WVHS Baseball: Rams Cruise by Griffins
Wyalusing Valley batted around in the first inning en route to a 9-1 non-league home victory over Sullivan County on April 15.
Wyalusing also dropped a pair of decisions to Troy and Wellsboro during the past week to fall to 2-2, overall, and 0-1 in the Northern Tier League East.
Against the Griffins, the Rams took advantage of four first-inning walks and a hit batter to take the commanding lead. Joey Champluvier added a lead-off triple, while Mitchell Pickett doubled and Kye Novak singled in the inning.
The Rams added a solo run in the fifth inning when Adam Woodruff singled and eventually scored.
Sullivan County’s sole run came in the top of the fifth. Barry Heinrich singled and scored on Brock Mullen’s double.
Three Sullivan County pitchers combined for eight hits, seven walks and four strikeouts.
Champluvier, Andrew Pickett and Tyler Fenton combined for six hits, eight strikeouts and two walks.
Troy 5, Wyalusing 3
At East Troy, on April 18, Troy hit three home runs to hand the Rams a defeat in the league opener for both squads.
Reggie Davis gave the Rams an early lead with an RBI double that plated Novak, who had reached on the first of his three hits.
Troy answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning on Casey White’s two-run homer. Clayton Schucker had reached on an error to set the table for White.
Singles by Chad Johnson and Novak in the second inning tied the game at 2-2.
Troy scored a solo run in the fourth for a 3-2 lead. Cody Wolfe doubled in Mason Jones, who had reached on a single.
In the fifth inning, Novak singled and Logan Hitchcock singled him home to tie the score.
Jones and Wolfe each hit solo home runs in the sixth inning to clinch the victory.
Wolfe went the distance for Troy, allowing seven hits with eight strikeouts.
Hitchcock started for the Rams, giving up eight hits and recording nine strikeouts.
Wellsboro 15, Wyalusing 7
At Wyalusing, on April 12, Wellsboro took advantage of 11 walks from five pitchers and four errors to hand the Rams their first loss of the season.
The Hornets took advantage of four first-inning runs and two-run hits by Pat Parsons and Dylan Prough to jump out to a 5-0 lead.
Wyalusing got a run in the bottom of the frame when Davis doubled home Champluvier, who had also doubled.
However, Wellsboro continued to pile on runs, scoring at least once in each of the first six innings and never going down in order until the seventh.
Ben Shaw’s RBI single in the second increased the lead to 6-1.
Three Ram errors in the third led to three more Hornet runs. Another error in the fourth inning led to another Wellsboro run.
In the fifth inning, Tom Johnson’s two-run single—the only hit in the stanza—highlighted a frame in which three Hornets walked.
Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Prough and Johnson produced two more Wellsboro runs in the sixth inning.
Wyalusing actually outhit Wellsboro, 10-9, but never could get back in the fight after the disastrous first inning. The closest the Rams got came in the second inning, when they plated three runs to cut the deficit to 6-4.
A pair of walks to T.J. Beyer and Fenton and an infield hit by Mitchell Pickett set the table for Novak’s two-run single. Consecutive walks to Champluvier and Hitchcock plated Pickett.
In the fourth inning, Paul Hugo’s two-run single plated Novak and Champluvier, who both reached on infield hits.
Beyer reached on a walk to open the seventh inning. Woodruff singled to advance pinch runner Suede Reed to second. Reed advanced to third when pinch runner Zach Steidel was erased at second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Johnson.
With Pickett at the plate, Johnson was picked off trying to steal second, but he stayed alive on the bases long enough to allow Reed to score the final run.
The five Wyalusing pitchers combined to fan 10 batters.
Four pitchers worked for Wellsboro, walking eight batters while striking out 10.