Wyalusing Legion Falls in Playoff Opener
One of the oldest baseball adages says there is no defense for a base on balls.
Wyalusing Legion Post 534 saw the truth of that statement in an 18-11 home loss to Canton in the Bradford-Tioga League semifinals on July 12.
Four Wyalusing pitchers walked 15 Canton batters and added a pair of free passes on hit batters in the loss, which ended its season.
Canton, which had lost its four regular-season games to Wyalusing, was in command of the contest early, plating five runs on just two hits in the top of the second.
In the third inning, a bases-loaded single by Taylor Skerpon and a pair of Wyalusing errors on the play were the key points in another five-run inning by Canton.
Down 10-0, Wyalusing did scratch out a run in the bottom of the second.
Three walks loaded the bases for Joey Champluvier, whose groundout to first plated Adam McCauley.
Canton’s two pitchers had spells of control problems also and that came back to bite them in Wyalusing’s fifth inning.
Five walks set the table for a RBI double by Christian Carr and a run-scoring single by McCauley.
When the dust settled, Wyalusing had five more runs on the board and appeared to be back in the hunt, trailing 10-6.
But Canton sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth en route to a six-run frame. Five walks and a run-producing single by Korey White highlighted the frame.
In Wyalusing’s half of the frame, back-to-back singles by Carr and Pete Champluvier and a walk to McCauley loaded the bases for Reggie Davis. Davis walked, forcing in Carr.
Canton plated two more runs in the seventh as Kaleb Route and Corey Lee, who had both singled, scored on an error off the bat of Clayton Schucker.
Down 18-7, Wyalusing batted around, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Mitchell Pickett reached on an error and scored on Joey Champluvier’s RBI double.
Logan Hitchcock followed with a one-out single to plate another run.
Carr doubled Hitchcock to third. Hitchcock scored on a passed ball before Pete Champluvier doubled home Carr.
Scott Rockwell started for Canton. Ben Pepper relieved him in the fifth inning. They gave up 10 hits and 10 walks with five strikeouts.
Andrew Pickett, Trey Patton, Carr and Pete Champluvier split the mound duties for Wyalusing. They gave up 11 hits and recorded seven strikeouts.
Wyalusing completed the season with an 8-5 record.