LYON MOUNTAIN — The Fourth Ward A’s pushed the top-seeded Lyon Mountain Miners to the limit on Sunday.
The Miners rallied for a 9-5 win in the opener, but the fourth-seeded A’s prevailed by a 7-4 score in the second contest to force a third and deciding game this coming Sunday in the Champlain Valley Baseball League semifinal playoffs.
The Miners trailed, 4-3, entering the bottom of the sixth inning of the opener before breaking loose for six runs. Lyon Mountain took a 5-4 lead before Scott Baker had the big blow in the inning — a three-run triple.
Baker finished with a single, triple and three RBI, while Tory Bouyea added a single and double, Jerry Kowalowski two singles and Kyle Kowalowski a double.
Pat Shaughnessy accounted for a good share of the A’s offense with two doubles and three RBI. Jake Oswald added a double.
Winning pitcher David Waldron struck out five in going 6.2 innings and Luke Weaver got the final out for the save. Brian Burns fanned eight, walked seven and allowed 10 hits in taking the loss.
The standout for the A’s in the second game was Tyler Mesec. Mesec allowed just one hit the rest of the way for the save after taking over for winning pitcher Joe Kirkpatrick in the fifth inning. Offensively, Mesec accounted for a double, triple and three RBI.
Oswald added two hits and two RBI for the A’s, who scored five runs in the second inning. The Miners got four of the runs back in the fourth, but the A’s then added two insurance runs in the fifth.
Bouyea led Lyon Mountain with a single, double and triple, while Baker rapped a two-run homer and Weaver a double. Justin Besaw started and took the pitching loss.
Miners 9, A’s 5