Wells shuts down Fillmore – Lyndonville Baseball wins Section V Class D1 Championship

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Saturday, May 27, 2017 | BataviasBest.org


Last night at Houghton College, the #2 Lyndonville Baseball team defeated #1 Fillmore by a final score of 6-2 in order to take home the 2017 Section V Class D1 Title. It marks the first Section V Title for Tigers’ Baseball since 2013, and also marks the 4th season in 5 years in which a GR Team has won a Section V Baseball Championship.

The Lyndonville offense had a great game yesterday evening at Houghton College.

Yesterday’s game between Lyndonville and Fillmore began with the Eagles seizing control early-on, as Fillmore’s Keaton Speicher came through for his team – driving in Max McCumisky in order to give the top-seed the 1-0 advantage. However, in the fourth, the Tigers would take a lead of their own.

Beginning with a leadoff single off the bat of Eric Neace, the Tigers’ fourth-inning rally reached its climax when starting pitcher Mike Wells roped a ball down the right field line – dotting the chalk and rolling all the way into the corner for what turned out to be a RBI triple. Now, with score tied at 1, Zach Johnson then got in on the action for Lyndonville, dunking in a humpback liner to right for a RBI single – which scored Wells and put the Tigers ahead 2-1 moving into the bottom half of the frame.

Coming into this game it was a mystery whether or not the Lyndonville offense would be able to solve Fillmore ace Evan Nugent – who had worked his way to a sub-1.00 ERA coming into yesterday’s matchup. And after three innings, it seemed as if runs would be at a premium for the Tigers. However, the fourth proved differently, and the LYN offense went on to handle Nugent with ease the remainder of the game.

Evan Nugent seemed to be the better pitcher on paper coming into last night’s game. However, Lyndonville’s Mike Wells managed to outshine the Fillmore ace on the hill on Friday.

During the Eagles’ half of the fourth, McCumisky again came through for his team with a single, and a stolen base – then promptly moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a sac-fly. Going to the fifth, it was a 2-2 tie.

To begin the fifth, Corey Hydock reached base for the Tigers in order to set them up with a chance to take the lead once again. Then, singles from Neace (RBI) and Wells, followed by a RBI groundout off the bat of Dawson Joy, gave Lyndonville a 4-2 lead – which they would carry into the bottom half of the inning. During Fillmore’s at bat, however, the Eagles failed to muster up any offense, and we went to the sixth with Lyndonville leading by two runs.

Throughout the remainder of the contest, four runs proved to be enough for the Tigers, who looked to their ace Mike Wells to shut down the Eagles once and for all over their final few at bats.

Mike Wells’ spike curveball has been an important pitch all season.

Able to do so, Wells continued to mix his pitches with a level of mastery which I haven’t seen from a HS pitcher all season. His curve was keeping hitters off-balance, his heater wasn’t allowing any hard contact, and after two more innings of scoreless work – he carried his team to the Class D1 Title.

A RBI triple, and RBI single off the bat of Jacob Hoffee in the sixth and seventh increased Lyndonville’s already 2-run lead, and served as the preverbal dagger in the hearts of the Eagles.

As the final out was recorded on Friday night, I quickly turned to Lyndonville head coach Shane Price, who was screaming, “We did it!”

Yes they had.

The Tigers were Section V Champs.



Other articles you may like:

Friday’s Section V Baseball/Softball Scoreboard (05/26/2017) LYN Baseball wins SecV Title

Section V Baseball – Class D1 2017 Finals Preview: #2 Lyndonville vs #1 Fillmore

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