Mustangs win four of six in busy baseball week

Gary Pinneo
Penn Yan’s pitcher Zach Pizzenti swings though his hit into deep left field.

With the number of rainouts and postponements this spring, area high school baseball teams face the challenge of making up a number of games in a short time, as the regular season windsdown.  Such was the case for the Penn Yan Mustang baseball team.  

Last week, the Orange and Blue diamondsmen played six games in seven days and the results were quite good for the locals.  The Mustangs handled this grueling schedule by winning four of six to improve their Finger Lakes East record to 8-5.

Penn Yan 4            Midlakes 0

On Monday afternoon in Penn Yan,  the Mustangs shutout Midlakes 4-0 behind the clutch pitching of Evan Lloyd.  The young Mustang hurler hung goose eggs on the scoreboard in his 5 2/3 innings of work earning the win.  Lloyd struckout six Screaming Eagle batters in his stellar pitching apearance.  Elliott Eckerson delivered a key RBI double in the third inning to pace the Penn Yan offense.

Penn Yan  6    Geneva 4    

There is nothing more exciting in the wide world of sport than winning a game on the last play, whether it’s a shot at the buzzer, a touchdown with 0:00 showing on the clock, or that big walk-off basehit that drives in the winning run.  It just doesn’t get any better. The athlete who pulls it off is the center of the action that means a win for their team.  At the Elm Street Field last Tuesday,  Penn Yan’s Dylan Force turned an almost certain defeat into an instant winner with one swing of his bat.  He clubbed a long, three-run homerun in the bottom half of the ninth inning to give Penn Yan a come-from- behind 6-4 victory.  

The Mustangs and Panthers battled to a 3-3 tie through seven  innings.  The visiting Panthers struck for a run in the top half of the ninth inning to take a 4-3 lead.  

The hometown Mustangs answered in their half with a walk, single, and sacrifice to set up the dramatic finish.  It was the Dylan Force show from that point on.  His dramatic four-ply belt was the game winner.

Force was also the winning pitcher in the game.  He  picked up the win on the mound in this close game coming in relief.  Evan Lloyd was an earlier Mustang hero.  His RBI double in the sixth inning tied the game at three.  

Geneva 11             Penn Yan 3

The very next day, Geneva and Penn Yan faced off again, this time at the Panther’s field on North Street.  

This day would belong to the hometown Panthers.  Geneva scored nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings to walk away with a 11-3 victory over the Orange and Blue.  Penn Yan had taken a 3-2 lead into the fifth inning.  But that would evaporate post haste with the Panther run outburst.  Derrick Fleischman went 2-for-3, and drove in three runs for Penn Yan.  Aaron Bodine also had a three-hit day for Penn Yan.

Penn Yan 17           Mynderse 2

Back at home on Thursday, Penn Yan quickly got back on the winning track routing Mynderse 17-2.  The Blue Devils jumped off to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, but it was Penn Yan’s turn after that.  They scored 17 unanswered runs to waltz off with the win.  Derrick Fleischman had three hits and three RBIs to pace the Mustang charge.  Elliott Eckerson smacked a homerun in this Penn Yan win.

Mustangs split games with Newark

The whirlwind series of games finally came to an end for Penn Yan on Saturday morning in Penn Yan against Newark.  After dropping the opener to the Reds 5-3, the battling Mustangs rebounded with a 10-6 win in the nightcap.  Elliott Eckerson registered the win, throwing a complete game and striking out nine Newark batters.  

The win improved Penn Yan’s Finger Lakes East mark to 8-5 with a week remaining in the regular season.  Dylan Force clubbed a big RBI triple in the Penn Yan win.  He ended up with three hits in this game.  Derrick Fleischman had a RBI double in the opener.

Red Jacket 6 Dundee 5

The Dundee Scotsmen baseball team continued to run into hard luck as their season draws to a close.  On Tuesday, Red Jacket defeated Dundee 6-5.  The hometown Indians jumped to a 4-0 lead in the opening inning.  Dundee fought back to take a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.  Red Jacket pushed across two runs to escape with the 6-5 win.  For Dundee, Max Gorton was the hitting star, clubbing a homerun and driving four runs.  

South Seneca 5   Dundee 3

The Dundee Scots record fell to 2-10 in the Finger Lakes West with a 5-3 loss to South Seneca on Thursday afternoon in Dundee.  MacKenzie Prior and Joe Tortolon contributed two hits each to pace the Scotsmen offense.  The encouraging news for Dundee was the effort by their young pitcher, Charles Porter.  

Even though he came up short on the scoreboard, Porter was impressive in his varsity pitching debut.  He tossed a solid seven-hitter, and kept Dundee in the game.  Certainly some better days are ahead for the Scots.