Towanda baseball rallies past Mansfield.
By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | May 6, 2014 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees
2014 NTL and District 4 News
By: Brian Fees | Towanda Daily Review | May 6, 2014 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees
WYSOX - For the Towanda Black Knights a leadoff single by Noah Huff began their comeback during a 4-3 win over Mansfield on Monday afternoon.
However, the comeback really started over the summer when Huff made a deal with teammates Dylan Bates and Nick Place.
The three agreed that if Bates played football and Place played basketball, then Huff would join the baseball team.
As it turns out it was a deal that has worked out for all three teams.
"It's been pretty good," Bates said. "His speed once he got on first base you knew he would make something happen."
The Black Knights had led most of the way on Monday, taking a 2-0 lead into the sixth, but two Mansfield runs in the sixth and another in the seventh had the Tigers leading 3-2 entering the bottom of the seventh.
"I thought we played very well tonight," Towanda coach Bill Sexton said. "I thought we hit the ball in a lot of unlucky situations early in the game and they made some catches. We kind of scraped to get those first two runs, particularly that one in the fifth. Huff had a couple balls he couldn't get down and we knew if you get a chance to get him on base he can get things happening.
"I felt pretty comfortable the whole game, then when they got the run off an error in the top of the seventh, that was either do or die for us in that situation."
In the seventh Huff got down 0-2 and then got a single to start the inning.
"I just wanted to put the ball in play, do something to give myself a chance to get on base," Huff said.
It didn't take long before Huff stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch.
"I knew I was going, I just didn't know which pitch to go on," Huff said of stealing second.
With Huff on third Jared Lines walked and stole second and Sawyer Strope followed with a single scoring Huff.
Nick Place was intentionally walked bringing up Bates with the bases loaded and Bates delivered a line-drive single to right.
"It felt good, I was struggling the whole day," Bates said. "If Nick doesn't get a hit I know I have confidence to."
For Bates once Place was walked he wanted to be in the situation to deliver the winning hit.
"I like it, especially with the bases loaded," he said. "It's a great feeling."
For Huff the fun part of Monday was that he got to start the comeback and Bates, who is one of the reasons he joined the baseball team, got to end it.
"It is fun," he said. "Too bad Nick didn't get the chance to hit, but Dylan did a great job. This was very big, it gives us two in a row." After Mansfield had taken the lead in the sixth inning the Black Knights knew they had to battle back.
"Everyone was up, we had the top of the order up and we knew we could do it," Bates said.
And, Huff was ready for the challenge of starting the winning rally.
"I love the pressure," he said. "It's a great feeling. It's definitely great to go out and be able to help get a win like that."
Towanda entered the day one game over .500 and they know it was important to get this win and make it back-to-back victories.
"Our goal is to take it one step at a time and try and get ourselves back," Sexton said. "We are certainly going to need a lot of help to get back in the league, but the goal is to take it one step at a time and hopefully play our best baseball the last three weeks and into districts and see what we can do. We have kids who can play baseball. Who knows what we can make out of this year. We kind of buried ourselves early and it's a matter of digging ourselves out one game at a time."
Huff had two hits, two runs and three stolen bases and Lines scored a run.
Strope had a hit and two RBI and Bates had a hit and an RBI.
Tristan James had a hit, Terrick Vargason scored a run and Richard Benjamin had two hits.
Devin Patel had a hit and Ethan Barto had an RBI for Towanda.
Strope pitched 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven, walking one and allowing five hits and two runs. Bates struck out four and allowed two walks and one unearned run in 1 1/3 innings.
Jarrod Burd pitched six innings for Mansfield, striking out four and walking two and allowing five hits. Bryce Zaparzynski took the loss, pitching the seventh and allowing two runs on two hits with no outs recorded.
Brady Andrews scored a run for Mansfield and Zaparzynski had two hits and he scored a run.
Burd had a hit and Rylan Whitmyer had a hit.
J.P. Shaw had a hit and an RBI.
Towanda is at NEB on Wednesday with a 4 p.m. start.
WYALUSING - The Trojans got five runs in the second inning on their way to the victory on Monday.
Jarrod Mattocks had two hits and scored two runs and Jed Wright had three hits, a run scored and a double.
Brandon Mattocks had three hits, a triple and scored three runs and Kyle Jackson had three hits, while Kyle Schucker had three hits, a run scored and two doubles.
Chance Lantz had a hit, Collin Binford scored a run, Brock Schucker had a home run and Dane Smith scored a run.
Kyle Schucker started and got the win, pitching three innings with two strikeouts. Isaac Havens worked three innings in relief and Ethan Calkins struck out two in an inning on the mound.
Holdan Hitchcock had a hit, an RBI and he scored two runs and Isaac Bennett had a double and he scored a run. Kyle Tinna had a double, an RBI and he scored three runs and Ridge Williams had a hit and an RBI.
Dylan Otis had a double and three RBI and Jordan Salsman scored a run.
Devin Carr had two doubles and two RBI, Collin Edsell had a hit and scored a run and Patrick Salsman had a hit.
Tinna pitched two innings, Bennett worked three innings and Hitchcock pitched two innings.
Wyalusing is at CV Wednesday.
The Warriors limited the Indians to one hit in the win.
Garrett Wesneski struck out four in two innings and Clayton Tymeson pitched two innings to get the win, while Chase Pepper struck out five in three innings for the save.
Brandon Whitesell of CV limited Canton to two hits in the complete game, striking out one.
Wesneski and Kyle Landis had hits and Landis, Connor Route and Tanner Machmer scored runs, with Trevor Route stealing two bases. Machmer and Mason Martell had RBI in the game.
Tyler Melko had a double for CV.
Tyler Forbes struck out 13 in six innings of four-hit ball, walking one to get the win.
Forbes also was the big hitter, with two hits, a double, and five RBI.
Ben Rubert struck out one and walked two in one inning of relief for Athens.
Dan Fisher had a hit and scored two runs and Zane Vargason scored two runs.
Troy Stivason had a double and an RBI and Vick Vosburg had an RBI.
Luke Newman scored two runs, Rubert had two hits and scored two runs and Matt Collins scored a run.
Hunter Thomas threw a complete game, striking out nine and allowing six hits and two runs, one earned, with one walk to get the win for Notre Dame.
Sam Bruner had a double and scored a run and Thomas had a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Parker May had a hit and scored two runs and Cameron Reid and Joe Prunier each had a hit and an RBI in the game.
Notre Dame is at Edison on Wednesday.
Matt Learn drove in Jake Rice with the winning run in the eighth inning on Monday.
Learn had three hits, a run and an RBI and Kyle Colegrove had two hits and scored two runs.
Anthony Bastian had a double and an RBI and Troy Adriance has a double and an RBI.
Dalton Confer had a double and Rice had two hits and scored a run.
Colegrove pitched six innings and Learn worked two.
Garrett Smith, Tyler Emick and Nik Geiser had two hits each for NEB and Bryan Ford had three hits.
Smith and Geiser had an RBI, Ford scored a run and Emick had an RBI and a run scored.
David Ford had a oduble and a run, Adam Ford, Nate Chilson and Brian Horton had hits, with Ford scoring and Chilson driving in a run.
Geiser pitched five innings and Jeremiah Harvey, Chilson and HOrton pitched in relief.
NEB hosts Canton today.