Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — Waverly fought back from a five-run deficit, but its rally fell just short in a 7-6 loss to Lansing here Tuesday afternoon in IAC junior varsity baseball action.
Lansing built a 6-1 lead through 3 1/2 innings, but Waverly chipped away at the deficit.
Ryan Bennett led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single. After a steal of second base, he scored on an RBI single by Robert Clover.
Lansing answered with a run in the top of the fifth inning to push the lead back to five runs, at 7-2.
Derek Seymour singled to lead off the home half of the fifth, and Damien McConnell worked a walk, but a pop out, and a 6-4-3 double play ended the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, Brady Blauvelt and Bennett led off with back-to-back singles. Brennan Traub and Clover plated runs with consecutive RBI groundouts to cut the deficit to 7-4.
Gage Tedesco and Seymour tried to re-ignite the rally with back-to-back two-out singles, but a strikeout ended the threat.
Kaden Wheeler led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single and moved to second on an error that allowed Nick VanHouten to reach base. With one out, Bennett slammed an RBI double to make it 7-5.
After Traub delivered an RBI single to trim the deficit to 7-6, Clover walked to load the bases, but an infield pop out and a strikeout ended the threat and stranded all three runners on base.
Bennett had three hits, including a double, scored two runs, stole two bases, and drove in one run, and Seymour stroked a pair of singles to pace Waverly’s 10-hit attack.
Traub singled, scored one run, and had two RBI for the Wolverines, while Clover singled and drove in two runs, Wheeler and Blauvelt singled and scored one run, and Tedesco added a single.
VanHouten had the best turn on the mound for the Wolverines, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts and one walk.
Waverly, now 1-1, hosts Edison Friday.
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