WVHS Baseball: Ram Clinch District Playoff Berth
With a 10-0 home win over Northeast Bradford on May 13, the Wyalusing Valley baseball team clinched a District Four, Class AA playoff berth.
The win, which snapped a three-game losing streak, gave the Rams a 9-7 record with one game to play. Wyalusing will conclude the regular season on Friday, May 20, with a home game with Sayre, which has been postponed twice this week because of rain.
Northeast Bradford 0
At Wyalusing, Joey Champluvier homered and drove in three runs to key a seven-hit attack for the Rams.
Dom Ciccolini, Chad Johnson, Logan Hitchcock, Andrew Pickett, T.J. Beyer and Mitchell Pickett each had hits for the Rams.
Kye Novak, Johnson and Hitchcock each drove in runs.
Champluvier teamed with Mitchell Pickett and Nate Hemenway to toss five shutout innings. The trio combined for 11 strikeouts and gave up just three hits.
Ben Abell led the Panthers with a double. Brett Goodwin and Kurtis Mallow each singled.
Mallow took the loss for Northeast Bradford.
Sayre 15, Wyalusing 7
At Sayre, on May 12, the Redskins’ Alex Lyons had two home runs, including a grand slam, and Dom Villanti added another homer in the victory.
Wyalusing jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
Paul Hugo’s two-run single highlighted the frame in which the Rams took advantage of four walks and several Sayre miscues.
Novak walked to open the game and eventually scored on a throwing error on a steal attempt with Beyer at the plate.
Consecutive walks to Beyer, Reggie Davis and Ciccolini set the table for Hugo’s sharp liner to left field.
Ciccolini and Hugo eventually scored on a pair of wild pitches.
Sayre nibbled away at the Ram lead, scoring solo runs in the second and third innings.
Villanti’s solo blast in the second began the comeback.
In the third, Taylor Skerpon’s single scored Nick Skerpon, who had reached on a double.
Sayre sent 10 batters to the plate in the four-run fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead.
Villanti and Ty Williams each had two-run singles in the uprising. Dylan Parrish had a double and Taylor Skerpon and Brad Felt each singled.
Wyalusing tied the score in the fifth inning as Hitchcock, who singled, scored on an error off the bat of Davis.
Sayre took command of the game with seven runs in the fifth inning. Eleven batters went to the plate in the frame that included three Wyalusing errors, a walk, a hit batter and Lyons’s grand slam.
Sayre plated two more runs in the sixth inning on Lyons’s two-run blast.
Wyalusing added a run in the seventh inning. After consecutive walks to Novak, Champluvier and Hitchcock, Dan Curley hit into a double play, allowing Novak to score.
Three Wyalusing pitchers were roughed up for 15 Sayre hits, including six for extra bases. They also walked five batters with seven strikeouts.
After a shaky start, Sayre’s Dylan Parrish picked up the win. He gave up two hits and walked six batters with one strikeout. Lyons closed out the game, giving up three walks and fanning one.
Canton 12, Wyalusing 6
At Canton, on May 11, the Warriors plated nine runs in the sixth inning to rally past the Rams.
Josiah Bardo led a 13-hit Canton attack with three hits, including a triple and a double.
Scott Rockwell doubled and singled. Ryan Ball added a double. Other hitters included Wes Moore (2), Corey Lee (2), Ben Pepper, Derek Wilcox and Emmett Watson.
Champluvier paced the Rams with three hits, including a pair of doubles. Hitchcock doubled and singled. Other hitters included Ciccolini (2), Beyer (2), Hugo and Mitchell Pickett.
Lee, Ball and Rockwell pitched for Canton with Rockwell picking up the victory.
Hitchcock started for Wyalusing and was relieved by Curley in the sixth inning.