Dansville Lions win Little League Championship
The Dansville Little League's top spot was on the line in the title test on Tuesday night on Knox Street. A pair of teams who had seen each other four times during the course of the regular season squared off once more as Dansville Lions tangled with Union Hose. The one game the Firemen won was a lopsided affair (16-3), but Lions won the other three, two of them in extra innings (10-8, 8-7, and 10-5) in fairly close contests. However, on this night the Cats would come out on top again, and this one was not close as Lions roared to a 15-4 win to claim the 2015 Little League Crown.
It didn't take long for coach Jay Gregorius' team to get going as they plated three runs in the top of the first. Mackenzie Johnson-Boser helped her own cause by getting the rally started with a one-out double that was mishandled in the outfield allowing her to take third. Ryan Carnevale singled home the first run of the game. Following another Union Hose error, Gage Sherer's hit drove in a second run. A wild pitch helped set up Jimmy Meter's run scoring single making it 3-0.
Mackenzie Johnson-Boser struggled with her control in the bottom of the first by hitting a batter and walking two to load the bases with nobody out. Coach Jay came out and said some "magic words" to her and the hard-throwing right-hander came back and struck out the next two hitters and got the final out on an infield grounder as she escaped without the Hosers scoring.
Lions loaded the bases themselves in the second, but had a runner thrown out at the plate in the inning as it would mark the only frame in the game that the cats did not score. In the third the black and white were on the board again when Jonah Gray opened with a single. With two outs Owen Fredericy walked and a wild pitch moved both runners up. Tayor Wolfanger stroked a single up the middle to chase home both runs making it a five-run lead. Three more crossed the plate in the top of the fourth when Mackenzie Johnson-Boser ripped a triple to right-center to light the fuse. Ryan Carnevale's hit scored the first run. Then, Gage Sherer hit one in the alley and “touched 'em all" in an inside-the-park two-run homer extending the lead to 8-0. Lions batted around for the second time in the fifth when they scored five more times. With one out Owen Fredericy doubled up the right field line. Taylor Wolfanger reached on an error that would score one run. A stolen base and a wild pitch later, MacKenzie Johnson-Boser's infield grounder pushed the run home. Ryan Carnevale got it going again with a single and stole second. Gage Sherer walked and then Jimmy Meter and Jonah Gray would each single home runs making it 13-0. Union Hose broke through and scored an unearned run in the fifth. Cam Cartwright reached second on on an error, moved to third on Shane Crandall's ground-out and scored on a fielders choice on a ball hit by J.J. Chrissy. Lions scored two more in the sixth with two outs. Taylor Wolfanger singled and stole second. Mackenzie Johnson-Boser singled home one run and moments later Ryan Carnevale duplicated the feat.
Union Hose scored three in their last at bat on walks to Calib Wolfe, Karsten Petti, Mike Suydam, and Shane Crandall. An error and a wild pitch also figured in the scoring as Lions would claim the crown by a final count of 15-4.
Coach Gregorius' club broke out the big bats as they collected 17 hits in the game. Taylor Wolfanger was 2-for-4 with two RBI, scored twice and had two stolen bases. Mackenzie Johnson-Boser was 3-for-5 with a triple and a double driving in two runs and scoring three times. Ryan Carnevale was 4-for-4 with three runs scored and drove in two and stole a base. Gage Sherer was 2-for-2 with an inside-the-park two run homer, drove in three and scored three runs. Jimmy Meter was 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored a run. Jonah Gray was 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored once, while Owen Fredricy was 1-for-3 with a double and scored twice. Lions ( 9-6) now will battle the Wayland Champion on Monday (June 22) on Knox Street at 6 p.m. On the pitching side of things, Mackenzie Johnson-Boser notched the win working 4.1 innings allowing one unearned run on four hits. She struck out nine and walked two. Jim Meter came on in relief to pitch 1.2 innings giving up three runs on two hits, while fanning one and walking four.
For Coach Jim Sullivan's Union Hosers (7-8), Mike Suydam threw the first 2.2 innings and suffered the loss as he gave up four runs on six hits, he struck out five and walked four. Jake Avery took over and pitched the last 3.1 innings yielding 11 hits, striking out six and walking two. Offensively, the Firemen only mustered six hits in the game. Jake Avery was 1-for-2 with a triple. Cam Cartwright scored two runs. Karsten Petti and Mike Suydam each scored a run as Karter Everman was 2-for-3. J.J. Chrissy was was 1-for-3 and drove in a run. Noah Clark was 1-for-1. Nick Teachout was 1-for-1 with a double. Shane Crandall also stole a base for Union Hose in their season finale.