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Valley Sports Report
ODESSA — Waverly battled back from an early five-run deficit, then held on fora wild, 13-11, win over O-M / Watkins Glen here Tuesday afternoon in IAC junior varsity baseball action.

Trailing 5-0 after two innings, the junior Wolverines got on the board in the third inning.

Kadyn Whitney led off the third with a double, and was on third after an infield single by Connor Stotler. Landon McCarty’s RBI single gave Waverly its first run, and a squeeze bunt by Jake Benjamin plated Stotler to trim the deficit to 5-2.

The Seneca Indians got a runback in the home half of the third and led 6-2.

Brayden Talada led off the Waverly fourth with a walk, and Sean Bubniak followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Consecutive RBI singles by Nehemiah Anthony and Ryan Bostwick cut the gap to 6-4, and Stotler’s sacrifice fly moved the Wolverines within a run, at 6-5.

After a single by McCarty, Benjamin tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

Anthony reached base on an error to start the top of the sixth, stole second, and moved to third on a passed ball. After a walk to Bostwick, Stotler ripped a two-RBI double to right field to give Waverly an 8-6 lead. Stotler then stole third and scored on an errant throw on the play.

The Seneca Indians responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the game at 9-9.

Talada led off the top of the seventh with a single, but was quickly replaced on the base paths by Bubniak on a fielder’s choice.

After a double by Anthony put runners on second and third, an errant pick-off throw to third allowed Bubniak to score, and Anthony to take third base.

An RBI groundout off the bat of Stotler gave Waverly an 11-9 lead, and advance Bostwick to third base.

McCarty followed with an RBI single, and scored on an RBI double by Benjamin to make it 13-9.

O-M / WG would not go quietly. They scored two runs and had runners on second and third, but Anthony snagged a fly ball to left field and doubled-off a runner at second base to end the game.

McCarty had four hits, including a double, one run scored, and two RBI to lead Waverly’s 14-hit attack, while Stotler doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in four, and Anthony doubled and singled, scored three runs, and knocked in one.

Benjamin doubled and collected three RBI in the win, while Bostwick singled, scored three times, and drove in one run, Whitney doubled and scored one run, Bubniak singled and scored two runs, Talada singled and scored one run, and Thomas Morley added a single.

Waverly, now 10-1, travels to Lansing Wednesday, then wraps up its season Thursday at home against Tioga.



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