WVHS Baseball: Title Hopes Still Alive
With their Northern Tier League East title hopes on life support, the defending champions rose up for a 7-2 home win over Canton, one of the pre-season favorites, on April 26.
Wyalusing Valley, which opened league play with three consecutive losses, kept their slim title hopes alive with the win. Wyalusing, now 3-4, overall, and 1-3 in the league, handed the Warriors their first league loss of the season.
The Rams jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Canton answered with a solo run in the fourth inning.
Wyalusing added a pair of runs in the fifth inning.
Reggie Davis had a two-run double for the Rams.
T.J. Beyer, Mitchell Pickett and Kye Novak added two hits each. Pickett drove in a pair of runs. Logan Hitchcock and Jeremy Allyn both singled.
Dan Curley picked up the win, holding the usually potent Canton bats to five hits in five innings. He had three strikeouts.
Andrew Pickett pitched two innings of relief, giving up one hit and a walk. He had one strikeout.
Canton’s Ben Pepper belted a solo home run in the fourth inning. Scott Rockwell and Kaleb Route each had two hits. Route’s hit scored a run in the seventh inning.
Three Canton pitchers gave up five hits and four walks.
Towanda 5, Wyalusing 3
At Wysox, on April 22, Wyalusing committed four errors, had two men thrown out at home and stranded eight base runners, including four in scoring position.
The Rams took an early 1-0 lead on Joey Champluvier’s RBI groundout in the first inning.
Novak reached on a one-out walk and moved to third base on Hitchcock’s ensuing double. Champluvier’s grounder to shortstop allowed Novak to score.
Towanda took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Cody Miller’s two-run double plated Brandon Dinelli and Austin Markel. Dinelli had reached on a fielder’s choice and Markel walked, setting the table for Miller.
In the third inning, the Black Knights added two more runs.
Zack Ripic opened the inning with a single and ended up at third thanks to an outfield error on the play. He then scored on an error off the bat of Mason Roof. Roof later scored on another error.
In the fourth, Ripic’s RBI single scored Nick Kravitz, who had reached on a single.
Wyalusing scored solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Paul Hugo opened the fourth inning with a single. Dom Ciccolini followed with a single that moved Hugo to third base. Hugo eventually scored on Novak’s RBI single.
In the fifth, Hitchcock walked, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Davis’s groundout to shortstop.
The loss wasted a gritty effort on the mound by Davis, who worked into the sixth inning, giving up just five hits, while walking four batters. He had three strikeouts.
Andrew Pickett recorded the final two outs in the sixth inning, allowing two walks.
Roof gave up all five Wyalusing hits over four innings of work. He fanned four batters, while walking two.
Miller pitched the final three innings for Towanda, giving up one run, while walking three and fanning five batters.
Athens 3, Wyalusing 2
At Wyalusing, on April 20, Adam McCauley’s two-run single in the top of the seventh inning lifted the Wildcats past the Rams.
Trailing 2-1 entering the final frame, Athens eventually loaded the bases before McCauley’s game-winning hit.
Curt Moore opened the frame with a double. After an infield pop out by the next batter, Tyler Birdsall doubled, moving Moore to third. Troy Stivason followed with a walk to load the bases.
Following a pitching change, Zack Colegrove followed with a grounder to shortstop. Kye Novak threw home to force Moore for two outs.
McCauley, facing a 2-1 count, dropped a “Texas Leaguer” into the gap between the shortstop and the left fielder, scoring Birdsall and Stivason.
Athens took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
With two outs, Chris Pack, Justin Schlosser and Moore hit consecutive singles. Moore’s hit plated Pack.
Wyalusing battled back to tie the game, 1-1, in the third inning.
Hitchcock’s two-out RBI single plated Novak, who had reached on a single and moved into scoring position on a walk to Champluvier.
Wyalusing took the lead in the fifth on Champluvier’s RBI double.
Cody Pickett singled to open the frame and moved to second on Novak’s infield hit. Champluvier followed with a hard shot to center-right field.
The loss spoiled a solid starting effort by Dan Curley.
Curley worked 6 1/3 innings for the Rams, giving up six hits and one walk, while fanning two batters.
Andrew Pickett gave up one hit and fanned one batter in relief of Curley.
Moore went the distance for Athens, allowing five hits and two walks while walking two batters.