Pepper's HR leads Canton past Towanda.

By: The Review | Towanda Daily Review | April 3, 2014 | Photo courtesy The Review


2014 Canton vs. Towanda BaseballCANTON - Canton picked up a second big win in consecutive days as they edged Towanda 2-1 in NTL baseball action Wednesday.

"It's a nice win," Canton coach Bob Rockwell said. "It's so early, neither team is ready to hit yet. It will change as the season goes on."

For Towanda coach Bill Sexton, it was a tough one to let get away.

"It was kind of a frustrating game to lose," he said. "It was a typical first game. Our hitting wasn't where it needed to be as we faced some good pitchers. We were only to scrape out the one run, had some areas we need to get better."

A Chase Pepper home run in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie, hit second solo shot in as many days.

"Chase has made an adjustment and it seems to be working for him," remarked Rockwell. "He had a big hit for us."

The Black Knights took an early lead with Dylan Bates scoring a run off a Sawyer Strope single.

That held until the fourth inning when a Tanner Machmer single scored Garrett Wesneski to knot things up at 1-all.

The Pepper's home run gave Canton the lead and ultimately the win.

On the mound the Warriors only gave up one hit. Wesneski started, pitching the first inning with one strikeout, two walks, one hit and one run.

John Bowman came on in relief for three innings, allowing no hits and three walks with four strikeouts.

"Bowman was big tonight," Rockwell said. "That was something we had to have."

Pepper pitched the final three innings and earned the win. He struck out four while allowing one walk.

The victory comes a day after Canton won a close game over Wellsboro.

"All three guys threw last night and their pitch count was up," explained Rockwell. "Their arms are less than 100% right now."

Defense was also important for Canton as catcher Travis Butcher threw out three base runners trying to steal second.

"That was huge for us," remarked Rockwell. "You stop the running game, that's big."

Trevor Route (2-for-3) and Wesneski (2-for-2) had multiple hit games for Canton while Pepper, Machmer and Bowman had the other three Warrior hits.

For Towanda, Tristan James went the first five innings, striking out two while allowing four hits, one run and one hit batsman.

"I thought James pitched pretty well tonight the first time out," Sexton said. "We were looking at having him go three innings in the 60-70 pitch range and we were able to get five innings out of him between 60-70 pitches. A pretty good outing from him tonight."

Nick Place came on in relief and gave up two hits and one earned run while striking a batter out.

"Place put the ball in a bad location against a hot hitter," said Sexton. "Those things will happen."

At the plate Strope had the lone Knight hit and went 1-for-3 on the day while Dylan Bates drew two walks. Jared Lines, Place, James and Devin Patel also drew walks.

Canton will travel to Wellsboro Friday while Towanda will host Cowanesque Valley Monday for their home opener.

Athens 6, Northeast Bradford 0

LERAYSVILLE - Athens pitchers held NEB to two hits as they picked up an NTL baseball win Wednesday.

The Wildcats broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with two runs then added five more in the sixth to pick up the win.

Zane Vargason started and went four innings for the win, striking out six while allowing one hit and two walks. Cody Jennings came on in relief, going two innings to strike out two while Troy Stivason threw the final inning, striking out two.

At the plate Vargason was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Nick Vosburg and Tyler Secules also had hits.

Dan Fisher, Vosburg, Stivason, Luke Newman and Matt Collins all scored.

Jennings knocked in two runs while Stivason, Newman and Tyler Forbes each had an RBI.

Brian Horton started for Northeast and earned the loss. He went five innings, striking out four while allowing three hits, two runs and one walk.

Jeremiah Harvey came on for a third of an inning, allowing one hit, three earned runs and two walks while Brian Chilson pitched two-thirds of an inning with a run scored and two walks.

Nik Geiser pitched the final inning for the Panthers.

Horton and Hunter Condusta had the two Northeast Bradford hits.

Troy 10, Cowanesque Valley 3

The Trojans found their offense as they picked up an NTL baseball win Wednesday.

Brandon Mattocks and Mitchell Morse both went 3-for-4 while Isaac Havens and Kyle Schucker each had a hit.

Brandon Mattocks scored three times, Morse twice while Jarod Mattocks also scored.

Jarod Mattocks added 3-RBI while Havens and Schucker knocked in two runs each.

On the mound Schucker started and went two innings for the win, striking out one while allowing three hits and two earned runs. Havens went 2-innings to give up a home run and two strikeouts while Ethan Calkins came in the bottom of the fifth to get the save. Calkins faced the minimum nine batters in three innings with three strikeouts.

For CV Brandon Whitesell earned the loss, starting and going five innings to allow five runs on two hits with four walks and four strikeouts.

Tyler Melko had a home run for CV while Whitesell and Nate Bonham had two hits each for the Indians.

Troy will host Williamson Friday.

Wellsboro 18, Sayre 8, 6 innings

It took eight runs in the sixth inning but the Hornets were able to pull away from the Redskins to get the NTL baseball win Wednesday.

Wellsboro jumped up 6-0 in the top of the first but Sayre came back in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs of their own.

The Hornets added two more in the second to make it 8-4 but the Redskins were able to get one back in the bottom half to cut it to 8-5.

Wellsboro scored one more in the third to make it 9-5 but Sayre cut it to 9-8 with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

The Hornets made it 10-8 with a run in the fourth.

After a scoreless fifth Wellsboro scored eight in the sixth to get the win.

Dylan Prough led the way for Wellsboro, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Brian Doty added two hits, including a double, with three runs scored.

Joe Allen added a double while Brandon Owlett, Dawson Prough and Brett Kendrick also had hits.

Doty scored three times while Dawson Prough, Nick Tremper and Allen scored twice. Owlett, Sam Moss, Cody DeHaas and Larry Walters also scored.

On the mound James Mundy started and earned the win, going two innings to strike out four. Allen went the final four, striking out eight in relief.

For Sayre Marshall Felt went 3-for-4 with a run scored while Jake Wheeler and Matt Williams also had hits. Wheeler and Williams scored twice while Cuyler Kochin, Nick Hall and Jake Goodrich also crossed home.

Derrick Keir started and earned the loss, striking out seven while Hall came in for 2 1/3-innings with three strikeouts. Kochin pitched the final two-thirds.

Mansfield 13, Williamson 6

Bryce Zaparzynski went 3-for-3 with a triple, 2-RBI and a run scored to power the Tiger offense to an NTL win Wednesday.

Carl Dinger went 2-for-4 while Brady Andrews, Nick Mahonski and Matt Sullivan had one hit each. Sullivan's was a double.

Andrews added three runs, Mahonski scored twice while Sullivan knocked in two runs.

On the mound Jarrod Burd started and earned the win, going 3 2/3-innings with three strikeouts, two walks and five runs. Zaparzynski went the final 3 1/3-innings with two strikeouts and a walk.

For Williamson Billy Barnes went 2-for-3 while Chris Learn had a hit and scored a run. Kyle Colegrove also scored twice.

On the mound Dalton Confer started and went three innings to give up nine runs. Learn went the final three innings to allow four runs.

Mansfield will host Sayre Friday.

Waverly 10, Candor 3

The Wolverines pounded out nine hits to win their IAC opener Wednesday.

Both teams scored three runs in the first inning while Waverly added four more in the second to take a 7-3 lead.

They would get another run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to secure the win.

Brendyn Stillman led Waverly at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs and 4-RBI. Peyton Miller went 2-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base while Dylan Perry, Zach Saxon, Collin Traub and Mike Girolamo also had hits. Perry's was a double.

Perry crossed home three times while Saxon, Traub and Girolamo also scored.

On the mound Alex Uhl started and got the win, going four innings to strike out six while allowing five walks, two hits and one earned run.

Colton Miller came on in relief, going the final three innings to strike out three while allowing one walk and one hit.

"Brendyn Stillman did an excellent job at the plate with 4-RBI," remarked Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee. Colton Miller did a nice job pitching the final three innings of shut out ball."

Waverly will host Notre Dame Friday.

Notre Dame 24, Newfield 3

The Crusaders rolled to a win in their first full IAC baseball contest Wednesday.

Derek Marshall went 3-for-5 to lead the way with two doubles, 5-RBI and three runs while Hunter Thomas was 2-for-3 with a double, 4-RBI and four runs.

Cameron Reid went 2-for-4 with a double, 3-RBI and three runs scored.

Sam Bruner added a double while Parker May of Ridgebury, Brian Hale and Matt LaBadie of Troy also had hits.

Georgi Sakhuadze, who has never played baseball, recorded a hit, run and 2-RBI.

Bruner added 2-RBI with two runs while May, Hale and Kyle Minchin scored twice. LaBadie scored once with 2-RBI.

On the mound May started and went 4 2/3-innings with 11 strikeouts, two walks and one hit. Joe Prunier came on in relief for 1 1/3-innings with three earned runs, three hits, three walks and one strikeout.

Marshall finished out with one hit, one strikeout and one walk.

The Crusaders travel to Waverly Friday.

Muncy 16, Sullivan County 1, 4 innings

The Griffins fell in their Heartland Conference opener Wednesday.

Conner Wylie started and earned the loss, going two-thirds of an inning to allowing eight runs on seven hits.

Taylor Baldwin went the next 1 1/3-innings with three runs on two hits with one strikeout.

Colton Fry pitched the final two-thirds with five runs on two hits.

At the plate Aaron Wheeler went 1-for-2 with a double and RBI for Sullivan. Taylor Shenk also had a hit.

For Muncy Anthony Barberio earned the win, going four innings with two hits, one walk and 10 strikeouts.