Photo gallery of the last game by JC’s Photography
The Hornell Steamers and the Genesee Rapids tied 10-10 in the regular season finale for both teams. Hornell wraps up the regular season with a 24-17-1 record.
The Steamers started quickly. Bryson Rigsby (Webster) and Connor Kiefer (Monroe CC) hit singles on the first two pitches of the game. Jordyn Smith (Oklahoma Wesleyan) followed with a three-run homer into the trees in left field. Torrey Roper (Indiana U of PA) hit a RBI double and came around to score on a throwing error.
In the 2nd, Max Schmarder (Tusculum) drew a bases loaded walk and Zach Prior (Niagara CCC) followed with a two-RBI single. Roper scored on a fielding error to make it 9-0.
In the 4th, Braden Consaul (USC Upstate) hit a leadoff single and scored on a sac fly by Kiefer.
In the 5th, Genesee put together a huge inning to get back in the game. They scored seven runs on seven hits. Shay Allis had a 2 RBI single and Kanta Ueno hit a two-run double to key the inning.
In the 6th, Grant Hartley cut the lead to 10-9 when he lifted a long two-run two-out homer to center.
As a thunderstorm approached Hornell, Hartley collected a long double and scored on a RBI two-out single by Mark Navarro to tie it. With two outs in the top of the 8th, thunderstorms hit the area and ended the contest in a tie.
Kiefer was 2 for 3 with a RBI for the Steamers while Smith collected his fourth HR of the season. Paxton Hughes (Trevecca Nazarene) tossed three scoreless innings of one hit ball to start the game.
Ueno was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI while Hartley was 2 for 5 with 2 RBI. Bryan Rosario threw three scoreless innings to keep the Rapids in the game.
Hornell moves on to the NYCBL postseason tomorrow. They have earned the #2 seed in the West and will host #3 Dansville in a one-game 1st round playoff. First pitch at Maple City Park will be at 7 p.m.