CONCORD—The Springville Yankees finished the 2017 Springville Youth Inc.’s senior baseball season as its champion with a 22-14 come-from-behind win over Delevan-Machias July 28 at Concord Community Park under the lights.
The senior-division (16 years-of-age and under) title game featured SYI’s Springville champion against its Pioneer champion. The Yankees had knocked off the White Sox to take the Springville crown, while Delevan-Machias beat Arcade in the Pioneer showdown in games played during the previous week.
While there was no talk of any “Yankees (Bambino) Curse,” SYI senior administrator and board member Brad Evans admitted that the senior league’s championship trophy has gone missing resulting in a lack of trophy presentation after the game.
Although the undefeated Yankees were clear-cut favorites to take the playoff title, Delevan-Machias made them earn it by taking an early eight-run lead before ultimately getting beat by eight.
It didn’t take the Yankees long to establish the dominance they displayed over the season by plating three runs in the first inning. Delevan-Machias kept the game close by responding with a run of its own in trailing the Yankees 3-1 after two innings.
But then Delevan-Machias scored 10 runs in the third to go up 11-3 and perhaps for the first time this season put a scare into the Yankee players. Most of the damage by the Delevan team was done with two outs and prompted Yankees coach Tim Komenda to make a pitching change that resulted with Keaton Wnuk earning the save and win from the mound for the Yankees in relief of Ryder Hoffman.
Over the course of the next two innings, the Yankees retook the lead at 12-11 after the fourth. In the top of the fifth Delevan-Machias came from behind for the second time in the contest and tied the game at 12 runs apiece. That however, was as close as the underdog Delevan-Machias team would get to the title as the Yankees out-scored their opponent 10-2 the rest of the way in earning the 2017 senior crown.