Dale Werth strolled to the Frontier Field mound for his second visit in the bottom of the sixth. The Canandaigua head coach had a guy warming up in the bullpen ready to go. He looked that way. Then he turned toward center field.
Werth waved in his centerfielder, Michael Sculli, to try and close it out. Two runners were on and two batters were out. Sculli walked the first guy he faced. But then he forced a chopper that second baseman Dylan Mackenzie charged to get the third out at first base.
Werth, who said afterwards that he was certainly nervous in that moment, knew he went with his best bet.
“I said if this isn’t gonna go our way, it’s gonna not go our way with our best guy,” Werth said. “Michael came in and did a great job as usual, so we’re thankful of that.”
Sometimes it takes 2 — aces, runs, you name it. Canandaigua needed Cooper Crunick + Michael Sculli. The Braves needed two runs. That was enough to break their Frontier Field curse + send @cabravebaseball to the Far West Regional. My story @PickinSplinters: https://t.co/uk377PvbsS
— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) May 30, 2018
Sculli’s save preserved the win for starter Cooper Crunick and Canandaigua, 2-1, over Wayne on Tuesday. Crunick had pitched five and two thirds while striking out eight. Sculli finished the game just three days after a complete-game one-hitter to win the sectional title for the Braves. He added a triple of his own and scored the eventual game-winning run in the fourth. The combined performances of Crunick and Sculli were enough to get the Braves past the Class A crossover game for the first time in three years — they lost it each of the last two — and on to the Far West Regional, to be played Saturday in Orchard Park.
The Eagles won their first section V baseball title since 1955 with a 5-2 win over Batavia in the Class A2 championship on Saturday.
— Democrat & Chronicle (@DandC) May 30, 2018