James leads Towanda past Athens.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | May 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy The Review


2014 Towanda vs. Athens BaseballWYSOX - Tristan James led Towanda to a 4-1 win over Athens in NTL Large School baseball action Monday.

James had a no-hitter from the mound and was the driving force in the Knights' big third inning.

"I thought James threw a real strong game tonight," said Towanda coach Bill Sexton. "He pitched himself out of some trouble caused by some poor defense behind him."

Towanda had four errors in the game, three in the fourth inning when the Wildcats scored their lone run.

"Only two balls were hit well," explained Sexton. "And we had two good plays in the outfield. We had Landon Brown make a real nice catch in right field and Jared Lines made a real nice catch in center on a (Troy) Stivason ball. Aside from that (James) was pretty dominant. Only three balls hit into the outfield and really nothing all that hard hit in the infield."

James finished with two walks and one unearned run with eight strikeouts for the complete game. He improves to 3-3.

Towanda got their big break in the third when Jared Lines singled with one out. After reaching second on a wild pitch Dylan Bates was intentionally walked with two outs.

James then hit a single into right field that brought in Lines. The rightfielder missed the ball allowing Bates to score and James to reach third.

"It was a quality at bat out of Tristan James," said Sexton.

Sawyer Strope then came in to run for James and scored on a wild pitch.

Athens came back in the fourth as back to back errors allowed Dan Fisher and Nick Vosburg to reach. An error off a Troy Stivason bunt scored Fisher to cut it to 3-1.

Then in the bottom half of the inning Devin Patel led off with a double. Two at bats later a ground out by Noah Huff moved Patel to third. After an Ethan Barto walk a Jared Lines single scored Patel to make it the 4-1 final.

Lines finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

"We had a real nice night out of Lines tonight," said Sexton. "The first three times he was up he had hits. It was his first night in the 3-hole for us and he responded well. His hits led to a run and an RBI, he was involved in two of the four runs we scored. A big night for him."

James went and Patel had the other two Towanda hits.

For Athens Sam Perri went five innings for the loss. He struck out seven while allowing five hits, three earned runs and six walks.

Stivason pitched the final inning with three strikeouts and a walk.

Athens now falls to 8-4 in the NTL but is still at the top of the NTL standings as Mansfield fell to Troy 22-11 to fall to 9-5.

The Wildcats travel to Wyalusing today and then host Mansfield Wednesday.

Towanda's win puts them at 10-5 and still alive for the NTL race.

This win marks a big turnaround for the Knights.

"We were 5-6 at one point and just kind of struggling along," explained Sexton. "We've won seven in a row through the league and we were able to beat all the teams that beat us the first half of the league season. We have a little momentum going. We'll see if this momentum turns into something in district play for us."

Troy 22, Mansfield 11

The Trojans qualified for districts with their big NTL baseball win Monday.

"I'm just extremely ecstatic for the boys for the way that they've worked," said Troy coach Steve Mattocks. "They came out tonight ready to go."

Jed Wright had four hits, three runs and an RBI to lead Troy while Isaac Havens had two hits, 3-RBI and four runs. Kyle Schucker had two hits, including a double, with an RBI while Collin Binford had two hits with a run scored and an RBI.

Jarod Mattocks had a double with five runs scored, Brandon Mattocks had a double with 2-RBI and two runs, Kyle Jackson had three runs and an RBI, Dane Smith had a double with an RBI and a run scored while Mitchel Morse had a run scored and an RBI.

Isaac Havens earned the win, allowing six runs on five hits while Jackson came on in relief for three hits, three strikeouts and five runs.

For Mansfield Brady Andrews had two hits, including a double, with three runs while Matt Sullivan had two hits and two runs.

Jarrod Burd, Levi Adams and JP Shaw also had hits. Burd and Adams scored with Burd also knocking in a run.

Bryce Zaparzynski earned the loss.

"We started out 4-6 and have gone 6-3 in the second half, so we're coming on strong," said Mattocks. "We've been averaging 10 hits a game that last nine games. The pitching is coming around and the bats are definitely working. We just have to keep working, the kids are ready."

Despite the loss Mansfield is just one game back of Athens in the NTL standings loss column. They travel to Athens on Wednesday while the Wildcats travel to Wyalusing today.

Troy will host Danville Wednesday.

Wellsboro 7, Wyalusing 5

The Green Hornets earned a district berth with their NTL baseball win Monday.

The two teams were tied 4-4 when Wellsboro out scored Wyalusing 3-1 in the final two innings.

Dawson Prough went 2-for-2 with 2-RBI and a run scored to lead Wellsboro while Brandon Owlett was 2-for-4 with a run. Cody DeHaas went 2-for-4 with two runs while Nick Levindoski, James Mundy and Joe Allen also had hits.

Levindoski and Allen each scored a run with an RBI.

Owlett earned the win, striking out five while allowing five walks, seven hits and four earned runs.

Devon Carr had a double with two runs for the Rams while Holdan Hitchcock, Kyle Tinna, Dylan Otis, Jordan Salsman and Ridge Williams had hits.

Collin Edsell had a double with a run scored. Tinna crossed home while Salsman had an RBI.

Tinna earned the loss, striking out six while allowing two walks, nine hits and six earned runs.

The Rams host Athens today.

Canton 9, Williamson 3

Chase Pepper was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs and 3-RBI to lead Canton to the NTL Small School baseball win Monday.

Garrett Wesneski had a 3-run home run with two runs while Kyle Landis added a 2-run home run.

Bryce Cole, Chase Dapp and Tanner Machmer also had hits. Trevor Route scored twice with Mason Martell and Jarin Segur each scoring once.

Wesneski started and earned the win, going two innings with four strikeouts and a walk. John Bowman went the next two with four strikeouts and a walk. Martell pitched the fifth, striking out three with three runs while Pepper went the final two innings with two strikeouts.

Jon Daley, Matt Learn, Anthony Bastian, Troy Adriance and Colin Heilbrun all had hits for Williamson. Learn took the loss.

Canton is at Towanda Wednesday.

Cowanesque Valley 6, Sayre 2

The Indians were able to pick up the NTL Small School win despite having just one hit.

Ryan Freeman had the hit with two runs while Tyler Melko had two runs and 2-RBI. Nate Bonham and Brandon McLean also scored while Brendon Bell knocked in a run.

Brandon Whitesell earned the win, striking out six while allowing three hits, three walks and two earned runs.

JP Harbst and Nick Hall had home runs for Sayre with Hall going 2-for-3.

Derrick Keir earned the loss, striking out 11 while allowing one hit, six walks and two earned runs.

Newark Valley 10, Waverly 2

The Cardinals pounded out 10 hits as they picked up the IAC baseball win Monday.

For Waverly Dylan Perry and Kyle Kinsley both went 2-for-3 with a double while Perry scored. Peyton Miller and Alex Volpe both had doubles with Volpe crossing home.

Zach Saxon added an RBI.

Colton Miller started and earned the loss, going two innings with two strikeouts, two walks, seven hits and four earned runs.

Volpe came on in relief, going the final four innings with three strikeouts, seven hits, two walks and three earned runs.

Blake Novi went 3-for-3 with two runs and 2-RBI to lead Newark Valley while Vinnie Darpino earned the complete game win. He struck out eight with six hits and one walk.