Mustangs nab a portion of the league crown

Gary Pinneo
Penn Yan senior Brent Johnson comes through his delivery to the plate during Penn Yan’s game against Midlakes. They won the game and are now league champions for the fifth consecutive year.

The Penn Yan Mustang baseball squad set their goal early to win another Finger Lakes Title and have momentum going in to the Section V Tournament. Of course their ultimate goal is to win a Section V title.

This would be special, since it has happened only once in Penn Yan’s long, successful baseball history.

The 1983 Mustangs defeated Wellsville at Silver Stadium in Rochester to win the Section V Class A title. This year’s edition of the baseball Mustangs achieved their first goal this past week. Penn Yan defeated first place Midlakes 4-0 at home on Thursday.

The Screaming Eagles lost to Wayne on Friday afternoon, giving Penn Yan a share of the Finger Lakes East Division II title. Both teams ended the season with identical 8-5 league records and 12-7 records overall.

Penn Yan 4

Midlakes 0

Thursday afternoon was Senior’s Day and the final regular season home game for th Mustangs. The Orange and Blue Nine did not disappoint the hometown fans at the Elm Street Field.

Penn Yan scored a run in the first inning on an RBI single by Tim Eckerson and three more runs in the second inning on a Tim Burd single and a bases loaded walk to Nate Haines.

Brent Johnson scored another run on a mental error by the Midlakes catcher when he didn’t call time out when he went out to talk to his pitcher.

Ryan Barkley’s sacrifice fly closed out the scoring. Brent Johnson was the winning pitcher, shutting out the Eagles on just three hits.

Penn Yan 11

Mynderse 5

The Mustangs set up their decisive showdown with Midlakes with a key 11-5 win over Mynderse on Tuesday afternoon in Seneca Falls. Penn Yan pounded out 18 hits in this game, including three hits each by Kevin Johnson, Ryan Barkley (2 doubles), and Kyle Barkley (one triple).

The Mustangs seem to be peaking at just the right time. They have been playing their best baseball the last two weeks. In fact, earlier this month, their chances of winning another league title looked remote. But they effectively turned things around.

Penn Yan 3

Wellsville 2

In a tune-up game for the upcoming Section V tournament, Penn Yan travelled to Wellsville Saturday morning and defeated their hosts, 3-2. Kyle Barkley drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and Cody Allison capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. Ron Burd was the winning pitcher, allowing only one run on four hits. Tim Eckerson notched  a save, tossing two scoreless innings.

As mentioned earlier, Penn Yan won their only Section V title with a win over Wellsville in1983. Maybe  Saturday’s win portends good things in June for the Mustang Nine.

Marcus Whitman 9

Honeoye 13

In other area high school baseball action, Marcus Whitman dropped a 13-9 decision to Honeoye on Monday.

Cal Andrews went 4-for-5 with five RBIs and Trevor Andrews 3-for-5 to lead the Wildcat offense.

Marcus Whitman 16

Romulus 2

On Wednesday afternoon, Whitman defeated Romulus 16-2. Jeremy Armison went 4-for-5 with a double. Trevor Andrews chipped in three hits and Kyle Renner had two hits to pace the Wildcat 17-hit attack. Trevor Andrews was the winning pitcher, tossing a complete game with three strike-outs. The Wildcats dropped a 3-2 decision to Naples on Friday.

Marcus Whitman 6

DeSales 4

Whitman completed their regular season with a 6-4 win over DeSales at McDonough Park on Saturday. Cal Andrews went 2-for-3 against Naples. Trevor Andrews and Kyle Renner drove in runs with hits against DeSales. The Wildcats completed their season with a 12-6 record.

Dundee 5

Red Jacket 1

The Dundee Scotsmen defeated Red Jacket 5-1 at home on Thursday to bring their record up to 10-6 in the Finger Lakes West and 10-8 overall.

Rocky Martini tossed a 3-hitter to notch the win. He struck out nine in just five innings of work. Brent Ayers went 3-for-3 and Kyle Spinks contributed two hits for the victorious Scotsmen.