Tigers nip Irish in thriller

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville catcher Michael Wells gets set to put the tag on Notre Dame base runner Tyler Prospero for the final out at home plate to lock up the host Tigers narrow win over the Irish this afternoon.

Surviving a seventh inning scare, Lyndonville nipped visiting Notre Dame 6-4 this afternoon in a key early season Genesee Region League baseball game.

Leading 6-3, Lyndonville saw Notre Dame load the bases with two out in the top of the seventh inning on two singles and a walk. Another single plated one run but the Irish tried to score a second run on the play. However, the Tigers defense came up with a perfect relay from AJ Buckland in left to Evan Milleville at third to Michael Wells at catcher to get the final out at home and preserve the victory.

“I’m really pleased with Mike and what he’s done for us behind the plate,” said Lyndonville Coach Shane Price. “I think that’s the toughest position to play and to block the plate like that isn’t something you can practice.”

Lyndonville, which led all the way, scored four times in the third inning on a two-run home run by Justin Edwards, a double by Jacob Hoffee and singles by Brandon Shoolcraft and Wells.

The Tigers then added what proved to be the decisive two runs in the fourth frame on an error, a double by Edwards and a single by Hrovat.

Notre Dame also scored once in the fourth and twice in the fifth.

Hrovat went the distance on the mound for the Tigers scattering 7 hits and striking out three.

Staying perfect, Lyndonville improves to 3-0 in the league and 5-0 overall.