By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — AKRON - Taking over sole possession of first place, defending champion Albion posted a 9-2 victory over Akron Tuesday in a key Niagara-Orleans League baseball game.
Albion improves to 7-1 and Akron slips to 6-2.
Medina stayed in the thick of the title chase at 6-2 by scoring a pair of road victories to begin the week defeating Wilson 5-1 on Monday and CSAT 7-2 on Tuesday.
Albion took charge at the outset at Akron scoring four quick runs in the first inning on a two-run single by winning pitcher Chris Reed and RBI singles by Ed Narburgh and Steven Stauss. John Page and Connor Barleben also both chipped in with singles during the upswing.
“We talked before the game about jumping on them early and we did,” Albion coach Bruice Blanchard said. “We came out swinging.”
Page and Stauss both finished with a total of three hits as Ed Narburgh, Reed and Jack Narburgh each added two.
Albion added two runs in the third in a single by Jack Narburgh and an error and two more in the sixth on a sacrifice by John Warne and a double by Stauss.
On the mound, Reed allowed five hits and struck out five in six innings of work.
Medina 7, CSAT 2
Matt Riemer went the distance on the mound for Medina against CSAT scattering five hits and striking out six.
Jake Cotriss led the Mustangs as the plate banging out four hits. Tyler Colonna, and Dustin Wells both added a pair of hits.
Medina took charge in the third inning scoring four times on RBI singles by Cotriss and Colonna along with a pair of wild pitches. An error and a single by Wells ignited the uprising
Medina 5, Wilson 1
WILSON - Adam Hoot hurled a three hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead Medina past Wilson 5-1 on Monday in a N-O League make-up game.
“Adam had good control today,” Medina coach Eric Hellwig said.
Colonna had a home run and a double and Sam Crowley a two-run double to spearhead the Medina attack at the plate which also included three hits by Riemer and two by Jason Hellwig.
Medina moved on top to stay with three runs in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Colonna and a two-run double by Crowley, which followed singles by Hellwig and Riemer.
The Mustangs tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Riemer and an error. A double by Colonna and a single by Hellwig set up the threat.
Roy-Hart 12, Wilson 1
A two-run double by Blake Copella in the first inning and a two-run triple by Judd Jamieson highlighted the attack for Roy-Hart (2-4) in the 12-1 win over Wilson (4-3) Tuesday.
Winning pitcher Andy Xapsos helped his own cause by banging out two hits and driving in two runs. On the mound, Xapsos had five strikeouts in five innings.
Austin Hescke also had a single and double for the Rams.
Barker 12, Newfane 3
NEWFANE - Pounding out a total of 6 hits, Barker (3-5) posted a 12-3 victory over Newfane (2-6) Tuesday.
Tyler Gregoire picked up the win on the mound allowing five hits and striking out seven.
At the plate, Zach Shaft and Josh Bergman both had three hits for the Raiders as Gregoire, Tim Flint, Brad Wilson and Jake Desmarais each added two. Shaft and Desmarais both had triples and Gregoire two doubles.
Pembroke 9, Lyndonville 3
LYNDONVILLE - Four double plays in consecutive innings by the defense wasn’t quite enough as Lyndonville dropped a 9-3 decision to Pembroke Monday in a Genesee Region League game.
Shortstop Ty Hrovat, second baseman Chris Scroger and first baseman Eddie Silversmith teamed up to turn the double plays for the Tigers in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Silversmith and Justin Edwards both had four hits to lead Lyndonville at the plate.
Pembroke pulled away in the fourth inning as four walks and a double keyed a four run uprising.
Lyndonville got runners to second and third with no outs in three different innings but was unable to capitalize.
The loss drops Lyndonville to 4-3 in the league and 7-4 overall.