga 12, Kendall 0

No. 3 seed Arkport-Canaseraga scored three quick runs in the first inning and then four more in both the second and third frames to key a 12-0 win over No. 6 Kendall in the Class D1 quarterfinals at Houghton.

Kendall was limited to only 4 hits by a trio of Arkport-Canaseraga pitchers.

Lyndonville’s Matt Hess dives into first base as Keshequa’s Nate Bean awaits the throw.