Union Hose 3 Dansville Lions 2
Following Dansvilles’ “Opening Day” Little League parade on Saturday (Apr. 30), fans were immediately treated to some pretty good baseball as the season’s opener turned into a great pitching duel, & was decided in the final inning when Union Hose plated a pair of runs in the top of the 6th & then set Lions down in order in the bottom half to secure a hard-fought 3-2 victory on Knox Street.
The game was well-played on both sides, especially for the opening game of the season for each team ! The pitching duel matched Union Hose’s Mike Suydam & Lioins’ Quinn Howe, who had some relief help from Billy Delaney after reaching his “pitch count” in the last inning. Each team had runners in scoring position in the opening 2 innings, but couldn’t break through. Finally in the top of the 3rd, the Hoser’s put up a single run as Hoser hurler Mike Suydam helped himself in a big way. He led the inning off with a single, & proceeded to steal his way around the bases…including home…to give Union Hose a 1-0 edge. Both pitchers remained “masterful” into the 5th when Lions roared in front when a pair of walks came back to haunt the Union Hose pitcher. After Colten Wentworth & Nate Lafaye both walked, Billy Delaney cashed them both in with a booming triple that cleared the bases & gave Dansville Lions a brief 2-1 lead. Union Hose came right back in what “would have been” their final at-bat. With one out Shane Crandall blasted a dramatic solo home run to tie the game ! Billy Delaney came on in relief & retired the next hitter on strikes. But then Union Hose became very patient at the plate & wound up giving Lions a “taste of their own medicine” as they would work out a pair of walks by Jace Cassata & Seth Malone. The big hit came off the bat of pitcher Mike Suydam who aided his own cause by clubbing a double giving the Hosers a thrilling 3-2 victory on opening day!
Mike Suydam notched the pitching victory economizing his pitches & going the distance working 6 strong innings allowing 2 earned runs on just 1 hit while striking out 16 & walking 4 in the contest. He also went 4-4 at the plate including the game winning double, an rbi, scored a run & stole 3 bases. Other Hoser heroes included…Devin Douglas 1-2 with a stolen base…J.J. Crissy also stole one base…Noah Clark added a hit & stole a base…Shane Crandall was 1-1 with the game-tying homer, with one rbi, scored a run & stole a couple of bases…Jace Cassata scored the game-winning run & also stole 3 bases on the day for coach Jim Sullivan’s Union Hose crew (1-0). Union Hose’s next outing will be on Thursday May 5th on Knox Street when they host Gunlocke’s from Wayland at 6pm.
For coach Mark Little’s Dansville Lions team….Quinn Howe started on the mound worked 5 1/3 innings giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, both earned, while fanning 6 & walking just 1. Billy Delaney closed things out with one strikeout, while giving up one hit & a pair of walks. Lions lone hit came off the bat of Billy Delaney, whose triple drove in both runs as Colten Wentworth & Nate Lafaye each crossed the plate. Dansville Lions takes on Shay’s on Sat. May 7th in the 9am game.