By Mike Wertman firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Tigers had only two more baserunners the rest of the game, one via a hit batsman in the fourth inning and one in the seventh on a walk.
Fillmore mounted a number of scoring threats but left two runners stranded in the first, third and sixth innings. Edwards made catches in deep centerfield for the final out in the first inning and another in the fifth when Fillmore left one stranded. Horvat got the last out in the third inning on force out at second as did Evan Milleville at third base in sixth.
Lyndonville advanced to the title contest by defeating top seeded Notre Dame 7-3 in the semifinals while Fillmore nipped No. 2 Arkport 1-0 in the other semi.
Class D State Qualifier
Lyndonville 8, Whitesville 3
BATAVIA - Trailing 3-1, Lyndonville exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to notch the 8-3 win over Class D champion Whitesville and earn a trip to the state championships for the second time in three years.
Getting the rally going, Lyndonville used a combination of two walks, two hit batters and a wild pitch to plate two runs and pull even at 3-3.
Austin Buckland followed up with a two-run single, Austin Bane a two-run double and Milleville and RBI single to rally the Tigers into a 8-3 lead and break the contest wide open.
Lyndonville’s only run up until the sixth came on an RBI double by Silversmith in the third inning.
Whitesville took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on four hits and a sacrifice fly.
Hrovat, who came on in relief in the third inning for the Tigers blanked Whitesville over the final five innings on four scattered hits with five strikeouts.