Waverly tops Towanda; Canton, Tioga pick up wins
TOWANDA - Towanda had a rough first game as they opened the season with an 11-3 loss to Waverly in non-league baseball action Friday.
The Wolverines rode ace Patric Bronson six innings for the win. He struck out 11 while allowing two hits, four walks and two earned runs.
"I would much rather start against some other type of pitcher," Towanda coach Bill Sexton remarked. "It gives us a good evaulation of where we are out to be."
Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee felt Bronson was on today, too.
"I was very impressed with Patric on the mound today," he said. "Towanda is a sectional caliber team."
Facing a thrower the caliber of Bronson is good experience for down the road, though.
"If you are going to be successful you have to do stuff against a pitcher like that. We have to hit the ball better, we have to swing at strikes. We took too many pitches. It's hard enough to hit a guy like that, you can't spot them pitches."
Towanda's four pitchers combined to strike out 14 batters on the day but also gave up nine hits and six walks.
"I don't think defense was our biggest problem, I think our biggest problem was we didn't pitch really well tonight," Sexton explained. "We pitched from behind, put too many people on base and gave them opportunities to capitalize on it. We got down by too much against a real good pitcher, too."
Waverly's Zach Saxon was one of those who capitalized, going 2-for-2 with his second home run of the season along with three runs and 3-RBI.
"Zach Saxon hit the ball again hard for a 3-run home run," McDuffee remarked. "This was big because Towanda scored three in the previous inning."
Zach Cooney was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Cody Marchese, Anthony Girolamo, Dylan Perry and Bronson also had hits.
Tim Sutton scored three times for Waverly while Marchese, Matt Lee and Alex Uhl also crossed home. Marchese had 2-RBI with Perry adding one.
Marchese also pitched the final inning for the Wolverines, striking out one while allowing one hit.
For the Knights Jared Lines was 1-for-3 with 2-RBI while Brandon Dinelli and Austin Markel had the other two hits. Markel, Sawyer Strope and Ty Johnson scored the three Towanda runs.
Markel started and earned the loss, going two innings to allow two hits, five earned runs and three walks while striking out four. Strope pitched the next three innings, striking out six while allowing three earned runs, three hits and three walks.
Dylan Bates threw in the sixth, striking out all three batters he faced while Dinelli threw in the seventh, striking out one while allowing four hits and one earned run.
Canton 6, Wyalusing 3
WYALUSING - A three-run sixth inning gave the Warriors an NTL win Friday.
Canton struck first with a run in the top of the second while the Rams struck back with a run in the bottom of the third.
The Warriors went up 2-1 in the top of the fourth, then pushed it to 5-1 with three runs in the sixth.
Canton would take a 6-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh but Wyalusing wasn't done yet. The Rams were able to get two runs in the bottom half of the inning but were too far down to complete the comeback.
Kyle Landis (2-for-2), Chase Pepper (2-for-3) and Josiah Bardo (2-for-4) led Canton at the plate. Pepper scored twice, Landis crossed home once while Bardo had an RBI and a double.
Trevor Route and Tanner Machmer also had hits and both scored runs. Machmer had a triple with an RBI while Route had 2-RBI with a stolen base. Jacob Butcher also had a hit while Garrett Wesneski scored a run and Wes Moore knocked one in.
Wesneski got the win as he and Chase Pepper combined for nine strikeouts, eight walks, two hits and three runs.
Cody Pickett and Andrew Pickett had the two Wyalusing hits with Andrew Pickett's a double. Cody Pickett scored twice while Andrew Pickett added 3-RBI. Isaac Bennett also scored.
Suede Reed and Kyle Tinna combined for nine hits, four strikeouts, two walks and six runs on the mound. Reed scored the loss.
Tioga 17, Newfield 13
In a back-and-forth contest it was the Tigers pulling out the win.
Tioga led 11-0 after three innings but Newfield rallied to take a 12-11 lead after the top of the sixth. Tioga rattled off six runs in the bottom half of the inning to retake control and secure the win.
Ryan Vergason and Carter Jackson both went 3-for-3 for the Tigers. Vergason added four runs and an RBI while Jackson had two doubles, 2-RBI and a run scored.
Jake Howland, Jesse Manuel, Travis Moyer, Zach Baker, Adam Perry and Chris Buffum had one hit each.
Howland aded three runs and 3-RBI, Dakota Skinner had 2-RBI and two runs scored, Simmons had 2-RBI, Moyer scored twice, Manuel and Baker had an RBI and run run scored each while Buffum also crossed home.
Manuel got the start, going four innings to strike out eight while allowing five hits and two earned runs. Vergason went the next inning, allowing two walks, one hit and five unearned runs.
Jackson pitched 1/3 of an inning, allowing one walk, two hits and two earned runs while Simmons came on and finished out the game. He got the win, striking out three while allowing one walk, one hit and one earned runs.
Xavier Baker was 3-for-5 with a double, 2-runs and an RBI to lead Newfield while Mikey Beach scored the loss.
Tioga travels to Edison Monday.
Sayre 9, Athens 8
SAYRE - The Redskins used an 8-run fifth inning to rally past the Wildcats in non-league baseball action Friday.
David Mendola and Nick Hall went 2-for-3 to lead Sayre with Mendola hitting a double. Both also scored once.
Kyle Lake and JP Harbst also had hits with Harbst scoring three times and Lake once. Jake Wheeler, Derrik Keir and Marshall Felt also scored for the Redskins.
Keir started while Nick Skerpon finished out. They combined for six strikeouts, nine hits, eight runs and three walks.
Troy Stivason, Curt Moore and Stag Shadduck had two hits each to lead the Wildcats while Jon Kleiner, Mike Estes and Jake Shaffer also had hits. One of Moore's hits was a double.
Stivason, Shadduck and Estes each scored twice while Moore and Shaffer scored once.
Craig Moore started for the Wildcats.