If there was anybody who was going to hit the lottery this past week, my bet would have been on Union Hose coach Jim Sullivan. Why? Because his team played a pair of games & in each one, the Unionized Hosers would come from behind & score the game-winning run in their final at bat ! Some teams might be fortunate enough to have that happen once a season, but twice in one week??!!! The Wayland opponents who were on the short side each time must have felt like they were both snake-bitten. I have to hand it to coach Sullivan & his team, they had some key hits in “clutch” situations !
Union Hose 11 St. George 10
On Knox Street Union Hose would gain the upper hand in their game on Friday the 13th (of May) as in the bottom of the first Mike Suydam doubled to lead things off. Shane Crandall would reach base, & then J.J. Crissy’s single put the Dansville team in front 2-0. That lead would be very short-lived as a series of walks brought St. George’s even. After chasing the starter, the Wayland team would greet the reliever with doubles by Kyle Gammel & Mical Markel to cap a big 7-run rally giving the guys on the hill the lead. As fate would have it, Union Hose would not lay down & die as they came back with 5 of their own to tie the game in the home half of the 2nd. A couple of “free tickets” set the stage, & then singles by Mike Suydam & Shane Crandall, along with a J.J. Crissy double tied the score at 7-7 through 2 innings of play.
Middle relievers would take over the game in the 3rd, 4th & much of the 5th to stymie a couple of scoring opportunities on each side. Each team scored a run in the 5th Jacob Piffer & Kyle Gammel had back-to-back doubles to take the lead for St. George. In the bottom half Jace Cassata was hit by a pitch & later scored on a Mike Suydam single to re-tie the game at 8-8 !
St. George was right back at it in the 6th scoring 2 more runs. A walk to Brady Newton lit the fuse as hits by Jacob Piffer, Darnell Willis, & Thomas Palmer put the morticians on top 10-8 with 3 outs left. Remember that old Yogi-ism….”its not over, till its over ?” Truer words were never spoken. Union Hose came storming right back in what proved to be their last at bat. Singles by Shane Crandall, Seth Malone, & Eli Swyers coupled with a stolen base or two would tie the game up. Moments later an Allen Luxon hit made him a hero, & Union Hose a winner 11-10 in a wild & wooley affair !!
Coach Sullivan was trying to “mix & match” on the mound as 4 pitchers took to the slab J.J. Chrissy opened, followed by Jace Cassata, Mike Suydam, & Shane Crandall who would be the recipient of those winning runs in the 6th. Offensively Mike Suydam 3-3 with a double, 2 steals & scored twice…Devin Douglas scored a run…Shane Crandall was 2-3, scoring 3 runs & stealing a couple of bags…JJ Chrissy 2-4 doubled & stole a pair of bases….Seth Malone 1-1 & 2 runs scored & a couple of stolen bases…Eli Swyers 1-1 with a run & 2 steals…Allen Luxon 1-2 with game winning rbi..Jace Cassata added a double & scored twice for Union Hose.
St. George sent a trio of hurlers to the hill as Thomas Palmer, Kyle Gammel, & Jacob Piffer put in time as Gammel was the most effective in middle relief working 4 1/3 innings. Offensively Darnell Willis 2-5 with a double…Jacob Piffer 2-3 with a double, a stolen base & scored 3 times…Kyle Gammel 3-4 with two doubles, stole a base & scored a run….Mical Markel 3-4 with a double, a run, & a steal…Thomas Palmer added a hit…Andrew Aldrich, Chase Teed, & Dillin Quackenbush each scored a run…Jeremy Hoey stole one base, & Brady Newton scored a pair of runs.
Union Hose 6 Wayland Lions 5
Earlier in the week the storyline was pretty much the same as the final outcome would shake down in much the same way against the Wayland Lions as Union Hose claimed another “cardiac conquest.” Once again Union Hose would get on top early. In this one they would score 3 times in the first inning. Shane Crandall was hit by a pitch which set the stage for singles by J.J. Crissy & Eli Swyers, and a double off the bat of Jace Cassata. In the top of the 3rd the Lions came roaring back as a trio of walks to Nate Smalt, Robby Conrad & Nick Bellanger loaded the bases. Singles by Mason Willis & Thomas Mead plated runs along with an error & the game was tied in the middle of the 3rd. Coach Jim Sullivan’s Dansville team took the lead with a pair in the home half of the 5th in hopes of finishing things off in the top of the 6th. Three extra-base hits brought the 2 runs around as Mike Suydam had a 1-out double, followed by Shane Crandall’s triple & J.J. Crissy followed with a double making it 5-3 Hosers. The Wayland Lions weren’t through just yet. They would tie the game up again on a walk & 3 hits by Nate Smalt, Robby Conrad, & Mason Hillier. That would simply set the stage for yet another dramatic finish as Union Hose went to work in the bottom half determined to win it.
Seth Malone led off with a walk & proceeded to steal second & third. With one out Karter Everman stepped in & ripped a 2-1 pitch for the game-winning, walk-off hit as Union Hose would win it by a tight 6-5 count…again in a thriller!!!
Mike Suydam started on the mound for Union Hose & did not figure in the decision as he lasted 3 2/3’s innings giving up 2 earned runs while striking out 9 & walking 7….Shane Crandall pitched the last 2 1/3 giving up 1 earned run on 2 hits, he fanned 5 & walked just 1. Offensively for the Dansville team J.J. Crissy was 2-3 with a double & scored a run…Mike Suydam 1-3 with a double, a run scored & stole a base….Shane Crandall had a triple, & scored 2 runs…Jace Cassata doubled, stole a base & scored a run…Eli Swyers had a hit…Seth Malone scored a run & stole 2 bases…Karter Everman had the game winning hit.
Don Swain went to the slab for Wayland Lions working 4 2/3’s innings scattering 6 hits, while striking out 8. Mason Willis got the “hard luck” loss after going 1 inning giving up 1 run on 1 hit, while striking out 1 & walking 1 in the disheartening setback. For the Cats offensively Mason Willis was 2-4 with a double….Nate Smalt 1-2 with 2 steals….Robby Conrad 1-2 with a stolen base & a walk….NIck Bellenger stole one base & scored a run…Thomas Mead 1-3 & scored a run…Mason Hillier 1-2 & scored once…& Damian Straight scored a run & stole a base.