By Mike Wertman firstname.lastname@example.org
Medina Journal-Register — CANANDAIGUA - Making school history, No. 3 seed Lyndonville nipped top seed Romulus 6-5 here Thursday in the Section V Class D-1 championship game, the Lady Tigers first ever sectional title.
Coming from behind twice, Lyndonville pulled even at 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning on a two-out, two-run single by winning pitcher Maddy Boyle. Singles by Madison Gardepe and Rebekah Hoffee set up the opportunity.
Keeping the momentum, the Lady Tigers then took the lead for good in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Gardepe. Singles by Jenna Castricone and Caitlyn Albone set up the threat.
Romulus did rally for a run in the bottom of the seventh but left the potential runner stranded at third base as Boyle got the final two outs herself on a pop up and a ground out.
“I can’t be more proud of these girls,” said first year Lyndonville coach Joe Moore. “We struggled a bit early in the season but these last three games they have really put it together. They’ve played up to their capabilities.”
Gardepe finished with a total of three hits as Hoffee, Castricone, Boyle and Katie Marek each had two and Cheyenne Button and Albone one each.
In the circle, Boyle scattered five hits and struck out five.
Romulus did grab a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning on a pair of two out hits but Lyndonville answered back with a pair of runs in the third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Boyle. Lead-off hits by Marek and Hoffee ignited that rally.
Romulus regained a 4-2 lead by tallying three times in the bottom of the fifth on an error and a two-run single by Taylor Crowe.
However, Lyndonville again came battling back to quickly even the score at 4-4 in the top of the sixth on Boyle’s two-run single.
Banging out total of 13 base raps on the day the Lady Tigers then used singles by Castricone and Albone followed by a two-run double by Gardepe in the top of the seventh for th e margin of victory.
“We got the hits when we needed them,” Moore said. “I wasn’t worried when we got behind because I knew with our sticks we’d get runs.”
Alex Harling at first, Hoffee at shortstop and Keri Stillinger at third all made key defensive plays for the Lady Tigers.
Boyle earned the D-1 tourney’s Most Valuable Player award while Gardepe, Alyssa Houseman, Marek and Hoffee were all named to the All-Tournament team.
Lyndonville will now face the D-2 champion on Saturday for the Section V Class D berth in the state playoffs.
Class D-1 Semifinals
Lyndonville 9, Arkport 1
Scoring in each of the first five innings, Lyndonville romped past No. 2 Arkport 9-1 Wednesday in the semifinals of the Section V Class D-1 playoffs at Letchworth High.
Lyndonville built up an early 5-0 lead by scoring solo runs in the first, second and fourth innings and twice in the third on a two-run double by Castricone.
The Lady Tigers then broke the contest wide open by erupting for five runs in the fifth frame as Houseman had a double and Marek an RBI single.
Marek had a total of three hits on the day as Houseman and Castricone each had two.
Boyle was the winning pitcher scattering six hits and striking out four.
Section VI Class B-2 FinaL
Falconer 8, Roy-Hart 4
Sixth seeded Falconer scored in five different innings to down No. 5 Roy-Hart 8-4 Wednesday in the Section VI Class B-2 title game at Sunshine Park.
Courtney VanBuren had a two-run single and Tiffany Fry two singles for Roy-Hart.