Yanks nip Jays in playoff semi in extra innings

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 June 2018 at 10:23 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Yankees shortstop Tyler Kroening makes a throw to try and complete a double play. Ryder Jones is the Blue Jays runner. The action took place during the Yankees semifinal playoff win on Tuesday.

The Medina Teachers Association Yankees won an extra inning thriller scoring twice in the bottom of the seventh to nip the Mark’s Pizzeria Blue Jays 5-4 Tuesday evening the the Major Division playoff semifinals at Butts Park.

Brody Fry tripled in the decisive two runs for the Yankees as a single by Tyler Kroening and a walk to Cole Callard set up the opportunity.

The Jays had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh on a home run by Julian Woodworth.

The Blue Jays also got off to a fast start as Brandon Christiaansen hit a home run in the top of the first inning.

The Yankees though quickly knotted the contest in the home half of the frame as a single by Callard scored Jimmy Dieter and then took a 3-2 lead in the second as Tyler Allen and Henry Rigerman scored on past balls.

The Blue Jays though battled back to knot the contest at 3-3 as Woodworth had an RBI triple in the fourth and Breydin McQwen Miller hit a home run in the fifth.

In the opening round of the playoffs the MTA Yankees downed the Roy-Hart Red Sox 8-1.

Fry pitched 3 scoreless innings striking out 6. Tyler followed with 3 strikeouts over 2 inning allowing no runs and Callard closed out the game with a strong effort.

Michael Chisler led batting with a single and a triple and 2 RBIs. Fry added 2 singles and 1 RBI,  Dieter a double and 2 RBI’s and Callard a single and a RBI.  Kroening, Cameron Kenward, and Aiden Wisniewski each added a hit.

The MTA Yankees will now play in the championship game at 6 p.m. Thursday at Somerset against the Roy-Hart Yankees.