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Wyalusing Legion Splits with Towanda

The Wyalusing American Legion baseball team completed the Bradford-Tioga League regular season with an 8-4 record following a doubleheader split with Towanda on June 30.

Wyalusing survived seven errors in the five-inning opening game of the twinbill at Wysox. Logan Hitchcock drove in a pair of runs in the 5-3 victory.

Towanda, behind the two-hit pitching of Austin Markel and Zach Ripic and a three-RBI effort by Alex Lyons, won the nightcap, 7-3. The game was called after four innings due to darkness.

In the opener, Wyalusing jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first.

Kye Novak walked to open the frame and, after reaching third on a pair of passed balls, scored on Joey Champluvier’s groundout.

Hitchcock followed with a single and eventually scored on Adam McCauley’s RBI single.

Towanda came back to tie the game in its half of the inning.

Cody Miller reached on a one-out walk, went to second on an error off the bat of Ripic and scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Zach Place that erased Ripic at second base.

Dakota Roof singled Place to third. Place scored on the front end of a double steal that saw the throw to second go into the outfield.

Wyalusing answered with three runs in the second inning.

With two outs, Novak walked and Champluvier singled, setting the table for Hitchcock’s two-run single.

Pete Champluvier singled in Hitchcock, who had taken second on the throw to the plate.

Other than the numerous Wyalusing errors, Towanda mustered very little offense as Trey Patton, Dan Curley and Reggie Davis combined for a two-hitter. Patton started and worked into the second inning, giving up one hit and two walks with two strikeouts. Curley worked two-plus innings of hitless relief, fanning three batters. Davis closed out the final inning, giving up one run on one hit. He fanned two batters.

Towanda did score one run in the bottom of the fifth.

After Jordan Dawsey doubled and reached second on an error, he scored on Nate Bennett’s groundout.

Miller went the distance for Towanda, giving up seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

In the nightcap, Towanda scored in every inning.

Towanda led 2-0 after the first inning as Roof singled home Bennett, who had opened the frame with a hit. After Place singled him to third, Roof scored on Miller’s sacrifice fly.

Wyalusing tied the game in the top of the second inning as Dom Ciccolini, who singled, and Patton, who walked, both scored on Nick Stanton’s infield single.

Towanda steadily pulled away from that point, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second, adding a solo run in the third and two more in the fourth.

Lyons hit a solo home run to lead off the second for Towanda.

After Coy Gobble singled, Dawsey reached on a fielder’s choice that erased Gobble at second. Nate Bennett singled and Roof walked to load the bases.

Dawsey scored when Place was hit by a pitch.

In the third inning, Markel reached on an error and scored on Bennett’s RBI single.

Walks to Place and Miller in the fourth inning set the table for Lyons’s two-run single.

Markel pitched the first three innings for Towanda, giving up three runs on three hits and four walks. He fanned two batters. Ripic tossed one inning of hitless relief.

Andrew Pickett started for Wyalusing, pitching two innings. He gave up four runs on six hits and one walk with one strikeout.

McCauley tossed the final two frames, giving up three runs on two hits and three walks. He had two strikeouts.

The league playoffs are slated to begin on July 12 and concluded with the championship game on July 13.

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