Niether 11-12-year-old team was lighting the world on fire in the 2012 District 3 Little League All-Star Tournament. However, when it’s Dansville against Wayland, the word “rivarly” brings the best out in both sides.

Niether 11-12-year-old team was lighting the world on fire in the 2012 District 3 Little League All-Star Tournament. However, when it’s Dansville against Wayland, the word “rivarly” brings the best out in both sides.

The local rivals battled for their first tournament win on July 9 night at Victory Park with Dansville using a six-run fourth inning to take their first lead in the game and hold Wayland off in a 13-11 slug fest on top of the hill.

Both teams came into the tournament round robin finale with records of 0-4, losing in similar fashion to Oakfield, Geneseo, Batavia and Leroy. On this night though, each team knew they were hungry for bragging rights and the game came down to a matter of pride.

Wayland jumped out in front in the top of the first with four big runs. J.J. Smith and Ethan Briggs both walked and Jason Page singled to load ‘em up. A free ticket to Curran Finn pushed the first run of the game home. Then with two outs Andrue Holbrook drilled a bases-clearing double making it 4-0. Dansville scored once in their half of the first when Masin Schuster legged out an infield hit, moved to second on an infield out, stole third and scored on Hunter Little's bouncer to short.

Wayland took the run back in their half of the second when Jeff Fox walked and came around as Briggs’s single was mishandled in the outfield. Coach Tom Mark’s team cut into the host team’s lead in the second when Tommy Wise and Frankie Mountzouros both walked. Schuster followed with a two-run double making it a 5-3 game. The maroon and gold rallied for those two runs back as well.

Finn singled to start the third and then southpaw batter Ben Clark went the opposite way and homered over the left field fence upping the lead to 7-3. Dansville proceed to tie the game in the bottom of the third, scoring four times. Walks to Tommy Linzy and Holden Schramm started the rally. Dylan Race singled one run home and a wild pitch scored another. Mountzouros and Schuster each doubled to tie the game up at 7-7.

Wayland regained the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring twice. Smith walked and came home on Page’s double. Page later scored on throwing error and the maroon and gold grabbed a 9-7 lead. Dansville wasn't through yet, as they would send 10 hitters to the plate while scoring six times to take the lead for good in the contest. Little sparked the big inning as he led things off with a single. After Linzy walked, Schramm's hit brought one home and an ensuing error alllowed another run to cross the plate to tie things up. Mountzorous infield hit scored one. Schuster followed with a two-run double and Hunter Wester stroked a run-producing double making it a 13-9 ballgame.

Wester came on in relief and slammed the door on the Wayland bats. The visitors attempted to tie the game in the top of the sixth in their final at-bat. Fox led off with a single and reached second on an error with two away a stolen base. A throwing error and a passed ball resulted in both runners scoring, making it 13-11. The Wayland stars later brought the tying run to the plate, but Dansville righty Wester recorded the final out as his team hung on for the win.

Wester recorded the pitching victory working three strong innings in relief as he gave up just two hits while striking out six and walking just one. The three runs against him were all unearned. Tom Linzy pitched the first three frames giving up seven runs (six earned) on five hits. He struck out seven and walked four. Holden Schramm threw to one batter, walking him and gave up a run. Dansville at the plate was led by Schuster’s 4-4 day including a pair of doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. Wester was 1-4 with a double and an RBI. Little was 1-4 with an RBI and scored once. Linzy scored twice. Schramm was 1-2 with an RBI and scored two runs. Race was 2-4 with a pair of RBIs and scored a run. Mountzouros was 2-3 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Danny Kaszuba and Wise each scored a run in the victory as well.

For Wayland, Briggs started and lasted two innings allowing five runs on two hits, while striking out two and walking five. Page came on for an inning-plus giving up four runs on four hits while striking out one and walking one. Clark absorbed the loss, working the last two innings and allowing four runs on five hits while striking out three without a walk. At the dish for the maroon and gold, Smith scored a pair of runs. Fox was 1-3 with a run scored. Briggs was 1-3 with two runs scored. Page was 2-4 with a double, an RBI and scored three times. Finn was 1-3 with an RBI and scored twice. Clark was 1-3 with a two-run homer. Holbrook was 1-2 with a double and three RBIs.

Dansville finished the 11-12-year-old tournament at 1-4, while Wayland was 0-5.