Dansville 4 Penn Yan 1

A pair of Mustang teams tangled at the net in the first round of the Section V Tennis Tournament on Tuesday (May 24) afternoon at “the Corral.” The red & black clad Mustangs would come away happy by winning 4 of the 5 matches on the afternoon in the battle of the horses. Coach Tracy Gregorius’ teams’ victory pushes them into the Semi-Finals on Wednesday (May 25) afternoon at Palmyra-Macedon for the chance to head to the finals.

Dansville stand-out Rhett Sullivan secured a win in 2nd singles to remain unbeaten (12-0) on the season as he shutout his Penn Yan opponent 6-0,6-0. Other victors included Phil Blum in 1st singles 6-3, 6-1…Vito Valpuesta-Blanco won in 3rd singles 6-0, 6-1…while 2nd doubles tandem Arthur Fox & Nick Vogler were also winners 7-6 (7-2) & 6-1. Penn Yan’s win came in first doubles as Garrett Warren & Keegan Baxter were victorious 7-5, 6-0.

J.H. Hoses Pros

Frank Williams —  Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Jackson Hose   19        Protectives    9

In Dansville Little League baseball action on Monday (May 23) night on Knox Street Jackson Hose won the battle of the fire companies as they doused Protectives by a final score of 19-9. J.H. coach Wayne Lemmon reported that everybody on his squad scored at least one run in the game while Collin Gray went the distance in getting the win on the hill striking out 11 along the way. Offensively Brandon Foster had 2 hits & drove in 4 runs to lead Jackson Hose’s attack.  Coach Lemmon added, ” I couldn’t be more proud of these youngsters with their great effort & growth so far this season.”


Dansville        4                Warsaw         1

“Are you ready for some….tennis?!” Didn’t Hank Williams Jr. sing that one too in regards to Monday night? He should have, because there are lots of folks celebrating a “Monday Night Party” following the wrap-up of the Dansville tennis team’s regular season with a 4-1 win over the Warsaw Tigers. Congratulations to coach Tracy Gregorius’ team who concluded the regular season with a record of 10-1. A special side-note was that Rhett Sullivan completed the regular season unbeaten at 11-0 heading into the sectionals !

In Monday (May 23) night’s action….Mustangs who out-matched their opponents were…

Phil Blum in 1st singles  6-0, 6-0

Rhett Sullivan in 2nd singles 6-0, 6-1

Vito Valpuesta-Blanco in 3rd singles (forfeit)  6-0, 6-0

Nick Vogler & Arthur Fox in 2nd doubles 6-0, 6-0.

Warsaw’s lone win came in 1st doubles where Matt Cicero & Zach Stone would win 6-4, 6-3.

Dansville hosts Penn Yan on Tuesday (May 24) in team sectionals starting at  4pm…..come on out & support the team !

Congrats Mustangs !


# 3     Leroy           4                  # 2   Wayland-Cohocton      3

The 3  “U’s” led to Wayland-Cohocton’s elimination from the Class B-2 Sectional Softball tournament in the semi-final round on Monday (May 23) afternoon at the “home of the Braves” in Canandiagua.  Uberty….undermines….&  undone !   Leroy hurler Ally Uberty took control of the game in the circle, which would “undermine” Wayland-Cohocton’s game plan of putting the ball in play & let the other team play defense. Finally, “undone” was the result as Leroy scored 3 unearned runs ( make it 4  U’s…”unearned”) in moving onto the Class B-2 title game in edging Way-Coh by a slim 4-3 final in Ontario County.

One of the things that Wayland-Cohocton (18-4) was able to do throughout the season, they did not do in this semi-final contest against a quick & crafty right-hander…was to utilize the “short game.”  The old saying about a “hard thrower” is “you can’t hit what you can’t see”. In this case you revised the terminology to say” you can’t  bunt or slap what you can’t get the bat on”!  The simple equation here is that Uberty struck out 17 hitters! So…only 4 of the outs in the game were handled by the “defense”. Seeing that Leroy committed 2 errors…that adds up to 6 plays they had to make. Figure the 2 fielding miscues in the 6….that figures out that Leroy mishandled 33% of the defensive chances they had…that is 1 in every 3.  I’m sure coach Mike Battaglia’s team is much better than that normally as they’re now 19-2….you don’t win that many games without “making some plays”.  In this game, that’s the way it figured out. Maybe if the Golden Eagles got their bats on the ball a little more frequently, the outcome could have been different. Way-Coh coach Dave Stewart cited that previous statement in his comments on the game….”we simply didn’t make the plays today.” He’s been around long enough to also know that you don’t give a quality hurler like Ally Uberty a lead to work with, or it makes for a very long night!

The game opened with a “bad omen” for the maroon & gold when the lead-off hitter, 7th grader Haley Papp looped a lazy fly ball to the outfield which was dropped. Moments later a wild pitch moved her to second. A sacrifice bunt by Taylor Sherman put the runner 60 feet away at 3rd. Ally Uberty showed she not only can do it in the circle, she can (& does ) do it at the plate too. First ball swinging she roped a liner to the gap in left centerfield for a double giving the Knights the lead. Another wild pitch moved courtesy runner Emily McVicker to 3rd.  Sophomore Jaidyn Smith came through with a clean single to left lifting Leroy to a 2-0 lead with a pair of unearned runs. Jessie Hammers cut the Oatkan Knights in half all by herself. The senior shortstop pushed down a roller 3rd base-way & beat it out. Stole second & on her steal of 3rd, the throw went into left field & Jessie got up & turned on the “after burners” to beat the throw to the plate making it a 2-1 game. Hammers would save a run in the next inning with her defense as Leroy had 2 outs & a runner at 2nd. Haley Papp hit a bouncer up the middle that Jessie dove for & knocked down. Hammers recovered & fired home to nip the runner at the plate. If the ball would have gone through into the outfield, that run would have scored easily. Star in the score book for that defensive gem!  Wayland-Cohocton would get a lead-off single from freshman Madison Gregorius to start the second inning. She would also steal 2 bases, but would be left hung out to dry at 3rd when Ally Uberty struck out the side!  The senior underhander helped herself again in the 3rd when she ripped a triple to the alley in right-center field.  Two pitches later Uberty would score on a wild pitch making it 3-1 Knights!  Leroy scored another one in the top of the 4th when Abby Dambra tripled to right field. When the ball was mishandled on the cut-off & relay back to the infield, coach Mike Battaglia gave her the “green light” at 3rd allowing the sophomore to “touch ’em all” on what would be scored a triple & an error giving the red & black a 4-1 advantage.

Wayland-Cohocton made a little bit of noise in an opportunistic fashion in their half of the 4th as they took advantage of what Leroy would give them. With one out, Hannah James was hit by a pitch on an  0-2 count.  She would steal second.  Then when Madison Gregorius hit a “come-backer” to the mound, the runner from second broke for third. The throw that way went awry allowing a run to score & put the hitter in scoring position at second. Shailynn Celentano’s infield grounder slid the runner over to 3rd. Alex Button stepped in & hit a bouncer off the bag at 3rd for a single which scored the 2nd run making it a 4-3 game.  In the top of the 5th Way-Coh’s defense again aided them when the lead-off hitter walked. On the first pitch there was a moment of indecision by the baserunner who bluffed a steal of second. Golden Eagles catcher Mia Forsythe made the right play  by racing out from behind the dish & running right at the runner making her  commit herself. The throw went to Jessie Hammers at shortstop.  (Who’s going to out run Jessie?) The senior shortstop chased the runner back to first, tagging her out to complete the “pick off”.   The Eagles momentum was “halted abruptly” when Ally Uberty went back out to the slab & proceeded to strikeout the side….again! The Golden Eagles would get yet another defensive game from shortstop Jessie Hammers in the 6th. With 2 gone, Abby Dambra hit a smash back up the middle…Hammers laid out for it smothering the ball. She quickly recovered & came up firing to first to get the out to retire the side!

The 6th would wind up being Way-Coh’s last real threat to tie the game up.  With one out Hannah James singled to left. Madison Gregorius’ grounder to the right side resulted in a fielders choice & an error when the throw to second to get the force play pulled the shortstop off the base allowing James to slide in safely.  Once again Ally Uberty reached back & came up with a “K” & then the final hitter battling off an O-2 pitch fouled it away & stepped on home plate in the process & was called “out”.  It looked like Leroy might get an insurance run in the top of the 7th when Julie Prinz blooped a double to right to lead the inning off.  Tori Trader’s sacrifice pushed the runner to 3rd with just 1 out.  This time Ashlee Schumacher came up with something extra & induced a lazy infield pop up, & an inning ending grounder.  Ally Uberty would finish things in 1-2-3 sequence as Leroy celebrated a hard-fought 4-3 win over Wayland-Cohocton to move onto the finals on Wednesday (May 25) while the Golden Eagles would wrap their season up in heartbreaking fashion.

Leroy (19-2) saw Ally Uberty notch the win in the circle with a complete game 4 hitter. She struck out 17 without walking anybody & hit one batter. All 3 runs against her were unearned. She also went 2-3 at the plate with a double, a triple, an rbi & scored a run. Haley Papp was 1-3 & scored a run…Taylor Sherman & Tori Trader each had sacrifices…Jaidyn Smith 1-3 with an rbi…Abby Dambra had a triple & scored a run…Julie Prinz had a double in 3 trips for the Oatken Knights. For Wayland-Cohocton, pitcher Ashlee Schumacher deserved a better fate as she threw 7 strong innings scattering 6 hits while striking out 10 & walking 2. Only one of the 4 runs against her was earned. Offensively for the Eagles… Jessie Hammers was 1-3 with a pair of stolen bases & scored a run…while making several fine defensive plays in the field as well. Hannah James 1-2 with a stolen base & scored a run….Madison Gregorius 1-3 with 2 steals & scored a run…Alex Button 1-3 with one stolen base & an rbi in the season’s finale.

Protectives Play Well in Pair

Frank Williams —  Monday, May 23, 2016


Despite dropping a pair of ballgames during the course of the week, Protectives from the Dansville Little League has shown some great improvement & the young team is gaining some valuable experience while touting some fine performances in those 2 games. Coach Don Mosko reported….

LMC       9                   Pros                  5

Coach Mosko noted, “this was probably one of our best games of the year. We had some great defense both in the infield & the outfield as well.” LMC had built a 6-0 lead going into the 3rd inning. Protectives came back & scored all 5 of their runs in the bottom of the 3rd to make it a  6-5 contest. LMC would score 3 more in the 6th as Pros put a scare into their opponents with an improved performance from the first time the 2 teams met. For Protectives….Nic Fisher was 1-3 with a 2-run triple & scored a run while making a fine defensive play in left field…Brady Race threw 3 innings & gave up just 1 run while going 1-2 at the plate & scoring a run…Reid Martin was 1-2 & scored a run…he struck out 3 in 2 solid innings on the mound….Ty Schirmer 2-3 & scored a run…Trevor Versluis went 3-3….Ben Everett also made a nice defensive play in center field while scoring a run in the game as well.

Moose     17                   Pros           7

Once again Moose took the early lead, only to see Protectives put some runs on the board late while coming up short in this one. For Pros….Trevor Versluis went 1-2 & drove in a pair of runs while throwing an inning striking out 2….Reid Martin was 1-1 & also threw an inning with 1-K….Nic Fisher, Logan Zepkowski & Ben Everett each scored a run…Ty Schirmer was 1-2 & scored a run…Brady Race pitched one inning & struck out 2….and Kyrstin Wolfanger knocked in a run.

Union Hosers Sink Shay’s

Frank Williams —  Monday, May 23, 2016


Union Hose 7 Shay’s 1

Solid pitching & defense seemed to be the secret of success for coach Jim Sullivan’s Union Hose team on Thursday (May 19) as they defeated Shay’s 7-1 in Dansville little league baseball action. Union Hose took control of things after scoring 5 times in the first inning. A couple of walks set the stage as Jace Cassata belted a double, while Shane Crandall, J.J. Chrissy, & Jacob O’Toole each stroked hits in the rally to put the Hosers in front. Sound defense & good pitching was the key to the rest on both sides of the coin. Union Hose added to their lead in the 4th as a pair of walks set the stage for a double by Jace Cassata & a Karter Everman single made it a 7-0 advantage. Shay’s would score their lone run in the top of the 5th when Alex Schuster doubled & later scored.

Union Hose’s hurlers were strong as starter Mike Suydam threw the first 2 2/3’s innings of scoreless baseball while giving up 3 hits, walking 2 & striking out 8. Shane Crandall worked the last 3 1/3 innings yielding 1 run on 2 hits. He struck out 7 & walked 4. On the offensive side for the Hosers…Jace Cassata 2-3 with a pair of doubles, scored a run & stole a base…Karter Everman 2-3 with 3 stolen bases…Shane Crandall had a hit, stole a base & scored a run…Seth Malone scored once with a couple of stolen bases…J.J. Chrissy 1-2 & scored a run…Eli Swyers scored a run & had a one stolen base…Jacob O’Toole 1-2 with a steal…& Devin Douglas added 2 stolen bases.

Bryce Applin threw the first inning & was relieved by Taylor Wolfanger who pitched the last 4 frames giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 9 & walking 7.

Shays was limited to 5 hits in the contest. Bryce Applin was 2-3 with pair of doubles…Alex Schuster had a double & scored Shay’s only run…Taylor Wolfanger & Mackenzie Boser had the other hits for coach Brian Applin’s club.


Moose 15 Cosal 11

Coach Mel Mensinger’s Moose team had their hands full in a back & forth battle with the Cohocton Sons of the American Legion (Wayland) on Saturday (May 21) on Knox Street. The teams went back & forth as the lead changed hands several times before the Antlers scored 5 times in the 5th to come away with an exciting 15-11 win over their Wayland opponents.

Cosal came out & established the momentum in the game by scoring 5 big runs in the top of the first to take the lead. The Wayland team would shut-out Moose in the bottom half & then tacked on 2 more to make it a 7-0 advantage before the Dansville team would get on the board. Strangely enough, Moose would score in every inning the rest of the way, while Cosal would fail to score only in the top of the 6th when they would most need to. Moose got a run back in the 2nd & Cosal re-established the lead with a run in the 3rd making it 8-1. Moose started to make their move with 5 in the 3rd & 4 more in the 4th to tie the game at 10-10. The Wayland based ballclub inched in front with a run in the 5th, but Moose took the lead once & for all in the home half of the 5th by scoring 5 times & closed the door in the 6th for a 15-11 victory at home.

Mel Mensinger’s club did the “pitching by committee” trick with Dylan Greene throwing 2 innings, & Dakota Donohue, Robert Balconi, Dustin Dudek, & Lucas Mensinger each tossing an inning. On the offensive side Dustin Dudek led the way going 3-3 & scoring twice…Dylan Greene was 2-3 with a double & a homer while scoring twice & stealing a base….Lucas Mensinger had a hit, stole 3 bases & scored two runs…Robert Balconi had a hit & scored a run….Cameron Delaney added a hit as well. Ryder Whitman scored twice & stole 2 bases…Carson Mays & Matt Fronk each scored once & had a pair of stolen bases…while Mark Sick, Jediel Parillo & Dakota Donohue all scored runs in the victory.


Union Hose 18 Dansville Lions 4

In little league baseball play on Saturday (May 21) Union Hose broke open a close game as their offense steadily built as the game wore on & went home with a convincing 18-4 win over Dansville Lions on Knox Street. UH starting pitcher Seth Malone overcame a shaky start & settled down to notch the win as Lions would roar in front scoring 3 times in the first & then regained the lead with a run in the 2nd inning. Malone slammed the door after that while Shane Crandall came on to finish the job by getting the final out in the game. Malone worked 3 2/3’s innings giving up 3 runs on 5 hits while fanning & & walking 5. Crandall pitched 1/3 striking out one & walked one.

Dansville Lions took the lead in the top of the first as Quinn Howe & Jonah Gray had hits to go along with a walk to D.J. Lamonte. Nate LaFaye had the big hit in the inning with a triple which put the cats in front 3-0. Union Hose took advantage of an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom half of the frame as a hit batsman, an error & a walk put the tying runners on board. J.J. Chrissy drilled a double that would knot things up. Coach Mark Little’s club was opportunistic in the top of the 2nd to take the lead when Quinn Howe tripled & an error would give Lions a short-lived 4-3 edge. Union Hose’s bats would then come alive as they would score 4 to take the lead in the bottom of the 2nd, & the proceeded to score 5 in the 3rd & tacked on 6 more to finish the job in the 4th while shutting down Lions attack.

Offensively for coach Jim Sullivan’s squad….Mike Suydam was 2-3 with a triple & scored 4 runs…Shane Crandall 2-3 with a homer & a double while scoring 3 times…Seth Malone helped his cause with a pair of stolen bases & scored 4 runs…Jace Cassata 2-4 with a double, 3 steals & scored a run…Peyton Mays scored a pair of runs…J.J.Chrissy 3-4 with a double…Eli Swyers scored a run & had 4 stolen bases…Karter Everman scored a run, while Devin Douglas crossed the plate twice.
For Dansville Lions…Quinn Howe & Jonah Gray went to the hill for a couple innings apiece. At the plate…Howe was 2-2, scoring a pair of runs & stealing 2 bases…D.J. Lamonte scored a run & stole a base…Jonah Gray was 1-3….Nate Lafaye 1-2 with a triple…Billy Delaney had a hit & stole one base…& Lucas Bevacqua had one stolen base.


Its “knitty gritty” time in the high school sports realm & the Dansville girls track & field team has been saving their best performances for last. The Livingston County event unfolded at Caledonia-Mumford Central School on Friday (May 20) night & when the smoke cleared, the Lady Mustangs had one champion & personal best showings in 11 different events! Coach Eileen McMaster had just 2 words for the performance…”Super impressive !”

Taking the top spot in the county for the 100 m hurdles was Leah Whiteman! Go Leah ! She would also help head up the list of “personal records” (PR’s) at the counties as well. She would also PR while taking 3rd in the 400 m hurdles as well. Samantha Miller would take 5th in both the 1500 m & 3000 m while hitting a personal best in the 1500 m & the 2000 m steeplechase. The 4 x 100 relay team (Gabby Anderson, Mackenzie Lawless, Rachel Drake & Leah Whiteman) not only took 5th, but also tied a personal record. The 4 x 400 relay squad (Gabby Anderson, Breigh Graves, Gwen Werth, & Rachel Drake) also finished 5th, but set themselves a new personal record with the run.

Coach Eileen also reported “personal record” performances from…Ellennia Jo Errington in the pentathalon…Katie Warner in the discus…Rachel Drake in the 400 m…Mackenzie Lawless in the 200 m…Breigh Graves in the 400 m hurles….& the 4 x 800 relay line-up (Breigh Graves, Alex Kendall, Gwen Werth, & Emma Beardsley) set a new personal standard as well.
The Lady Mustangs, among others will be headed off to the Sectionals this coming Friday (May 27) with over a dozen young ladies set to compete! Great job ladies & good luck !


NRW        2                      Dansville         1

Talk about “heartbreaking”…that perfectly describes the end of the Dansville Mustangs high school baseball campaign here in 2016 as the red & black had a stellar effort on the hill by senior right-hander Anthony Kanaval, but could only muster one run in support. The homestanding Cougars would plate the game-winner in the bottom of the 7th as the runner beat the potential “double-play” ball allowing the winning run to cross the plate in a 2-1 walk-off in Wayne County on Friday (May 20) afternoon. Yes, a long bus ride….but a longer one home.

Dansville head coach Tom Hober noted, “our kids played a great game today. Anthony pitched his heart out & we couldn’t get the hits we needed. We played great defense, made some key plays when we needed to. But that’s the game of baseball, you get some tough breaks.” The game was a scoreless deadlock until the bottom of the 5th when North Rose-Woolcott broke through & plated the first run of the game.  The Mustangs knotted things up in the top of the 6th as Hunter Stone worked out a walk. Tommy Wise came on to run for him. The next  pitch was in the dirt & moved the runner into scoring position at second.  Derek Wampole then hit a seeing-eye shot in the hole which was back handed by the shortstop & then thrown away, allowing the tying run to score. It looked like the Mustangs might have a chance in extra innings after the green & black loaded the bases with one out. The next hitter hit a bouncer to short, the flip went to second to start the “potential” double-play…..but the runner beat the relay to first as the game-winning run crossed the plate & NRW moved on with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.  Anthony Kanaval pitched well enough to win, working  6 2/3 strong innings yielding just 1 earned run while striking out 8 along the way & walking 4. Derek Wampole had the lone run. Coach Hober reflected back on the season…” I want to tell you, these kids battled this year. Sure there were some games we felt we should have won, & there were others when we were opportunistic & took advantage of the other team’s mistakes & won. We couldn’t have asked any more of this group, they worked hard, played hard, got along with one another, & they gave it all every game….there’s nothing more I can ask as a coach.”