NTL BASEBALL: WYALUSING SUFFERS FIRST LOSS IN NAIL-BITER AGAINST WELLSBORO
Northern Tier Sports Report
WYALUSING — Wyalusing finally dropped their first game of the season, falling to Wellsboro 4-2 in a had fought NTL contest Monday.
Wyalusing out hit the Hornets 9-2, but it was Wellsboro coming through with the timely plays, including a big triple from Conner Adams. They scored three in the fourth to take the lead, but the Rams got one back in the bottom half of the inning.
The Hornets made it 4-1 with a run in the sixth, while Wyalusing rallied in the seventh, scoring a run to make it 4-2. They did get the tying run at second base in the inning, but Wellsboro got a ground out to end the game.
“It’s a good baseball game, obviously you want to play games like that going into the playoffs,” said Wyalusing coach Nick Vanderpool. “We hit a lot of balls hard that game, but their centerfielder made three or four plays on balls that would have been doubles or triples if he doesn’t make that play. These were the kind of games we’ve been in all year, and we’ve come out of the right side of them all year, so we were due to have one come out the other way.”
Blake Morningstar (2-for-4) had a triple with a run scored, and an RBI, while Kevin VanDeMark (2-for-4) also had a multi-hit game. Nick Vanderpool Jr. (1-for-3) had an RBI, while Trehnon Hugo (1-for-4), Robert English (1-for-4), Jacob Bruyne (1-for-1), and C.J. Carr (1-for-3) also had hits. Carr would score a run, as well.
Morningstar struck out 16 in the loss, allowing two hits, one walk, and four runs, three of which were earned.
Isaac Keane went 6 1/3-innings to get the win for Wellsboro, striking out five with eight hits, no walks, and two runs, one of which was earned.
After the Hornets scored three in the top of the fourth Morningstar led off the bottom half of the inning with a double. Vanderpool then came through with a big hit, bringing Morningstar in with a single to make it 3-1.
Then in the seventh, down by three runs, Carr hit a 1-out single to start the rally. Hugo and VanDeMark would both single to load the bases, followed by Morningstar bringing in Carr on a ground out.
Then, with two outs, the Hornets got a 6-3 ground out to secure the win.
Wyalusing was without two seniors on the night, but coach Vanderpool isn’t making any excuses.
“It is what it is,” he said. “It was a good baseball game. Wellsboro is always a well coached, scrappy team. They got to Blake a little bit in that third inning - a lead-off walk, and a couple guys found the barrel out there to right field, and that’s baseball.”
Wyalusing (15-1) will travel to NEB Tuesday.
PHOTO CAPTION: Wyalusing’s Nick Vanderpool Jr. makes contact on his RBI single…PHOTOS BY CHRIS MANNING
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