A marathon 15-run third inning keyed No. 2-seeded Royalton-Hartland to a 21-4 victory over No. 6 Wilson on Friday in the Section VI Class B-2 semifinal baseball contest.
A two-run single by Ryan Metz and an RBI single by Zach Yates highlighted the decisive, third-inning uprising for the Rams, who were also aided by a rash of walks.
Judd Jamieson set the tone for the Rams by belting a three-run home run in the bottom of the second.
Jameson finished with three hits and six RBIs on the day as Metz added three hits and three RBIs. Metz also pitched the first four innings and Yates came on to hurl the final three frames.
Roy-Hart will now face top-seeded Fredonia in the B-2 title contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gowanda. Admission is $5.
The Lakemen ended their season three days after upsetting No. 3 JFK in a 12-inning thriller on Tuesday.
"We just didn't have it today," Lakemen coach Mark Kurtz said.
"We played a great game Tuesday, but we had nothing today. Sometimes you just don't have it, and we didn't today. It was a tough game to coach."
The loss marked the last game for four-year starters Cam Sidote, Pat Diez and Brad Schlosser, as well as three-year pitcher Tyler Strassburg.
"They've been a big part of the team for the past four years," Kurtz said.
"When you needed something, you always knew those kids would come through. Their parents were always out supporting the team. They'll be hard to replace.”
• VI BASEBALL
Class A-1 Semifinal
3-Grand Island 2, 7-Will South 1
GRAND ISLAND — Grand Island pitcher John McGinty took the first pitch of the bottom of the sixth over the left field fence, propelling the Vikings to a Class A-1 semifinal win on Friday.
McGinty, who'll be playing for the University of Hartford next year, had four strikeouts, all in the first two innings, and gave up only three hits.
The Vikings will be the home team when they face Williamsville Eastin the A-2 finals at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Orchard Park.
Class A-2 Semifinal
2-Albion 7, 3-E. Aurora 0
ALBION — Earning a return trip to the finals, Chris Reed hurled a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts for Albion into Tuesday's 5 p.m. A-2 title contest at Lew-Port against No. 4 Maryvale, which upended top seeded Amherst, 4-2, in Friday's other A-2 semi.
Pete Nesbitt drove in a total of three runs with two hits and a sacrifice, Travis Downs plated two, Elliott Foos one and Ryan Golden had a pair of big inning igniting hits to lead Albion's balanced attack.
Albion had advanced to the semis by downing Lew-Port 6-4 in the quarterfinals. That contest was a rematch of last year's A-2 final which saw the Purple Eagles nip the Lancers 9-8 in eight innings.
• VI SOFTBALL
Class A-2 Semifinal
2-Albion 4, 3-Maryvale 0
ALBION — Jenn Knaak pitched a four-hit shutout with five strikeouts to lead Albion into Tuesday's 4:30 p.m. A-2 title contest against No. 5 Lew-Port at Niagara Falls High School.
Albion took a quick 1-0 first inning lead on an RBI single by Halle Jurs as a hit by Knaak and a walk set up the threat. Kelsee Soule made it 2-0 when she led off the third inning with a home run.
The Purple Eagles put a lock on the victory with two runs in the sixth inning on a two-run single by Knaak. Papponetti, Soule and Knaak each finished with two hits.
Lew-Port advanced to the finals by upending top seeded Cheektowaga 8-5.