Dansville Gliders honor Jon Shay before Father's Day game

Ridgemen rally past Gliders for 9-8 win

By Frank Williams
The Express
Kalix Smith throws out the ceremonial first pitch Sunday at Babcock Park representing the American Red Cross as Dansville hosted Rochester on Father's Day.

DANSVILLE — On Father's Day, it was appropriate to honor a man who was not just a biological father, but also a father to many people, projects and organizations in the area for many years.

The Dansville Gliders baseball team paid honor to the late Jon Shay and his family prior to Sunday's game at Babcock Park before a packed house. If there was one man who lived by the phrase "give back to the community," it was Jon Shay. Matter of fact, many of the projects and endeavors he started are still in motion today, thanks in part to many people who have adopted his mentality of always "giving back." I honestly believe the name Jon Shay is in some way, shape and form involved with everything that is good in the Dansville area. They shouldn't have just done one night to honor him, but a week or two! Honestly!

On the ball diamond the Gliders came out hot at the plate but the visiting Rochester Ridgemen doused the flames and came back from a 7-2 deficit to sadden "Shay Night" for Dansville as the city squad went home with a come-from-behind 9-8 victory over the host team.

Dansville Gliders general manager Steve Ackley dedicates Friday's game to Jon Shay before the Gliders hosted Rochester on Sunday.

Rochester plated a run in the first when Tyler Estabrook walked, stole second and rode home on a Walker Hennon double. The Gliders drifted into the lead with two of their own in the bottom half with a two-out rally. Tyler Ross walked and was singled to third by Nolan Elmore. A double-steal tied the game and a Logan Burrill single gave the red & black the lead.

Dansville exploded for five runs in the second by batting around. Jack Baker singled, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a hit by Alfred Hoti. After Zach Clough singled, Kyle Gurney unloaded a three-run homer down the left field line to add to the lead. The final run would score on singles by Tyler Ross, Nolan Elmore and Jared Coppola making it a 7-1 game.

The Ridgemen scored four of their own in the top of the third as Brandon Moore doubled home two runs, and Walker Hennon and Derek Wood each lifted sacrifice flies to put the Ridgemen back in the game with the score now 7-5. 

Dansville would score another in the third without virtue of a hit. Lorenz Frazier was hit by a pitch. Following a wild pitch and a walk to Zach Clough the pair pulled off the double-steal successfully making it an 8-5 game.

Sadly enough for Dansville, they would get all nine of their hits in those first two innings, and didn't get another one the rest of the night. Rochester plated the tying runs in the sixth on hits by James Jauz and Travis Miller. Coach Brett Cook's team would get the game-winner in the top of the sevent  when Derek Wood walked, Qynton Davis was hit by a pitch. A force play knocked down the middle man, and then Luke Benfield's sacrifice fly to left field brought home the final run of the game in a 9-8 Ridgeman win.

Rochester relievers David Anthony and Robert Schwarz would work 7 2/3 innings of hit-less baseball the rest of the way as Schwarz picked up the win. Rochester improved to 4-9-1.

Dansville fell to 3-6 on the season as Glider highlights saw Nolan Elmore go 2-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. Kyle Gurney clubbed a three-run homer. Alfred Hoti, Logan Burrill and Jared Coppola each had run-scoring hits, while Zach Clough, Tyler Ross and Jack Baker each added hits. Lorenz Frazier scored a run and had a stolen base for Dansville.

Dansville Gliders general manager Steve Ackley, left, dedicates Friday's game to Jon Shay before the Gliders hosted Rochester on Sunday.

The Gliders continued their four-game homestand Monday as they hosted the route 36 rival Hornell Dodgers. On Tuesday they head to Wayland-Cohocton's "Nest" to entertain the Mansfield Destroyers, and Hornell is back at Babcock Park on Wednesday with all three games at 5 p.m.