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NTL BASEBALL: SAYRE TOPS NP-MANSFIELD, 10-2, IN RAIN-SHORTENED GAME (12 PHOTOS) (2021-04-28)

Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — Sophomore Lucas Horton pitched three hitless innings, and junior Brayden rapped out three hits to lead Sayre’s 14-hit attack in a rain-shortened, 10-2, five-inning win over Northeast Bradford here Wednesday afternoon on Ralph Hendershot Field at Riverfront Park.

“It was another good team win,” said Sayre coach Jamie VanDuzer. “We continued to hit the ball hard and have quality at-bats.

“The top of our line-up was on fire tonight,” noted VanDuzer. “Our first five guys accounted for 11 of the 14 hits. Jake Burgess did what he's been doing all year — set the table right off the bat, and the next three or four just move him and each other around.

“Coach Cron preaches the approach at the plate at practice, and Coach Wheeler has some magic BP working in pre-game,” added VanDuzer.  “Whatever it is, theses kids continue to flat out hit and it's fun to watch.”

The Redskins took a quick 1-0 lead when senior Jake Burgess led off the home half of the first inning with a double, and scored on an RBI single by Brayden Horton.

After an NP-M error, junior David Northrup ripped an RBI double to left field to make it 2-0.

With two outs — both coming on a double play that plated Lucas Horton, who reached on the error, junior Mason Houseknecht capped the rally with an RBI single to right field that upped the lead to 4-0.

Burgess, Brayden Horton, and Lucas Horton stroked consecutive singles to load the bases in the bottom of the second inning.

Northrup’s sacrifice fly extended the Sayre lead to 5-0, and senior Zach Moore stroked an RBI single to make it 6-0, but the Tigers avoided further damage.

Houseknecht led off the home half of the third inning with a single, and Hubbard worked a walk to put runners on first and second.

With one out and runners on second and third, Brayden Horton sliced a two-run single to left field to make it 8-0. He scored moments later on a ringing RBI double to dead center field off the bat of Lucas Horton.

After a single by Northrup, Moore singled up the middle to give the Redskins a 10-0 lead.

The Tigers touched Sayre reliever Kannon VanDuzer for two hits and a base on ball to score a pair of runs, but he settled down and retired the final three batters of inning.

With the rain starting to fall, VanDuzer pitched around a single in the top of the fifth inning to make it an official game.

The skies let loose with one out in the Sayre half of the fifth. After a brief delay, the umpires called the game.

Lucas Horton earned the win. He fanned five and walked two. VanDuzer allowed two runs on three hits, while striking out two and walking one in two innings of work.

“Luke and Kannon both pitched pretty good,” said VanDuzer. “Luke didn't really give many opportunities in the first three innings. Kannon gave up a couple runs, but was able to pitch his way out of it.”

Brayden Horton stroked three singles, scored three runs, and collected three RBI, while Burgess doubled and singled, and scored three runs, and Lucas Horton doubled and singled, scored two runs, and knocked in one run.

Northrup doubled and singled, and had two RBI in the win, while Moore singled twice and drove in two runs, and Houseknecht singled twice, scored one run, and drove in one run. VanDuzer added a  single, and sophomore Zach Garrity scored one run.

Sayre, now 10-0, returns to action Saturday when it plays at Tioga (10 a.m.) and Waverly (1 p.m.).

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IN PHOTO 1: Sayre’s Lucas Horton. … PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.

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