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WVHS Baseball: Resurgent Rams Win Central Columbia Tourney

 

After a three-game losing streak to open the Northern Tier League East campaign, Wyalusing Valley has righted the ship.

Four straight victories, including a pair of wins to claim the championship of the Central Columbia Tournament on April 30, have improved the Rams’ record to 6-4, overall, and 2-3 in the NTL East.

 

Central Columbia Tournament

At Bloomsburg, Logan Hitchcock earned tournament Most Valuable Player honors as he drove in five runs on five hits, including two doubles.

Wyalusing opened the tournament with an 8-7 win over Berwick in the semifinals and came back to edge the host Blue Jays, 5-4, to claim the title.

In the title tilt, the Rams rallied from an early 1-0 deficit en route to the victory. Wyalusing scored twice in the third inning and added three more in the fourth.

Hitchcock had three hits in the win, including a double, as he drove in three runs.

Joey Champluvier added a double and two singles with an RBI.

Other hitters included Dom Ciccolini (2), Reggie Davis, Kye Novak and Paul Hugo.

Davis went the distance on the mound. He allowed eight hits and two walks, while fanning two batters.

Against Berwick in the opener, Wyalusing fell behind 6-0 before rallying with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Berwick tied the score in the next inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, Mitchell Pickett drew a bases-loaded walk, plating Ciccolini, who had singled, for the game-winning run.

Hitchcock doubled and singled, while driving in a pair of runs in the victory.

Davis singled and doubled. Ciccolini had two hits and drove in a run. T.J. Beyer had two hits and a pair of RBIs.

Novak also had an RBI.

Dan Curley started, working five innings. He gave up 11 hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Andrew Pickett closed out the game, earning the win. He gave up four hits and recorded four strikeouts.

 

Wyalusing 19, Northeast Bradford 8

At LeRaysville, on April 27, the Rams exploded for 11 first-inning runs and held off the Panthers in a slugfest.

Wyalusing pounded out 17 hits, while Northeast Bradford had seven hits, including Coy Gobble’s grand slam in the fourth inning of the five-inning game.

The Rams had six consecutive singles to open the first inning in which they sent 16 batters to the plate.

Champluvier opened the game for the Rams, fanning four, while giving up four hits and a walk over three innings.

Mitchell Pickett completed the game, allowing three hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Four Northeast Bradford pitchers gave up five walks, while fanning five batters.


Wyalusing Valley’s Mitchell Pickett delivers a pitch during the Rams’ 19-8 win over Northeast Bradford on April 27. Photo by Bob Hutchings.Wyalusing Valley’s Mitchell Pickett delivers a pitch during the Rams’ 19-8 win over Northeast Bradford on April 27. Photo by Bob Hutchings.

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