Joslyn pitches Lake Shore past Amherst, 8-3

ANGOLA – The Lake Shore Eagles (5-0) used a complete-game effort by pitcher Ryan Joslyn and a five-run sixth inning to defeat the Amherst Tigers (2-3), 8-3, Thursday in ECIC Division 3 baseball action.

With the score tied at 3-all, Justin Budinewski led off the bottom half of the sixth with a single and was sacrificed to second. Tyler Freeman came off the bench to bring home Budinewski and give the Eagles a 4-3 advantage.

“It’s hard coming off the bench in this weather and (Freeman) did well,” Lake Shore coach Bob Kowal said.

Tyler Mascio knocked a two-run homer while Jim Barry added a two-run single to give the Eagles a four-run advantage. Mascio also knocked home Budinewski with a double to tie the game in the fourth.

“Mascio was 2 for 3 and this was the second game in a row where he’s gotten us the chance to win (the game) and he’s done it,” Kowal said.

Joslyn struck out seven Tigers and walked two on the mound for Lake Shore.

“It’s the best game I’ve ever seen Ryan pitch,” Kowal said. “It was kind of a nice day to pitch and he stayed ahead of the batters. He just had one rough inning. I made the mistake of pitching to (Amherst catcher Jonah) Heim and he doubled.”

Christ Conley hit a two-run shot in the first to open the game’s scoring and finished 3 for 4 at the plate while Budinewski added two hits.

“Christ Conley is Christ Conley,” Kowal said. “You just come to expect it out of him.”

Heim and Matt Connolly had two hits each to lead the Tigers.

Lake Shore travels to Amherst to complete the home-and-home series today.