WVHS Baseball: Spartans Oust Rams from Playoffs
Two Hughesville pitchers held Wyalusing Valley to one hit—an infield hit by Mitchell Pickett in the third inning—en route to a 4-0 victory in the first round of the District Four, Class AA playoffs on May 24.
The host Spartans scored solo runs in the first and third innings and added two more in the bottom of the fifth.
Ethan Showers drove in two runs and scored another to lead Hughesville.
After Jesse Hulien opened the bottom of the first with a single, Showers doubled to left to drive in the run.
In the third inning, Hughesville’s Ethan Farr reached on an error. Pat James bunted Farr over to second base. He moved to third when Hulien reached on a passed ball after striking out.
Showers reached on a fielder’s choice that erased Hulien at second, but allowed Farr to score.
With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, a brief, but heavy rain shower, forced a one-hour delay.
After a Herculean effort by the Hughesville coaches and entire roster to restore the field to playing condition, play resumed.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Showers belted a two-out double and scored on Brett Diehl’s ensuing RBI single.
With Levi McCarty at the plate, Diehl attempted to steal third. An errant throw allowed him to score the final run.
Josh Saar, who came on in relief of Diehl in the sixth inning, shut down the Rams.
Diehl gave up one hit and allowed two walks, while fanning five Rams.
Saar had three strikeouts in his two innings of hitless relief.
Reggie Davis started for the Rams, working three innings. He gave up three hits and two runs with one strikeout.
After Dan Curley faced two batters to open the fourth inning, walking them both, Andrew Pickett came on and finished the game.
He allowed two runs on two hits and one walk while fanning two batters.
Wyalusing completed the season with a 9-9 record.
Hughesville, 15-4, will host Danville Friday in the district quarterfinals.