WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — As even as it gets.
The Wahama and Williamstown baseball teams split Saturday’s twinbill in Wood County, as the White Falcons earned a 9-4 victory in game one, while the Yellowjackets took a 8-3 victory in game two.
The Yellowjackets began the opening game with a run in the first inning. Williamstown added another run in the fourth inning and led 2-0. Wahama (12-6) broke through in the top of the sixth when Hunter Bradley hit a solo homerun. Ryan Thomas, Garrett Miller and Brent Larck all scored in the top of the sixth to give the Red and White the lead.
Williamstown pulled even with two runs in the sixth but the White Falcons had an answer. Wahama scored five runs in the seventh, highlighted by a three-run homerun by Demetrius Serevicz. The Yellowjackets started the bottom of the seventh with a double, but the next three batters were retired in order and WHS took the 9-4 win.
Garrett Miller earned the win after allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and six walks. Miller struck out seven in seven innings.
Jake Tracewell suffered the loss after allowing two runs on a hit and a walk, without getting a batter out. Kody Rhyne suffered the loss after pitching six innings and allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out seven. Reece Westfall threw one inning, struck out one and allowed three runs on two hits and a walk.
The Wahama offense was led by Brent Larck and Tyler Grimm with three hits each, followed by Wyatt Zuspan with two hits. Kane Roush, Hunter Bradley, Demetrius Serevicz and Garrett Miller each had one hit in the win. Bradley scored twice, while Zuspan, Serevicz, Grumm, Miller, Larck, Ryan Thomas and Jacob Bennett each had one run scored. Serevicz had a team-high three runs batted in, Roush added two, while Bradley, Miller and Larck each had one RBI.
For Williamstown, Jake Tracewell, Dakota Watson, Reece Westfall, Kody Rhyne, Zac Willhide and Bryce Mullenix each had one hit. Mullenix marked two runs batted in, while Rhyne added one RBI. Westfall, Rhyne, Watsona and Josh Stephens each scored one run in the game.
The White Falcons finished with nine runs, 12 hits, one error and seven runners left on base, while Williamstown had four runs, six hits, one error and eight runners left on base.
Wahama began the second game when Kane Roush scored on an RBI single from Wesley Harrison. Williamstown answered in the bottom of the first when Landon Travis hit a solo homerun. The White Falcons regained the lead in the third inning when Wyatt Zuspan doubled and then courtesy runner Josh Petry scored on Harrison’s double.
The Yellowjackets rallied for five runs in the bottom of the third and added two more in the sixth frame. Harrison drove in Roush in the top of the seventh but the White Falcons left the bases loaded and dropped an 8-3 decision to the hosts.
Daniell was the winning pitcher of record after allowing just three runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out four in a complete game effort.
Zuspan suffered the loss after allowing six runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks in three innings. Hunter Bradley threw three innings in relief and allowed two unearned runs on two hits. Both Zuspan and Bradley struck out five.
The White Falcon offense was led by Harrison with three hits and three RBIs, while Zuspan had two hits. Roush, Serevicz and Grimm each had one hit, while Roush scored twice and Petry scored once. Mason Hicks had Wahama’s lone stolen base.
Mullenix led Williamstown with two hits, followed by Travis, Tracewell, Willhide, Rhyne and Blake Eddy with one hit each. Stephens, Travis, Tracewell and Willhide each had an RBI, while Mullenix and Travis led the way two two runs scored each.
Williamstown finished with eight runs, seven hits, three errors and four runners stranded, while Wahama had three runs, eight hits, five errors and nine left one base.