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Wyalusing Legion Splits Doubleheader with Mansfield

 

The Wyalusing and Mansfield American Legion baseball teams split a doubleheader on June 21.

After dropping the first game, 3-0, Wyalusing fell behind 5-0 in the nightcap before rallying for a 6-5 win.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, an error off the bat of Dan Curley allowed Reggie Davis to score from third with the game-winning run in Wyalusing’s comeback victory.

Davis opened the frame with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and third on Andrew Pickett’s groundout.

Curley, who fouled off several pitches after falling behind 0-2, picked up the victory with one inning of relief.

Mansfield greeted Wyalusing starter Cody Pickett roughly, scoring all of its runs in his two-inning stint. Pickett gave up six hits and a walk.

In the first inning, Pat Parsons reached second on an error, moved to third on Nick Callahan’s infield hit and scored on Ben Shaw’s RBI single.

Callahan scored on a Graeme Zaparzynski’s groundout.

Parsons singled in a pair of runs in the second inning. Callahan followed with a single plating Parsons.

Joey Champluvier sparked Wyalusing’s comeback with a two-run homer in the third inning. Nick Stanton, who had reached on a lead-off walk, scored ahead of Champluvier, who cleared the right field fence with the first pitch he faced.

Wyalusing batted around and chased two Mansfield relievers to tie the score at 5-5.

Control problems plagued Mansfield’s hurlers in the frame as Wyalusing scored all its runs without a hit.

With one out, Mitchell Pickett, Jordan Salsman and Dom Ciccolini all walked off reliever Matt Reese, who had replaced Zaparzynski to open the frame.

Nick Saniga replaced Reese and proceeded to walk Christian Carr, Kye Novak and Champluvier, forcing three runs to knot the score.

Thomas Johnston came on and restored order with a pair of strikeouts.

Mansfield came close to retaking the lead in the top of the fifth.

Walks to Callahan and Shaw and a one-out error off the bat of Logan Wise loaded the bases.

But the threat was killed when Mitchell Pickett and Novak combined for an inning-ending double play.

Davis and Curley held Mansfield hitless over the last three innings. Davis had two strikeouts and two walks, while Curley gave up one walk.

The four Mansfield hurlers combined to allow four hits and eight walks with five strikeouts.

In the first game, Mansfield gave starter Zach Ameigh, who tossed a three-hit shutout, all the support he needed with a solo run in the second inning.

Johnston’s sacrifice fly scored Shaw, who had reached on a fielder’s choice that erased Callahan. Callahan had reached on a wild pitch on a third strike.

Parsons singled Shaw over to second. Ameigh reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases for Johnston.

In the third inning, an RBI double by Callahan and Shaw’s RBI triple gave Ameigh two insurance runs.

Ameigh fanned five batters and walked just one.

Two of Wyalusing’s came in the first inning as Champluvier and Carr opened with back-to-back singles.

Logan Hitchcock added a single in the third inning.

Hitchcock worked the first three innings for Wyalusing, giving up three hits and a walk, while fanning two batters.

Curley closed out the game with two no-hit innings, including a pair of strikeouts.

Wyalusing, now 7-3, will conclude the regular season with two games with Towanda, tentatively set as a doubleheader on June 30 with the site to be determined. 

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