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WVHS Baseball: Rams Impressive in Debut

Reggie Davis drove in four runs and Logan Hitchcock added three RBIs as Wyalusing Valley opened the season with a 12-2 six-inning home victory over Danville on April 9. Davis, who started, and Dan Curley, who pitched the final three innings, combined for a four-hitter against the Ironmen, who fell to 0-2 with the loss. The Rams, who pounded out 12 hits against three Danville pitchers, jumped out to an 8-0 lead through the first two innings. Davis’s one-out triple down the right-field line plated Joey Champluvier and Hitchcock for a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Champluvier had singled and Hitchcock walked to set the table. Paul Hugo’s ensuing sacrifice fly scored Davis. In the second inning, the Rams sent 10 batters to the plate en route to a five-run uprising. Nate Hemenway opened the frame with a walk. Shane Salsman then reached on an error on his attempted sacrifice bunt. Mitchell Pickett plated both runners with a double. Salsman dove home on a close play at the plate to score, but had to leave the game with a thumb injury because of the collision. After Champluvier reached on an error, Hitchcock belted a three-run home run over the left field fence. Danville scored solo runs in each of the next two innings. Matt Peterson opened the top of the third with a double. After Adam Creasy singled, Peterson scored on Andrew Andrychik’s groundout to second. In the fourth inning, Cody Cooper belted a leadoff home run. The Rams added two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to invoke the 10-run mercy rule. With two out in the fifth, Champluvier reached on a bunt single. He stole second ahead of a walk to Hitchcock. With Davis at the plate, both runners advanced on a double steal. Davis cleared the bases with another double to right. In the sixth inning, the Rams loaded the bases on singles by Tyler Fenton and Curley and a walk by Pickett. Fenton scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Kye Novak that erased Pickett at second base. Champluvier ended the game with his RBI single that plated courtesy runner Cody Pickett. Davis, who picked up the win, and Curley did not allow a walk between them in their respective three-inning stints. They both gave up two hits with Davis fanning one batter and Curley recording two strikeouts. For a first game, Wyalusing played well defensively, making just one meaningless error in the fourth inning. Novak had an outstanding game at shortstop. He started an inning-ending double play in the first inning. He finished with one putout and six assists. Zach Russell started for Danville, working two innings. He gave up six hits, two walks and eight runs, while fanning three batters. Michael Ramsey pitched the next three innings, yielding two hits and two runs, while walking six and striking out three. Andrychik worked two-thirds of an inning, giving up two runs on three hits and one walk. The Rams, now 1-0, are slated to host Wellsboro tonight (April 14).

Wyalusing Valley’s Logan Hitchcock is greeted at home plate by his teammates following his three-run home run in the second inning of a 12-2 win over Danville on April 9.Wyalusing Valley’s Logan Hitchcock is greeted at home plate by his teammates following his three-run home run in the second inning of a 12-2 win over Danville on April 9.

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