OSWEGO — Nolan Roy delivered the game-winning hit, as the top-seeded Elks Lodge came from a behind and defeated second-seeded Lighthouse Lanes 8-7 in extra innings, Friday in game three of the Oswego Little League Majors Division championship series.
Mason Naumann singled twice, scored three runs, and walked two times for the Elks. Daniel Callen knocked in two runs, singled, scored a run, and walked twice. Tommy Kirwan singled two times, scored a run, walked and had an RBI. Nolan Roy singled, drove in a run, scored a run and walked two times. Luis Correa hit an inside-the-park home run, while Jameson Stepien walked two times, singled and scored a run. Adam Greene walked and had an RBI, and Emery O’Brien was issued a walk.
Greene started on the mound for the Elks. He went 3.1 innings, striking out six batters while giving up four runs, five hits and five walks. Naumann picked up the win in relief, tossing 3.2 innings and striking out five while allowing three unearned runs, two hits and a walk.
Noah Bwalya doubled, singled, drove in two runs and scored a run for Lighthouse Lanes. Owen Seubert singled, walked and scored two runs. Owen Sincavage walked twice and scored two runs. Dominic Alfano-Kimball had two singles and scored a run, and Mikey Conzone walked two times and scored a run. Tanner Defren and Jordan Thompson each chipped in a single, while Michael Kenyon had a walk.
Alfano-Kimball started on the bump for Lighthouse Lanes. He tossed 2.1 innings and fanned five batters while sacrificing four runs and two hits. Charlie Cherchio pitched 0.2 innings and recorded two strikeouts. Thompson came in for four innings, punching out four batters and allowing four runs, four hits and two walks.
Lighthouse Lanes was the first team to crack the scoreboard in the matchup. With two outs in the top of the first inning, Bwalya slapped a double to the left-center field gap, scoring Sincavage and Seubert for a 2-0 Lanes lead.
In the home half of the first, Elks tied the game up at 2-2 when Kirwan and Naumann scored on an error.
Lighthouse Lanes regained its two-run lead in the top of the third. Defren scored on an error then Bwalya crossed home plate on a passed ball for a 4-2 Lanes advantage.
Heading into the bottom of the third, the Elks knotted up the score once again. With the bases loaded and one out, Greene walked and forced Stepien to score and slice the deficit at 4-3. Callen then scored later in the inning when Kirwan reached base on an infield single. This put the score at 4-4.
Lighthouse Lanes garnered a big break in the top half of the fourth. Bwalya was called out on an infield-fly rule, but back-to-back errors scored Conzone, Sincavage and Seubert to give Lanes the upper hand, 7-4.
Lanes secured its lead for a bit then the Elks pushed through in the home fifth. Correa led off by hitting a ball over the right fielder’s head. Correa proceeded to zip around the bases and slide into home for the inside-the-park homer. The big hit cut the Lanes’ lead to 7-5.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, the Elks’ Callen came through in the clutch and hit a two-run single. The score was tied for the third time in the game, standing at 7-7.
The Elks capped its comeback effort in the bottom of the seventh when Roy was safe at first on an infield single and Naumann scored the victorious run.
Championship Series at Lagoe Field (Best-of-3)
2-Lighthouse Lanes vs. 1. 1-Elks (Elks wins 2-1)
Game 1 (Monday, July 29): Elks 3, Lighthouse Lanes 2
Game 2 (Tuesday, July 30): Lighthouse Lanes 5, Elks 4
Game 3 (Friday, Aug. 2): Elks 8, Lighthouse Lanes 7 (7 innings)