|IAC / NTL BASEBALL: WAVERLY RALLIES TO TOP ATHENS, 6-3 (16 PHOTOS) (2018-05-11)
Valley Sports Report
ATHENS — Waverly took advantage of four base on balls, and an Athens error in a fifth-inning rally that completed the Wolverines’ comeback efforts in a 6-3 win over the Wildcats here Friday afternoon in non-league baseball action.
The Wildcats, who left runners on second and third in the second inning, after a pair of strikeouts by Waverly starter Bradey Roney, got on the board first with two runs in the home half of the third inning.
Junior Kaden Rude reached on an error to lead off the inning, and moved to second when junior Nick Watkins was hit by a pitch.
After senior Cory Stivason’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base, Rude scored on a passed ball to make it 1-0, then junior Nate Kennedy plated a run with groundout.
Waverly answered with two runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the game. Junior Montana Davis reached base on a dropped third strike, moved to second on a ground out, and scored on an RBI single by sophomore Scotty Woodring.
After walks to senior Mike Shaffer, and Roney loaded the bases, sophomore Jalen McCarty beat out a potential double-play grounder to plate Woodring with the tying run.
The Wildcats answered Waverly with a run in the home half of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Junior Ethan Witherow led off the frame with a single, stole second and third base, and scored on a one-out RBI single by Jeff Reagan.
Senior Jason Morales took a four-pitch walk to lead off the top of the fifth inning. With one out, Davis singled to move courtesy-runner Ethan Lloyd to second base.
After Lloyd was thrown out attempting to steal third, senior Eithan McEnulty worked a walk, and Woodring hit an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 3-3. Shaffer then walked to re-load the bases, and a Wildcat error gave the Wolverines a 4-3 lead.
Waverly scored its final run of the inning on a bases-loaded walk to McCarty to make it 5-3.
The Wolverines added an insurance run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Woodring to extend the lead to 6-3.
The Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth on a pair of Waverly errors, sandwiched around a hit batsman, but McEnulty, who retired the side in order in his first inning of relief in the fifth inning, pitched out of the jam with a strikeout, and a fly ball to center fielder Colby Sindoni, who ended the inning by gunning down a runner at the plate.
McEnulty pitched around a two-out single in the seventh inning by Stivason to preserve the win.
Woodring stroked three singles, scored two runs, and had three RBI to pace Waverly’s seven-hit attack, while McCarty singled, stole two bases and had two RBI, and Davis singled, and scored two runs.
Morales doubled for the Wolverines, and Sindoni added a single.
Roney earned the win, allowing three runs — one earned — on five hits in four innings of work. He fanned six, and walked two.
McEnulty earned the save for the Wolverines with three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed one hit, and stuck out three.
Witherow singled twice, stole two bases, and scored a run to pace Athens at the plate, while Rude singled, stole two bases, and scored a run, and Reagan singled and knocked in a run.
Joe Parshall doubled for the Wildcats, and Stivason added a single.
Kennedy started for the Wildcats, allowing two runs — one earned — on one hit, while striking out four, and walking five in four innings of work.
Stivason and Witherow were tagged for four runs in relief, the sophomore Aaron Lane closed out the game with two innings of scoreless relief, allowing three hits, and striking out two.
Waverly, now 11-8, closes out the regular season Saturday when it hosts Sayre at noon, while Athens, now 10-6, plays at Mansfield Tuesday.
IN PHOTO 1: Waverly’s Bradey Roney. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.