Canton clinches share of NTL West title with win over Mansfield; Waverly forces divsional playoff
Canton used a big first inning to beat Mansfield and earn at least a share of the NTL West baseball title Friday.
The Warriors scored six in the first inning en route to their 9-5 win.
"We got off to a good start," Canton coach Bob Rockwell said.
Kyle Landis and Chase Pepper both had 2-run home runs for Canton. Landis was 2-for-2 with a run scored while Pepper was 2-for-4 with 3-RBI and two runs scored.
Emmett Watson was 2-for-2 wihth two runs, Josiah Bardo was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and 2-RBI and Garrett Wesneski was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Connor Route, Wes Moore and Trevor Route also had hits. Moore scored twice while Trevor Route knocked in a run.
Pepper earned the win, going the first five innings to strike out eight while allowing three walks and no earned runs.
Wesneski went the final two with one walk and four strikeouts for the save.
Taylor Hillson, Max Colegrove, Sam Rotella and Brady Andrews had the four Mansfield hits. Hillson also had an RBI.
Rotella started but failed to get out of the first inning. Bryce Zaparzysnki came in but left shortly as well after walking three batters. Andrews then took over and went the rest of the way.
They combined for six walks and two strikeouts.
Despite the big win Rockwell sees they still have room for improvement as they had six errors on the day.
"We have to shore up our defense," he said. "We did not play good defense tonight."
They will travel to Cowanesque Valley for a make-up today at 2 p.m. then host Wellsboro on Monday. One more win and they clinch the title outright.
"We just want to take it one game at a time," Rockwell remarked. "All we care about tomorrow is CV."
Waverly 5, Newark Valley 3
"We came to play today."
That's how Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee described his team's effort in their IAC baseball win Friday.
They needed this win to force a playoff with Notre Dame for their division title. The playoff will be on Monday with a 4:30 p.m. start.
In the first inning a Zach Cooney single brought home Cody Marchese and Anthomy Girolamo to put the Wolverines up 2-0. A Patric Bronson sac fly brought in Dylan Perry, followed by a Matt Lee single scoring Cooney to give Waverly a 4-0 lead.
They made it 5-0 with a run in the top of the third as a Zac Saxon single scored Perry.
Newark Valley would get two in the third then add one more in the fifth but that was the end of their rally.
Alex Uhl started and earned the win, going six innings with no strikeouts but allowed six hits, three earned runs and one walk. Bronson earns the save with three strikeouts in the final inning.
"Alex Uhl stepped up and pitched an excellent game in a big game for his young career," McDuffee said.
He was also pleased with his team's error free defense.
"No errors was very impressive," McDuffee said.
Marchese, Perry, Cooney, Saxon and Lee had the five hits.
Waverly will travel to Notre Dame Monday for a winner-take-all division title contest with a 4:30 p.m. start time.
Athens 10, Northeast Bradford 7
The Panthers jumped out early and rallied late but it was the Wildcats holding on for the NTL East win Friday.
Northeast led 4-3 after the second inning when in the top of the fourth Athens scored six runs to take a 9-4 lead. They would push it to 10-4 in the top of the seventh.
Northeast would fight back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning but the deficit was just too much.
Troy Stivason went 4-for-5 with a grand slam, 6-RBI and two runs scored to lead the Wildcats while Shane Vargason was 2-for-5 with two runs.
Craig Moore had a double with 2-RBI and a run scored, Mike Estes had a double with an RBI while Dan Fisher had a hit and scored a run.
Sam Perri started, going the first three innings to strikeout two with three walks, four hits and four runs. He earns the win.
Tyler Forbes came for the next two with three strikeouts and two walks while Craig Moore pitched the rest of the way with five strikeouts, two walks, one hit and three runs.
Bryan Ford had a double with three runs and 4-RBI to lead Northeast while Aaron Pifer, Dylan Saxon, James Zajac and Nic Geiser also had hits.
Zajac scored twice while Pifer, Saxon, Geiser, Jesse Stroud and Ben Abell also had hits.
Zajac started and earns the loss, going 3 2/3-innings to strike out three while allowing three walks, six hits and nine runs. Geiser came on for the rest of the way, striking out three while allowing two walks, three hits and one run.
Northeast hosts Wyalusing Monday.
Wellsboro 12, Williamson 2, 5 innings
The Green Hornets had two big innings at the plate to pick up this NTL West win.
They scored four in the second to take a 5-0 lead, then added six more in the fourth to secure the victory.
Dawson Prough was 2-for-3 with two doubles and 4-RBI while Dylan Prough went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Matt Reese went 1-for-2 with three runs.
Brandon Owlett started and earns the win, going three innings to strikeout eight while allowing six walks. Dawson Prough went the final two, striking out two with two walks.
Chris Learn went 2-for-3 for Williamson.
Kyle Colegrove scores the loss while Troy Adriance also saw action on the mound.
Wellsboro travels to Canton Monday.
Troy 18, Sayre 18, 7th inning
SAYRE - The NTL East game between Troy and Sayre was suspended due to darkness tied at 18 in the seventh inning.
They plan on resuming the game today.