Tigers have unfinished business to settle on the diamond

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Veteran members of the Lyndonville baseball squad include, in front, Jonothan Amsdill, Brandon Schoolcraft, Ty Hrovat and AJ Buckland. In back are Trevor Bentley, Mike Wells, Jacob Hoffee and James Ianni. Missing from the photo is Chris Scroger.

Last spring the Lyndonville baseball squad captured the Genesee Region League Division 2 title and set a school record for most victories in a season with 19 against only two losses. However, the second of those losses came in the semifinals of the Section V Class DD playoffs, a loss which still stings this year’s veteran laden Tigers team.

“We want to get back to where we were last year and seal the deal this time,” said Tigers Coach Shane Price of the early sectional exit which saw Arkport upend top seeded Lyndonville 12-5.

The Tigers return a veteran laden squad including no less than seven starters with which to tackle that challenge. That veteran starting group includes seniors Ty Hrovat (shortstop/pitcher), Chris Scroger (second base/pitcher), Brandon Schoolcraft (first base/outfield), AJ Buckland (outfield) and Trevor Bentley (outfield) along with sophomore Jacob Hoffee (infield/outfield/pitcher) and Mike Wells (catcher/pitcher).

Hrovat and Buckland both earned G-R League All-Star honors while Wells received Honorable Mention.

Buckland hit .500 with 20 RBI, while Hrovat hit .461 with 19 RBI, Scroger .348 with 23 RBI, Schoolcraft .344 with 16 RBI and Wells .391 with 13 RBI.

Lyndonville also returns varsity experience in senior James Ianni (catcher/outfield), who missed last season with an injury, along with sophomores Eddie Schildt (infield/pitcher) and Eric Neace (outfield/first base).

Rounding out the squad are senior Jonothan Amsdill and junior outfielders Scott Smith and Andrew Dusett.

“It’s a big bonus returning that many kids,” said Price. “The big thing is how our young pitchers come along.”

The Tigers key losses to graduation were pitcher/outfielder Justin Edwards and third baseman/pitcher Evan Milleville.

“We had some key losses but we’ve got seven starters back and some good young kids who can step in.” said Price.

Lyndonville is scheduled to host Kendall in the G-R opener on April 7.

Lyndonville’s Schedule

April 7 – Kendall, 4:30 p.m.
April 8 – at Barker, 4:30 p.m.
April 10 – Webster Christian, 4:30 p.m.
April 14 – Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
April 16 – at Notre Dame (Dwyer Stadium) 4:30 p.m.
April 17 – C.G. Finney, 4:30 p.m.
April 22 – Alexander, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 – at Holley, 4:30 p.m.
April 25 – at Webster Christian, 11 a.m.
April 27 – at Byron-Bergen/Elba, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 – at Attica, 4:30 p.m.
May 4 – at Kendall, 4:30 p.m.
May 7 – at Northstar Chrisitan, 4:30 p.m.
May 8 – at Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
May 12 – Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
May 14 – Byron-Bergen/Elba, 4:30 p.m.
May 15 – Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.