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IAC BASEBALL: TIOGA PULLS OUT 6-1 WIN OVER NEWARK VALLEY, DESPITE BRILLIANT PITCHING PERFORMANCE BY WANDELL (12 PHOTOS) (2021-05-03)

Valley Sports Report
NEWARK VALLEY — Newark Valley pitcher Mikey Wandell was nearly untouchable, but Tioga touched up a pair of relievers in the top of seventh inning to pull out a 6-1 win here in IAC baseball action on a rainy Monday afternoon.

“(Wandell) was lights-out tonight, that’s for sure,” said Tioga coach Kevin Evanek. “He throws hard, and has good change-of-speed stuff.

“Our guys were good, too,” noted Evanek. “Bryce (Bailey) was able hold them in check. We weren’t able to do anything against Wandell, but Bryce did his part to keep it a 0-0 game until the fifth inning.

“We brought Perry in, and he threw very well,” noted Evanek. “It worked out for us.

“It was a pitcher’s night,” he added.

Wandell struck out 17 and walked two in 6 1/3 innings, but his error with one out in the seventh allowed Isaac Peterson to reach second base.

Dylan Scales relieved for the Cardinals (due to Wandell hitting the pitch-total limit) and struck out the first batter he faced, but during the at-bat Peterson advanced to third on a wild pitch.

After junior Casey Stoughton reached on a walk, Peterson scampered home on a passed ball to tie the game at 1-1.

Two pitches after Stoughton stole second base, sophomore Max Dydynski was hit by a pitch. Senior Cole Williams then put the Tigers ahead 2-1 with an RBI double to right field off NV reliever Brenton Rosenberger.

Junior Cobe Whitmore gave Tioga a bit of a cushion, at 4-1, with a two-RBI triple to left field. Consecutive walks to 8th-grader Conlan Taylor and senior Derrick Gage loaded the bases, and a passed ball plated Whitmore to make it 5-1.

After a walk to freshman Ethan Perry re-loaded the bases, Peterson was hit by a pitch to force home Tioga’s final run of the rally.

“When (Wandell) went out, we were able to get a couple guys on base, then we were able to put a couple of big hits together,” said Evanek. “An error and a couple passed balls helped us, and it kind of fell apart on them at that point.”

“It’s a big win for us,” added Evanek. “We beat their best pitcher, and we used our best two pitchers on Saturday … I was really pleased with my guys today.”

Perry, on in his second inning of relief, pitched around a one-out walk and an error in the home half of the seventh inning — ending the game with a pair of strikeouts to preserve the win.

Wandell struck out the first eight Tioga batters he faced before hitting Dydynski with a 3-2 pitch in the bottom of the third. After sophomore Bryce Bailey reached base on an error, Wandell closed out the third inning with a strikeout.

After striking out the side in order in the fourth and fifth innings, Wandell walked Dydynski and Bailey to start the sixth inning. A sacrifice bunt by Whitmore moved the runners to second and third, but Wandell struck out the next two Tioga batters to end the threat.

Nearly lost in the brilliance of Wandell’s performance was the pitching performances of Bailey, making his first varsity start, and Perry, who earned the win in relief.

Bailey allowed one run on three hits, while striking out six and walking three in five innings of work.

Newark Valley’s lone run of the game came in the fifth on back-to-back two-out doubles by Wandell and Sam Durand.

Perry pitched two innings of one-hit relief. He struck out four and walked one.

Whitmore tripled, scored one run, and drove in two runs, and Williams doubled, scored one run, and drove in one run to account for Tioga’s only two hits. Peterson scored one run and drove in one run, and Stoughton, Taylor, and Dydynski each scored one run.

Wandell doubled twice and scored one run for the Cardinals, while Durand doubled and drove in one run, and Jake Armstrong added a single.

Tioga, now 2-1, hosts Moravia Wednesday.

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IN PHOTO 1: Tioga’s Ethan Perry. … PHOTOS BY TIM TAYLOR.

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