Geneseo 9-10’s Down Dansville

Frank Williams —  Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Geneseo 14 Dansville 3

The Geneseo Little League All-Stars scored “lots late” & sealed a convincing 14-3 victory over Dansville in District # 3 baseball action on Monday (June 27) night on Knox Street. The blue & white scored 3 times in the top of the first to take an early lead. Dansville responded as Mason Mann walked & would later score on a passed ball making it 3-1. Geneseo tacked on 2 in the 2nd & then pitching & defense took over until the visitors exploded for 5 runs in the 4th & 4 more in the 5th to “seal the deal” in a lopsided 14-3 final.

For Dansville Mason Mann & Robert Balconi each had a hit & scored a run…Zander Foster had the other hit & added a stolen base while Dustin Dudek also scored once for the red & black. Dansville visits Oakfield in 9-10 year old action on Wednesday night at 6pm. The Dansville 11-12 year old all-stars open play in Batavia on Thursday (June 30) night at 6pm.

Union Hose Team

Picture of Dansville 11-12 yr old all-stars 2016

DVILLE Allstarts

first row left to right
Quinn Howe, Nate Lafaye, Devin Douglas,Taylor Wolfanger,Billy Delaney, Bryce Applin
second row left to right
Manager Mark Little, Mackenzie Johnson-Boser,Jonah Gray,Shane Crandall,Jace Cassata,Mike Suydam, Coach Brian Applin, not in picture Jake Smith
June 30th @ Batavia
July 2nd home vs Leroy
July 5th @ Oakfield
July 7th home vs Geneseo

I recall many, many years ago (before electronic games & cell phones) when the District # 3 Little League baseball tournament had 11 teams in it. The brackets had to be broken into a pair of divisions…one had 5 teams & the other had 6. In the end the top spot winners would play-off to determine who would be the District # 3 tournament champions.

Much of that same procedure is in place, with the exception of the fact that there are now only 5 teams left & there is one lone bracket. What’s that old saying…”that was then, this is now?” How true it is ! Here in 2016 the District # 3 Tournament is set to get underway as 9 & 10 year old teams and 11 & 12’s will be taking to the diamond with the “best of the best” selected in each league.

This year’s 9-10 year old schedule for Dansville shapes up this way….

Mon. June 27- Geneseo at Dansville 6pm

Wed. June 29-Dansville at Oakfield 6pm

Fri. July 1- Leroy at Dansville 6pm

Sun. July 3- Dansville at Batavia 2pm.

*Mon. July 11- Championship T.B. A. *

The Dansville 9-10’s are managed by Mel Mensinger with assistant coaches Tim Mann & Mark Whitman.

The roster includes Robert Balconi, Zaiden Blackmon, Ben Coffey, Dustin Dudek, Zander Foster, Nathaniel Gardner, Collin Gray, Dylan Greene, Mason Mann, Reid Martin, Lucas Mensinger, Ty Schirmer, & Ryder Whitman.

This year’s 2106 11 & 12’s are managed by Mark Little, with assistant coach Brian Applin… the team consists of the following players….Bryce Applin, Mackenzie Johnson-Boser, Shane Crandall, Devin Douglas, Jonah Gray, Quinn Howe, Nathan LaFaye, Jacob Smith, Michael Suydam, Taylor Wolfanger, Billy Delany, & Jace Cassata. round out Dansville’s entry this year’s entry.

The 11-12’s slate reads this way…

Thur. June 30- Dnasville at Batavia 6pm

Sat. July 2- Leroy at Dansville 2pm

Tue. July 5- Dansville at Oakfield 6pm

Thur. July 7- Geneseo at Dansville 6pm

Tues. July 12- *Championship Game* T.B.A.

Wayland Lions “Roar” to Title Win

Frank Williams —  Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Wayland Lions 15 Union Hose 6

On Tuesday night (June 21) at Victory Park, a pair of teams clashed for the 3rd time this season with the combined Major League championship on the line. Union Hose, the Dansville majors champ, & Wayland Lions, who took the top spot on top of the hill had split during the regular season as each team won at home against the other. Union Hose won on Knox Street early in the season 6-5, while the Wayland Lions prevailed late in the season at Victory Park 15-5. The 3rd time around moreso resembled the latter contest. Tuesday’s battle would seemingly be divided into 2 different games….the first inning & a half where Union Hose would score 6 of the games first 8 runs and take a 6-2 lead…and the remaining 4 innings where the Lions roared from behind to score the game’s last 13 runs while Union Hose would be hand-cuffed without a hit. Coach Tim Willis’ club would break open a close 7-6 game by scoring 8 times in the bottom of the 5th as the Wayland Lions would score a bunch of insurance runs to ice away a lopsided 15-6 victory & win the crown.
In the top of the first Union Hose took the lead when Shane Crandall & Seth Malone each worked out walks, & with 2 outs J.J. Chrissy’s hit to right would plate both runs. In the home half of the inning Wayland Lions would knot things up. Robby Conrad walked, & an infield grounder plus a pair of wild pitches would bring him home. Mason Willis knotted thing up with deep fly ball to right field that landed at the base of the wall & would go for an inside-the-park home run to tie the game at 2-2. The Dansville entry scored 4 times in the top of the 2nd to push out in front again. Karter Everman walked, went to 2nd on a wild pitch & scored on a Mike Suydam single. After Shane Crandall walked, Noah Clark’s hit pushed pair of runs home & a steal of home would put the Hosers up 6-2 !

From that moment on, you could feel the momentum begin to shift very quickly in the game in favor of the home team. Wayland Lions would cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the 2nd without virtue of a hit. Nate Smalt would strike out, but reached on the dropped 3rd strike. After Thomas Mead reached on an infield error, the first runner would be cut down at the plate trying to score on a wild pitch as Union Hose catcher Devin Douglas flipped to Seth Malone who tagged out the sliding baserunner for the out. The Dansville team would commit 2 more fielding miscues that lead to 2 runs making it a 6-4 game. Mason Willis took over on the hill for starter Nate Smalt & would “slam the door” soundly on the Hosers’ hit parade. The cats would take the lead for good in the bottom of the 3rd when Nick Belander led off with a walk & moved to 2nd on a wild pitch. He would score on a Mason Willis triple. An errant throw back to the pitcher got loose in the infield allowing the tying run to race home. Moments later with 2 outs Nate Smalt singled & took 2nd on a wild pitch, then was brought home on Thomas Mead’s double giving the yellow & black a 7-6 lead that they would never relinquish.
The game quickly turned into a pitching duel as both hurlers started tossing goose-eggs up on the board. Union Hose threatened to tie the game in the top of the 5th as a walk, a fielders choice & an error would put runners at 2nd & 3rd. With 2 outs a ball got loose behind the plate, but Lions backstop Nate Smalt flipped to Mason Willis to lay the tag on the potential tying run to end the inning, & the threat. The momentum immediately started to flow Lions’ way in the bottom half of the 5th when Union Hose put in a relief pitcher, & the Wayland team would send 12 hitters to the plate, & instead of scoring “an insurance run”….Lions scored a “bunch of insurance runs!” Mason Hillier’s little infield chopper turned into an infield hit & lit the fuse on an 8-run outburst. Following a sequence of walks, errors, wild pitches & passed balls, Wayland Lions would get 2-run hits from Nate Smalt, who doubled home 2, and Mason Hillier’s second hit of the inning brought home 2 more as Lions “roared” to a convincing 15-6 final & a combined title as well !
For coach Tim Willis’ team Mason Willis would get the win in relief as he threw 4 shutout, no hit innings of baseball while striking out 10 & walking 2. Nate Smalt started & worked 2 innings allowing 6 runs on 4 hits while striking out 6 & walking 4. On the pitching tab for Union Hose, starter Seth Malone would suffer the loss as he went 4 innings allowing 7 runs, only 4 earned on 4 hits while fanning 9 & walking 2. J.J. Chrissy came on & gave up 8 unearned runs on 3 hits while striking out 2 & walking 2. Devin Douglas came on the record the final illusive out in the 5th on bouncer back to the mound.

On the offensive side for the Wayland Lions Robbie Conrad, Nick Belanger, & Dominic Swain each scored a pair of runs. Mason Hillier was 2-4 with 2 rbis & scored twice…Mason Willis was 2-4 with a homer & a triple while scoring 2 & driving in 2….Nate Smalt 2-3 with a double, 2 rbis & scored a pair…Thomas Mead had a double, scored 2 runs & stole a base in the victory. Union Hose had only 3 hits in the game, & they all came in the first 2 frames. Mike Suydam was 1-2 with an rbi & scored a run…Shane Crandall scored a pair of runs & stole a base…Noah Clark was 1-3 with an rbi & scored once….while J.J. Chrissy was 1-3 with 2 runs batted in. Wayland Lions finished the season at 12-3, while Union Hose’s campaign closed with a record of 10-4.


# 1 Union Hose 18 # 2 Shay’s 2

Well, the “third time” was NOT the charm for Shay’s on Friday (June 17) night on Knox Street as they tangled with Union Hose with the Dansville Little League Majors crown on the line. The Hosers won the 2 previous meetings during the regular season by scores of 7-1(May 22) & 12-1 (June 1) ….& this time the “tables would tip” in the same direction as Union Hose scored in every inning & capped things off with an 8-run 4th inning en route to an 18-2 victory to sweep Shay’s for the title. Coach Jim Sullivan’s squad received some good pitching from Mike Suydam, some fine defense, & plenty of run-production to back it all up.

Shay’s would score first in the game in the opening inning as a pair of early fielding miscues lead to the first run of the game. Alex Schuster opened with a single & was erased on a force play. Moments later a pick-off play at first went awry when the ball sailed down the right field line allowing the runner to head to 3rd where an errant throw sent Bryce Applin home making it 1-0 Truckers. Union Hose took the lead for good in the bottom half & scored 3 times without virtue of a hit. Mike Suydam, Shane Crandall & Noah Clark all walked to load the bases as a wild pitch plated the tying run. Infield grounders by J.J. Chrissy & Jace Cassata scored the other 2. Shay’s scored a 2-out run in the 2nd while the potential tying run was gunned down at the plate by Union Hose centerfielder Shane Crandall. Kyle Porter walked & with 2 outs Zach Smith also drew a free-ticket. Alex Schuster’s double scored Porter, but the 2nd runner became the 3rd out at the dish on fine throw by the Union Hose centerfielder to end the potential rally.

Union hose took the “defensive momentum” & translated into “offensive production” as the green & white would score 3 more in the 2nd, all with 2 outs. Mike Suydam drew a walk & stole second. Shane Crandall beat out an infield hit. An error ensued allowing one run to score. Then Noah Clark clubbed a triple to drive in another run. The throw to 3rd got away & Clark completed the circuit making it 6-2. Shay’s would load the sacks in the 3rd, but would fail to score as the 3rd out was recorded at the plate when a pitch got away, but catcher Devin Douglas flipped to Mike Suydam who tagged the sliding baserunner out to end the threat. Union Hose scored 3 more in the 3rd…J.J. Chrissy doubled & then Jace Cassata singled. A pair of errors & a bases loaded walk to Devin Douglas pushed another one home extending the lead to 9-2.

In the 4th Union Hose sent 12 hitters to the plate in scoring 8 times to put the wraps on the trophy. Two hit batsmen & a pair of walks forced a run home as Peyton Mays picked up an rbi. Mike Suydam’s single scored one & a wild pitch scored another. Shane Crandall came up with 2 on & 2 outs & crushed a shot over the left centerfield fence onto Knox Street for a 3-run homer. The Hosers would regenerate the rally with 2 outs as Allen Luxon forced in a run with a walk & then Jace Cassata’s 2-run single would end it with the lopsided final 18-2 as Union Hose claimed the Major League Title !

Mike Suydam notched the win on the hill for Union Hose (10-3) as he went the distance allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, on 2 hits….struck out 9 & walked 6. He also had a hit, drove in a run & scored 3 times while stealing 2 bases as well. Shane Crandall was 2-3 with a 3-run homer & scored a trio of times….Noah Clark 2-2 with a triple, scored 3 runs & drove one run in…Seth Malone & Peyton Mays each scored a run…J.J. Chrissy 2-4, knocking in a run & scored twice…Allen Luxon scored a run & drove one in…Jace Cassata 2-3 with 3 rbis & scored 2 runs…Eli Swyers also scored a pair of runs in the victory. Union Hose visits Wayland Lions at Victory Park on Tuesday (June 21) to decide the “combined” Major League Championship. Game time is at 6pm.

Shays ended their season (5-9) with a trio of hurlers heading to the hill as Taylor Wolfanger started, & then Bryce Applin & Jake Smith each spent time on the mound. Offensively for coach Brian Applin’s club, Alex Schuster went 2-2 with a double & drove in a run. Applin would scored one run & Kyle Porter scored the other.

Food Mart Takes U-10 Final

Frank Williams —  Friday, June 17, 2016

Wayland Food Mart 8 Rauber’s 7

The Wayland Little League’s “10 & Under” title goes to Food Mart after the Marketeers edged Raubers 8-7 in the title game at Victory Park on Wednesday night (June 15) at Victory Park. The game was a close contest & both teams battled it out till the end. Coaches Jason Trischler, Sam Wallace, & Joe O’Neal were proud of their teams’ effort as they wound up the season with the title while posting a record of 7-4-1 for the season.

Congratulations to the Wayland Youth 10-U champions….Hunter Trischler, Markus Brehm, Logan Aldrich, Sam Romano, Zac Green, Kyler Collins, Landon Joseph, Joe O’Neal Jr., Memphis Collen, Eli Vossburg, Aidan Stephens, & J.T. Nickels.

Wayland Lions “Roar” To Title Win

Frank Williams —  Thursday, June 16, 2016

Wayland Lions 5 5-Star Bank 1

On Wednesday (June 15) night the Wayland Lions “roared” to the Major League Championship in the Wayland Little League with a hard-fought 5-1 win over 5-Star Bank at Victory park. Lions coach Tim Willis noted the game was a pitching duel until the 4th when the cats tore things open with 4 big runs to take the lead. Mason Hillier singled to lead things off & then Mayson Willis broke the scoreless tie when he went “yard” making it a 2-0 affair. Lions didn’t stop there Evan Gotshall walked & then Nate Smalt doubled him home. Smalt utilized his speed in stealing 3rd & then scored on Thomas Mead’s single making it 4-0. Lions finished the scoring in the top of the 5th when Mayson Willis doubled in the alley in left-center, stole 3rd & scored on Nate Smalt’s infield grounder.

Wayland Lions, in claiming the title, will host the combined Major League Championship game on Tuesday (June 21) night at 6pm against the Dansville champs.

LMC Edges Pros in Playoff Opener

Frank Williams —  Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LMC 9 Protectives 8

The Dansville Little League season ended on Monday (June 13) night for Protectives while the campaign was prolonged by LMC on Knox Street as the Machinists tacked on 3 big runs in the 5th for a 9-8 victory in the single-elminiation round of the Advanced Minor League playoffs.

The contest see-sawed back & forth as both teams would have the lead a some point in the game. Early on LMC took a 2-0 lead scoring single runs in each of the first 2 innings. Protectives slipped ahead with a 3-spot in the 3rd, but LMC bounced right back scoring 4 times in the 3rd regaining a short-lived 7-3 lead. Coach Don Mosko’s club got hot at the plate in the 4th & batted around to score 5 times to take an 8-7 edge. The lead was safe until the bottom of the 5th when LMC scored 3 times to close the door on things as Pros couldn’t plate the tying run in the 6th as the final would remain 9-8.

Highlights for Protectives saw Trevor Versluis start on the hill & work into the 3rd picking up 3 K’s. Reid Martin took over & went the rest of the way & struck out 7 in his stint on the mound. Offensively for the firemen…Nic Fisher was 2-3 & scored twice…Parker Howard 1-2 & drove in 2 runs….Logan Zepkowski 1-2 with a couple of rbis & scored a pair of runs….Reid Martin was 2-2 & scored two runs…& Trevor Versluis went 1-4. Coach Mosko stated, ” this was probably the best all-around game we played this year, especially defensively.”

LMC will move on to play in the Dansville Advanced Minors title game on Thursday (June 16th) at 6pm on Knox Street.

Its never too early to be thinking about basketball….at least that’s what Wayland-Cohocton hoop coach Jeff Englert’s philosophy is. The dates have been set for the rapidly-approaching Wayland-Cohocton Basketball Camp which will be held at the Field House Monday through Thursday June 27th-30th. The camp is for boys & girls going into grades 3-8. Sessions will run from 9am till noon each day with top-notch guests & coaches on hand. Collegiate stand-outs Alyssa Englert-University of Hartford…Evan Englert- Carnegie Melon University…along with Section V Hall of Fame coach Al Best. Camp directors will be Jeff Englert & Steve Wager, with the staff consisting of program coaches Al Best, Brent Owens & Terry Brown.

Coach Englert noted that there’ll be great instruction & opportunities to improve skills along with a chance to learn more about the game itself. There’ll be foul shooting contests, one-on-one, 2 on 2, hot-shot, elimination & some 5-on-5 games as well. A free camp t-shirt will be included with the registration fee of $60. per camper (if registered by June 18th). Late registrations will cost $65. Send checks made payable to “W.C.C.S. Boys Basketball” to Jeff Englert c/o Wayland-Cohocton Central School, 2350 Route 63, Wayland, N.Y. 14572. Registrations may also be sent to school with students. For more information call 585-728-2551.