Medina Journal-Register — BATAVIA — One lone first inning run proved to be just enough to earn the Lyndonville Tigers a second Section V baseball championship in the last three years.
That lone opening frame tally earned the No. 4 seed Tigers a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Fillmore in the Section V Class DD championship game Friday at Dwyer Stadium.
Keeping the momentum, Lyndonville then put together a huge late inning rally to defeat Whitesville 8-3 Saturday at Dwyer to earn the Section V Class D berth to the state championships.
Lyndonville next faces Section VI champion Pine Valley in the Class D Far West Regional Tuesday at Dwyer. The contest will be a rematch of the 2011 regional which saw Lyndonville defeat Pine Valley 12-6 to advance to the state semifinals.
A two-out double by Lucas Silversmith, which interestedly was Lyndonville’s only hit, provided the margin of victory for the Tigers in the narrow win over Fillmore.
Lyndonville’s pitching duo of Chris Scroger and Justin Edwards did the rest in keeping Fillmore off the scoreboard.
“It’s unbelievable. From where we were at the beginning of the season with five sophomores in the lineup, it’s unbelievable.” said Lyndonville coach Shane Price. “I’m just so thankful.”
Scroger pitched into the sixth inning for the Tigers scattering three hits and striking out three. Edwards came on with two on and no outs in the sixth and preserved the shutout. He quickly got out of trouble in the sixth and then faced only four batters in the seventh as he struck out total of three and allowed no hits.
“Chris just did an outstanding job and Justin came in and finished it off,” Price said.
The loss was a tough one for Fillmore hurler Sam McCumiskey who struck out 17 and allowed only one hit.
Setting the tone, McCumiskey fanned the first two batters he faced but then issued what proved to be a costly walk to Ty Hrovat. Horvat then came all the way around to score what proved to be the game winning run on Silversmith’s double to left field.