Tyrone Legion opens playoff with dominating win over Martin Oil

Big innings and domination by pitchers-that has often been the description of baseball games when Tyrone Legion and Martin Oil have met over the past few years. When Tyrone Legion first came into the George B. Kelley Federation, the Tyrone team was the one that dominated, but not so for the past few seasons. Until Friday evening that is, when Tyler Golden notched a masterpiece on the mound and Golden and his teammates pounded Martin Oil 8-2 in the first game of the opening round of Kelley Federation playoffs.
Golden tossed a beautiful six innings, limiting the Martin Oil club to two runs, both unearned and four hits, with five strikeouts and two walks.
After Golden completed the sixth having thrown 98 pitches, Tyrone Legion manager Mike Boytim brought in Jamie Levinson to finish out the contest. Levinson allowed a pair of hits, but kept Martin Oil off the scoreboard, notching one strikeout.
“Tyler had only thrown one inning in over a week, so his arm was really refreshed, and I think. It that really helped us today.” explained Boytim, who defeated Martin Oil for the first time in his two-year stint as manager. “He pitched a great game.
“What was also nice for me today, was to see Jamie throw a scoreless inning against Martin Oil, because he has always struggled against them. He will be pitching more in this series and we need him to have confidence.”
Tyrone Legion was the visiting team for the opening game of the best-of-three first round playoff, and they took advantage to jump out to a big lead before Martin Oil even had a chance to bat.
Centerfielder Ben Lynn got his Tyrone Legion teammates off to a great start by lining a triple to right center to lead off the ballgame, against Martin Oil ace Earnie Kelley. Golden helped himself by slugging the first of two doubles to easily get Lynn home with the first run of the inning. Justin Schopp followed with an RBI single and with one out, Levinson boomed a double to score Schopp.
“This is only the second time all year that Ben Lynn has led off-he led off in the last game of the season,” said Boytim. “He had a .500 on base percentage during the season, and we finally decided to move him up to the leadoff spot. His triple really energized us today. We have been coming out flat lately and that really woke us up today. We had a single, double, triple, double in the first inning.”
Martin Oil finally came out of their slumber to score single runs in the third and fourth inning, with the help of Tyrone miscues, but Golden and the Legion defense saw to it that the damage was kept to a minimum.
“Our defense played really well. I told the guys before the game that we made way too many errors this year,” said Boytim. “To beat a top team, they had to play better defense, and today they did. It’s always errors against Martin Oil that cost us, and today we were able to dodge a bullet with that. We also didn’t have two of the big bats in our lineup today, missing Tyler Gillmen and Shayne Tate, who both hit over .440 during the regular season.”
In the third frame, Kyle Drost reached base on an error, Blaze Winterstein walked and when Alex Miller was safe on the second Tyrone mistake of the inning, Drost scored to cut the lead to 3-1.
An inning later, after Tyrone Legion added another run on a single by Doug Morrow, a fielder’s choice and a single by Tyler Conrad, Martin Oil again sliced the Legion lead to two runs.
Troy Brunner broke up Golden’s no-hit bid with a soft liner that just cleared Levinson’s glove. Brunner was able to score on a pair of errors to put the score at 4-2.
That would be all for Martin Oil, although they loaded the bases in the fifth inning, but couldn’t solve Golden to get anybody home. Winterstein beat out an infield hit and Kelley ripped probably the hardest-hit Martin Oil had all game between first and second for a single. After Golden fanned Dustin Harris for the second out, Brandon Beech drew a base on balls to load the bases. Golden reached back and struck out Brunner to end the threat.
Tyrone Legion wasn’t done yet however. In the fifth stanza, Justin Schopp led off with a single. Tyler Hoover drilled a shot to the left field corner. Schopp tried to score, all the way from first, but was caught between third and home in a rundown that involved half a dozen Martin Oil teammates before they final got the out. While all this was going on, Hoover kept running, ending up at third base, where he scored a batter later on a short pop behind first base. Drost caught the ball, but fell down making the catch and Hoover was able to score.
Finally, Tyrone Legion put the finishing touches on the triumph with three tallies in the top of the sixth.
Conrad walked with one out. Lynn doubled to send Conrad to third, and Golden doubled to score both runners. Schopp beat out an infield hit, and then Hoover scored Golden with an RBI groundout to third base.
Martin Oil was held without an extra-base hit for just the fourth time in 25 games-Tyrone Legion has done it twice, although Martin Oil won the June 3 game 8-4….Kelley (two singles) was the only Martin Oil player with multiple hits…Schopp was three-for-four for Tyrone Legion and Lynn, Golden, and Morrow each had two hits….Eight of the nine players in the Tyrone Legion lineup, had at least one base hit.
Tyrone Legion 8 Martin Oil 2
Tyrone Legion – Lynn, cf, 4-2-2; Golden, p-ss, 4-2-2; Schopp, c, 4-1-3; Hoover, 1b, 4-1-1; Levinson, ss-p, 3-0-1; Hertzler, 3b, 4-0-1; Morrow, rf, 4-1-2; Ashcroft, 2b, 4-0-0; T. Conrad, lf, 2-1-1. TOTALS 33-8-13.
Martin Oil – Kelley, p, 4-0-2, A. Alley, 2b, 0-0-0; Harris, cf, 4-0-0; B. Beech, rf, 3-0-0; Brunner, c, 3-1-1; C. Alley, 2b-ss, 3-0-0; Coho, 3b, 3-0-1; Drost, 1b, 2-0-0; Rabold, 1b, 1-0-0; Winterstein, ss-3b, 2-1-1; Miller, lf, 3-0-1. TOTALS 28-2-6.
Tyrone Legion 300 113 0 8-13-4.
Martin Oil 001 100 0 2-6-2.
2B: Golden 2, Lynn, Levinson.
3B: Lynn.
RBI: Golden 3, Levinson 2, Schopp, Hoover, Conrad.
SO: Golden 5, Levinson 1, Kelley 3.
BB: Golden 2, Kelley 2.
WP: Golden LP: Kelley