NTL BASEBALL: SAYRE BLASTS WILLIAMSON, 18-3, IN THREE INNINGS (20 PHOTOS)
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — Junior Kannon VanDuzer slammed his fourth home run in as many games, and drove in six runs to lead Sayre to an 18-3 three-inning win over Williamson here Tuesday afternoon in NTL Small School Division baseball action at Riverfront Park.
The left-handed hitting VanDuzer is hitting .692 (9 hits in 13 at-bats) with four home runs and 20 RBI.
After senior Zach Moore pitched around a lead-off single in the top of the first inning, the Sayre offense pushed five runs across the plate in the home half of the frame.
The Redskins took a 1-0 lead without putting the bat on the ball, thanks to consecutive walks to senior Jake Burgess, junior Brayden Horton, sophomore Lucas Horton, and Moore.
With one out, VanDuzer laced a two-run double to right field to make it 3-0, and junior Mason Houseknecht followed with an RBI single up the middle. Sophomore Jackson Hubbard’s sacrifice fly capped the rally.
After a 1-2-3 inning by Moore in the top of the second, Sayre put the game out of reach with 10 runs in the bottom of the inning.
Leading 7-0, VanDuzer cleared the bases with his second grand slam of the season, a blast over the right-field fence to make it 11-0.
Burgess and Moore added two-RBI singles later in the inning to make it 15-0.
Williamson scored three runs in the top of the third inning, without the benefit of a hit. The Warriors turned four walks, two hit batters, and an error into three runs, but a rare 6-5-4 double-play kept it from being a bigger inning.
In the bottom of the inning, Hubbard stroked an RBI single to make it 16-3, then Kegan Hayford was walked with the bases loaded, and Brayden Horton was hit by a pitch to force home another runner, invoking the 15-run “mercy” rule.
Joining VanDuzer with multiple hits were Burgess, Moore, and Hubbard, who were all 2-for-2 with two runs, and two RBI.
Houseknecht singled, scored two runs, and drove in one run for the Redskins, while sophomore Zach Garrity and Hayford each scored one run and drove in one run, Lucas Horton scored three runs, Brayden Horton scored two runs, and drove in one run, and Oakley Gorman crossed the plate once.
Moore earned the win with two innings of one-hit ball. He struck out two.
Sayre, now 4-0, travels to Northeast Bradford Wednesday.
IN PHOTO 1: Sayre’s Kannon VanDuzer. … PHOTOS BY DAVID ALLIGER — TRAVELING PORTRAITS.
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