WVHS Baseball: Rams' Title Hopes Dashed
Wyalusing Valley saw any hopes of clawing back into the Northern Tier League East race dashed with losses to Athens and Towanda.
The Rams, who had extended their winning streak to five games with a 12-2 win over Troy on May 5, fell five games behind the league-leading Black Knights with the losses.
Wyalusing, 8-6, overall, and 3-5 in the NTL East, prior to last night’s (May 11) scheduled game at Canton, also has a non-league win over Blue Ridge.
Towanda 4, Wyalusing 0
At Wyalusing, on April 9, Zach Place scattered four Wyalusing hits—singles by Reggie Davis, Logan Hitchcock, Paul Hugo and Joey Champluvier—en route to the complete game victory.
Still, Wyalusing was literally in the contest until the final out.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Champluvier drove a ball deep into right center field where Cody Miller tracked it down just feet from the fence.
Towanda took a 1-0 lead in the third inning as Mason Roof scored Sawyer Strope with an RBI double.
In the fifth inning, Zach Ripic reached on an error and later scored on Place’s single.
The Knights added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning.
Wyalusing loaded the bases in the third inning on several Towanda errors, but came up dry.
Place finished with nine strikeouts.
The loss wasted a solid start by Andrew Pickett, who went five innings, allowing six hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Cody Pickett, Tyler Fenton and Suede Reed closed out the game for the Rams with one strikeout, a hit and two walks.
Wyalusing 9, Blue Ridge 3
At Wyalusing, on April 7, the Rams pounded out 10 hits in the non-league victory.
After two scoreless innings, Wyalusing plated a solo run in the third frame.
Kye Novak’s RBI single plated Nate Hemenway, who had reached on a single.
In the fourth inning, the Rams batted around, plating four runs.
After Champluvier reached on a one-out infield hit, Blue Ridge committed three straight errors off the bats of Dom Ciccolini, T.J. Beyer and Andrew Pickett. Champluvier and Ciccolini both scored when the right fielder dropped what would have been a sacrifice fly off Pickett’s bat.
After Jeremy Allyn singled to reload the bases, Hemenway walked, bringing in Beyer.
Andrew Pickett scored on Hugo’s ensuing sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Champluvier’s two-run homer added to the Rams’ lead. Zach Steidel, who pinch ran for Hitchcock, who had walked, scored on Champluvier’s blast over the right field fence.
Hugo led off the sixth with a single and eventually scored on Champluvier’s sacrifice fly.
Jonah Shotwell, who had walked in front of Champluvier, later scored on Mitchell Pickett’s RBI single.
Blue Ridge scored three runs in the top of the seventh.
Dylan Pruitt opened the frame with a walk and took third on Devin Hawk’s ensuing double. Curt Mills singled home Pruitt.
After Matt Laubach was hit by a pitch, Joey Zawiski singled home Hawk. Laubach then scored on an error off the bat of Chris Zawiski.
Hitchcock started for Wyalusing, working five innings. He gave up three wins and two walks with six strikeouts.
Shotwell closed out the win, giving up four hits and one walk.
Three Blue Ridge pitchers combined to allow three walks without a strikeout.
Athens 7, Wyalusing 2
At Athens, on April 6, three walks to open the sixth inning opened the door for the Wildcats, who plated five runs against three Ram pitchers.
Leading 2-1 entering the frame, Athens loaded the bases on consecutive walks to Nick Bradley, Chris Pack and Curt Moore.
Justin Schlosser followed with an RBI single and Craig Moore followed with a two-run double to break the game open.
Schlosser eventually scored on an error off the bat of Austin DePew. Craig Moore scored on Zach Colegrove’s groundout.
Athens took a 1-0 lead in their half of the first inning as Bradley singled home Adam McCauley, who had led off with a double.
Pack, who walked to open the fourth inning, scored on Craig Moore’s single.
Wyalusing had solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
Andrew Pickett and Hugo opened the fifth with back-to-back walks. Both runners moved up on Hemenway’s sacrifice bunt.
Davis scored Pickett with a groundout to shortstop.
In the seventh inning, Hugo reached on a leadoff double and scored on Davis’s RBI single.
Davis opened the game for Wyalusing, working into the sixth inning. He gave up four runs on four hits and three walks. He had four strikeouts.
Cody Pickett allowed one walk in relief. Andrew Pickett gave up two hits with one strikeout.
Trey Patton opened the game for Athens, fanning eight batters while giving up three hits and a pair of walks in four innings.
Craig Moore and McCauley closed out the win, combining for two hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
Wyalusing 12, Troy 2
At Wyalusing, on May 5, the Rams avenged an earlier loss to the Trojans with the five-inning victory.
Champluvier and Ciccolini led the Wyalusing assault with three hits and two RBIs each.
Hitchcock drove in three runs on a pair of hits.
Hugo doubled in a run and Davis, Novak, Beyer, Hemenway and Mitchell Pickett each singled for the Rams.
Dan Curley went the distance for Wyalusing, scattering four hits, while walking one batter. He had three strikeouts.
Zack Root led the Trojans with a pair of singles. Delbert Lewis and Lucas Havens also had hits, Lewis adding an RBI.
Two Troy pitchers combined to allow 13 hits and two walks with three strikeouts.