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Tigers roar at Cooperstown

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville players and coaches gather in front of Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field this morning before the Tigers posted a 13-1 victory over Genesee Region League foe Alexander.

Making the most of an opportunity to play at Cooperstown’s historic Doubleday Field, Lyndonville rolled to a 13-1 victory over Alexander today in a Genesee Rgion League contest.

“For the boys it’s a dream come true and for me it’s something I’ve wanted to do since I played ball in high school,” said Lyndonville Coach Shane Price of the victory in the Baseball Hall of Fame community which caps a very busy week of six games in seven days for the Tigers.

Improving to 3-1 in the league and 7-2 overall, Lyndonville pounded out a total of 14 hits including 3 each by winning pitcher Jacob Hoffee and Dawson Joy, 2 by Michael Wells and Nolan Donald and 1 each by Corey Hydock, Zach Johnson, Eric Neace and Cody Bentley.

“Our bats came alive again today,” said Price.

Zach Johnson makes solid contact for Lyndonville to open the game.

The Tigers got a strong complete came pitching performance from Hoffee who scattered 6 hits and struck out 10.

“Jacob pitched outstanding for us,” said Price.

Hoffee also got a big defensive lift from his batterymate as Hydock threw two runners out at third base from his catchers position stopping Trojan threats in both the second and third innings.

Jacob Hoffee delivers a pitch for the Tigers.

Lyndonville scored a quick run in the first inning on a two out single by Joy as a single by Hoffee and a hit batter set up the threat.

Alexander mounted a threat in the second inning getting the first two runners aboard on singles by Jacob Wozniak and Hunter Marzolf but Lyndonville quickly got out of the jam. Hoffee got the first and third outs via strikeouts and Hydock got the middle out by getting the lead runner on a throw to third base.

Still holding a slender 1-0 advantage, Lyndonville broke the game wide open by exploding for six runs in the third inning on RBI singles by Wells, Joy, Hydock and Donald along with a pair of run producing errors. A walk and a singe by Hoffee to open the inning set up the decisive uprising which saw 4 of the runs come home with two out.

Keeping the momentum, the Tigers ballooned the advantage to 12-1 by scoring twice in the fourth frame on a sacrifice fly by Joy and an RBI single by Bentley and then three more times in the fifth on a fielders choice play off the bat of wells, an RBI single by Joy and a wild pitch.

A double by Neace set up the fourth inning tallies while Donald singled to ignite the fifth inning surge.

Alexander’s lone run came in the fourth inning on a two-out single by Hunter Marzolf.

Hoffee though got out of further trouble by registering an inning ending strikeout. He then allowed only 1 more hit over the final three frames striking out 5 during that stretch.

Lyndonville next hosts Elba/Byron-Bergen on Tuesday in another G-R contest.

Lyndonville second baseman Cody Bentley tries to make the tag on Alexander’s Jacob Wozniak.