ELMIRA – Trevor Rumsey danced around some early troubles before delivering a special effort on the mound Thursday night for the Trumansburg baseball team.
Rumsey, a junior right-hander, pitched a two-hitter and shut out Tioga over the final six innings to lift the Blue Raiders to a 7-1 win in the Interscholastic Athletic Conference Small School championship game at Dunn Field.
Rumsey struck out 10 and walked five, with three of the walks coming in the first two innings.
“The first and second inning I think was a lot of nerves coming into the big game, never seeing this team before, knowing they’ve lost very few games,” Rumsey said. “Once we got into the groove and started scoring runs and putting the ball in play, I think I settled down knowing my team had my back out there.”
Trumansburg (11-6) put together two-run innings in the second, third and sixth against Tioga left-hander Peter Simmons. The Blue Raiders scored two runs on wild pitches, three on groundouts and another on a sacrifice fly. Rumsey was 2-for-3 at the plate with a triple and an RBI. Seven Blue Raiders scored runs and six had one hit.
The victory gave Trumansburg its first IAC title since 2004, when there were three divisions and a single champion in the conference.
“That’s a very sweet feeling,” Trumansburg head coach Scott Voorhees said. “Tioga is a great team and they’re coached really well. I’m really proud of my guys. These are a great bunch of kids and I love being with them every day.”
Both teams have byes into the Section 4 Class C quarterfinals. Fourth-seeded Trumansburg hosts No. 5 Sidney at 4:30 p.m. May 21, and second-seeded Tioga hosts either Bainbridge-Guilford or Oxford at the same time.
“Coming into sectionals, it’s going to be great for the confidence of the team,” Rumsey said of the championship. “Against a great team like this, you can’t ask for more. A big IAC title — finally we got one.”
Tioga (13-2) had a chance to take control early. Jesse Manuel doubled with two outs in the top of the first inning and scored on a wild pitch. The Tigers ended up leaving the bases loaded.
In the second inning, Tioga put two runners on base with one out after a hit batter and a walk before Rumsey escaped trouble.
“He pitched out of a couple of big jams,” Tioga head coach Bob Seymour said. “I looked at the book and we had five left on base and one run to show for it. … He got stronger as the game went on. He did a nice job.”
Rumsey mixed a hard fastball with a sharp-breaking curve that kept Tioga’s hitters off balance. Six of his 10 strikeouts came on called third strikes, with the curveball responsible for most of those.
“My curveball, I’m so glad that was actually working today,” Rumsey said. “A lot of times it’s hard to get it down, but it was falling and the team was making plays in the field. Everything was clicking perfect.”
The Tigers’ second hit came leading off the seventh when Parker Hendershot ended up at third base after lining the ball into the gap. A pop-up to second base was followed by a line drive back to Rumsey, who snared the ball and threw to third for a game-ending double play.
Simmons struck out 11 and gave up eight hits in his six innings of work, with the Blue Raiders making the most of their opportunities. No. 8 batter Hunter Lincoln had two RBI groundouts and No. 9 batter Caleb Ladd had one to drove home the final run.
“(Simmons) is a great pitcher,” Voorhees said. “I was really pleased, especially with the bottom part of the order at the end producing a couple of runs for us just by putting the ball in play.”
Said Seymour: “I thought Peter threw good enough to win. We just had a couple of errors and misplays in the field. They ran the bases well.”
Tioga lost in the title game for the second straight year. Union Springs was a 4-2 winner over the Tigers last year.
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