BATAVIA — With junior ace Reid Vanscoter on the mound, Livonia coach Scott Gilman was pretty sure there would be no slugfest with Greece Odyssey on Friday night.
“I knew Reid would be tough on the mound and if we could squeeze out two or three runs we’d be in good shape,” Gilman said.
The Bulldogs (22-1) had that cushion, and more, by the third inning and rolled to a 12-0 victory over Odyssey in the Section V Class B1 championship game at Dwyer Stadium.
Livonia scored once in the first inning and broke the game open with a five-run third en route to their third consecutive sectional title. They did all that damage in the third inning despite collecting just one hit. Three errors hurt greatly.
Needless to say, third-seeded Odyssey (14-9) picked the worst time to have the worst inning of the season.
“You just can’t hand a team runs like that,” Odyssey coach Roger Klimek said. “You’ve got a pitcher like that throwing and give him a six-run lead, it’s tough.”
Livonia will play North Rose-Wolcott in the Class B qualifier on Tuesday. The time and site have not been determined. The winner advances to the June 4 regional against the Section VI champion.
Vanscoter pitched six innings and struck out 14. He allowed three singles.
Livonia has played in the state tournament the past two years, losing in the semifinals in 2014 and the finals last year.
“I told them at home plate (in the post game chat), ‘Your goal was to win the league title and you did that, and then the sectional title, and you did that,’ ” Gilman said. “Now let’s go get it (a state title).”