Geneseo Baseball Secures Division III Title !

Frank Williams —  Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Geneseo 3 York 1

Livingston County Division III has a 2013 baseball champion. Its the Geneseo Blue Devils! Coach Chuck Nesbitt & his troops had locked up at least a tie for the top spot with their 15-0 win over Perry on Monday (May 13). On Tuesday (May 14th) the “rivalry resumed” between York and Geneseo…this time the stakes were high for the Blue Devils with title aspirations on the line. Both teams went to their “aces” for this heralded match-up. The first game went Geneseo’s way 3-0 at the “Round Table in Retsof”. This time around the venue was the “Devils’ Den” and the results weren’t much different. York would score early, & Geneseo would score late to win both the game (3-1), and the D-3 Championship outright.
With pitchers the quality of Tyler Shutts for York, and Geneseo’s Ben Kelly, the “M.O.” is usually the same….”you have to get to them early”. That’s what York managed to do, but the Blue Devils would get the timely hitting the latter stages on this day. The Golden Knights struck first in the opening inning and had a chance to open things up, but had to settle for a single run against Geneseo starter Ben Kelly. An infield error on a ball hit by Patrick Dishaw with one out got things started for the purple and gold. Dishaw would steal second, and then Brett Curtis would draw a walk putting runners at first and second. Geneseo first baseman Devon Welch made a great play on a smash hit by Tyler Shutts to take away a base hit and surely a run as the runners moved up to second and third. With the count 0-2 on Andrew Short, the pitch would sail over the batters head and to the backstop as the run came home on the wild pitch. Geneseo would threaten in the second , but would leave two runners on. York would see a pair of their rallies get snuffed out as Blue Devils sophomore catcher Corey Valentine would gun down one runner at second to end the 3rd, and completed a “strike out double play” when he nailed a runner at third to end the fourth. Geneseo had one of their rally nipped in the bud when the York defense turned a 4-6-3 double play to end the 3rd inning.
After the Blue Devils squelched York’s fourth inning uprising in scoreless fashion, the blue & white took that momentum with them to the plate where they would pull ahead in the game for good. Granger Flint opened with a single & Jake Clar ran for him. Trevor Mothersell replaced the runner at first after bouncing into a force play. Ryan LaGrou ripped an 0-1 pitch into the alley in left centerfield putting runners at second and third. With two outs Jake Vattimo stepped in and promptly got behind in the count 0-2. Coach Chuck Nesbitt called the infielder down the third base line for a moment. A couple pitches later & Vattimo lined one down the right field line that would score both runs making it a 2-1 game in favor of Geneseo. The Blue Devils would add an insurance run in the home half of the 6th when Granger Flint legged out an infield hit. Jake Clar ran & was sacrificed to second. Ryan LaGrou followed with a run scoring hit to center making it a 3-1 game. That’s the way it would finish up as Ben Kelly set the Knights down in the 7th as the senior right hander didn’t allow a hit since the 3rd inning in recording the win.
Geneseo (14-3, 6-1) saw Kelly record the win on the hill with seven strong innings of one-hit baseball as he struck out 10 and walked 2 while allowing an unearned run. Offensively for the Blue Devils, Ryan LaGrou was 2-2 with a double and an rbi as he scored a run and had a sacrifice. Granger Flint was 2-3. Jake Vattimo 1-3 with a pair of runs batted in. Trevor Mothersell was 1-2 with a sacrifice and a run scored. Ben Kelly also was 1-3 and Jake Clar scored a run for coach Chuck Nesbitt who’s been on both sides of this rivalry. Geneseo will play Bath at home on Thursday and completes a suspended game with Pavilion at home on Friday to wrap up the regular season.
For York (8-8, 3-4) Tyler Shutts took the hard luck loss working six innings, allowing seven hits, three earned runs, while striking out five and walked two. For the Knights, Patrick Dishaw had the lone hit and scored the only run for the purple and gold. York hosts Pavilion on Wednesday & Leroy on Thursday.