Tigers late rally falls short in Class D final

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 May 2017 at 10:57 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Jacob Hoffee scores the Tigers first run as pitcher Paul Morgan covers for Lima Christian. The action took place during the Tigers Class D title game loss at Dwyer Stadium this evening.

A last ditch rally fell just short as Lyndonville dropped a narrow 6-5 decision to Lima Christian in the Section V Class D baseball state qualifier game this evening at Dwyer Stadium in Batavia.

Trailing 6-5, Lyndonville loaded the bases on three walks with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning but Lima Chrisitan weathered the storm as a strikeout ended the rally and the game.

Lima Christian’s John Favnor slides safely into third base as Lyndonville’s Dawson Joy tries to handle the throw.

Lima Christian had rallied into the 6-5 lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Andrew Kristan.

Breaking away from an early 1-1 deadlock, Lyndonville had grabbed a 4-1 lead by scoring 3 times in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Kane Flynn, a single by Nolan Donald and a triple by Jacob Hoffee. Singles by Dawson Joy and Zack Johnson set up the opportunity.

Lima Christian cut the deficit to 4-3 by scoring twice in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly and an error.

Lyndonville got one of those runs right back in the bottom of the third on a pair of errors and an RBI single by Mike Wells to make it 5-4.

However, the Tigers could not cross home plate again managing just 2 hits over the final 4 innings.

During that stretch the Tigers got 2 runners aboard via walks in the sixth inning but again had an inning ending strikeout wipe out the threat.

Hoffee and Johnson both had 2 hits on the evening for the Tigers.

Lyndonville ,which finishes the season at 17-3, advanced to the state qualifier by winning the Class D1 title with a 6-2 victory over Fillmore last Friday.