Wyalusing Legion Posts Third Straight Win
The Wyalusing American Legion baseball team improved to 6-2 in Bradford-Tioga League play after a 6-4 home win over Towanda on June 21.
Earlier, Wyalusing swept Canton in a doubleheader and dropped a one-run decision to Towanda.
Behind five shutout innings by reliever Andrew Pickett, Wyalusing rallied from a 4-0 deficit to Towanda. Pickett also drove in three runs, including a pair on a fourth-inning homer.
Pickett, taking over from starter Christian Carr, who had given up two runs in each of the first two innings, scattered five hits, while fanning three batters. Carr gave up five hits and walked one batter.
Reggie Davis started the Wyalusing rally in the bottom of the second with a one-out double. After Dom Ciccolini singled Davis to third, he scored on Mitchell Pickett’s sacrifice bunt.
Wyalusing took the lead with four runs in the fourth inning.
Pete Champluvier opened the frame with an epic at-bat in which he fouled off nine pitches from Towanda starter Nate Bennett before singling to center field.
With one out, Andrew Pickett helped his cause with a towering home run to left field, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
After another out, Dan Curley singled, stole second and eventually scored on wild pitches to Joey Champluvier and Kye Novak.
Joey Champluvier, who had walked, scored on Logan Hitchcock’s RBI single.
Hitchcock reached base four times, including three singles and a fielder’s choice, to lead an eight-hit Wyalusing attack.
In the fifth inning, Davis walked, took second on a passed ball and scored on Andrew Pickett’s RBI single.
Towanda jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Kurt Moore’s two-run double. Mason Roof walked and Zack Ripic singled ahead of Moore’s double.
In the second inning, Bennett drove in a pair of runs with a double for Towanda. Coy Gobble had reached on a single and Garrett Dinelli doubled, setting the table for Bennett.
Bennett worked into the fourth inning, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk. He had four strikeouts.
Ripic finished the game, giving up one run on one hit and two walks. He had two strikeouts.
At Wyalusing, on June 20, Wyalusing swept a pair of five-inning games with Canton, 4-3 and 7-5.
In the first game, back-to-back RBI singles by Joey Champluvier and Hitchcock in the bottom of the fifth gave Wyalusing the victory.
In a one-out, bases-loaded situation, Champluvier singled home Davis, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
Hitchcock closed out the game with a single that plated Kyle Tinna, who had walked.
Canton held the early lead, picking up a run in the first inning.
Scott Rockwell, who had reached on an infield single, scored on an error off the bat of Ben Pepper.
Wyalusing knotted the score in the third inning.
Novak’s single scored Ciccolini, who had reached on an error.
In the fourth inning, Carr, who reached on a fielder’s choice, scored on a passed ball.
Rockwell gave Canton a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning with a two-run homer over the right-field fence.
Dan Curley went the distance for Wyalusing, allowing six hits, while walking one and fanning two batters.
Rockwell took the loss for Canton, giving up four hits and five walks while fanning three batters.
In the nightcap, Wyalusing broke open a 5-5 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Curley walked to open the inning. A bunt single by Champluvier and a walk to Tinna loaded the bases.
Curley scored on a fielder’s choice to Hitchcock, and Champluvier scored on a throwing error on the play.
Canton jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
Evan Perry, who opened the game with a single, eventually scored on a throwing error following a single to left by Ben Pepper.
Wyalusing answered with a run in the bottom of the frame.
Champluvier doubled and, after stealing third, scored on Hitchcock’s sacrifice fly.
Canton plated three runs in the second—all with two outs.
Rockwell’s triple plated Perry, who had walked. Taylor Skerpon followed with a triple to score Rockwell. Skerpon came home on an error off the bat of Pepper.
Wyalusing batted around in the second, taking a 5-4 lead.
Derek Farrell singled, Nick Stanton walked and Jordan Salsman singled to load the bases.
Curley doubled to left, clearing the sacks.
After a strikeout, Tinna singled and Hitchcock walked loading the bases.
Curley scored on a fielder’s choice to second base off the bat of Carr.
Canton tied the score in the fourth.
Skerpon doubled to open the inning and eventually came home on Chase Pepper’s groundout.
Cody Pickett, who pitched the fourth inning in relief of Davis, picked up the win. Andrew Pickett earned the save with a perfect fifth inning.
The three pitchers combined for three strikeouts and a pair of walks, while allowing seven hits.
Wyalusing made five errors in the game.
Chase Pepper started and worked three-plus innings before yielding the mound to Ben Pepper.
They combined for seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
Towanda 3, Wyalusing 2
At Wysox, on June 13, Towanda scored three runs in the fifth inning to hand Wyalusing its second loss.
Nate Bennett’s RBI single in the fifth started the scoring for Towanda. Bennett later scored on Alex Lyons’s sacrifice fly.
Dakota Roof, who walked, eventually scored on a passed ball.
In the sixth inning, Hitchcock plated Ciccolini with a single. Adam McCauley, who reached on a wild pitch on a strikeout, eventually scored on Carr’s groundout.