MASON, W.Va. — A championship game that was worth the wait.
It had been nearly two weeks since the Wahama baseball team played a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division game but the White Falcons were ready to soar Wednesday night when they hosted Trimble in a game to decide who this year’s league championship. Wahama didn’t commit an error and blasted two homeruns en route to a 6-1 triumph over THS, giving the White Falcons the TVC Hocking crown for the first time since 2011.
Wahama (15-9, 13-3 TVC Hocking) got a big boost in the bottom of the first inning when senior Wesley Harrison blasted a two-run homerun. The White Falcons lit up the scoreboard again in the third frame when Hunter Bradley drove in Kane Roush, who had tripled with one-out. Harrison doubled home Bradley later in the third inning and Wahama led 4-0.
WHS sophomore Ricky Kearns drove home Demetrius Serevicz in the bottom of the fourth, while Terry Simerly gave the Tomcats (17-5, 12-4) their first run in the top of the fifth. Wahama senior Wyatt Zuspan boomed a solo homerun in the home half of the fifth to increase the Wahama advantage to 6-1. Trimble threatened in the sixth inning but failed to score, while Bradley struck out the side in the seventh to secure the 6-1 victory.
Bradley struck out seven in the game and earned the win for Wahama, as he allowed just one run on five hits and four walks in a complete game effort. THS sophomore Andrew Losey suffered the loss after allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits in three innings. Dante Brammer threw two innings and surrendered two runs on two hits and a walk, while Caullin Lunsford allowed one hit in one inning of work. Brammer, Losey and Lunsford each struck out two batters.
The WHS offense was led by Zuspan and Harrison, each with a homerun and a double, followed by Roush with a triple and a single. Garrett Miller marked a double for the Red and White, while Serevicz added a single. Harrison had a game-best three runs batted in, while Bradley, Zuspan and Kearns each added an RBI. Zuspan crossed the plate twice to lead Wahama, while Serevicz, Bradley, Harrison and Roush each scored one run.
The Tomcats marked five singles in the game, one each from Lunsford, Simerly, Austin Downs, Konner Standley and Wyatt Bragg. Simerly scored the lone THS run and had the game’s only stolen base.
The White Falcons had six runs, eight hits, no errors and left three runners on base, while the Red and Silver had one run, five hits, one error and left five runners stranded. Trimble did not have an extra-base hit on the night, while Wahama took extra bases on six hits.
The Tomcats had defeated Wahama by a 4-3 count on April 9, in Glouster, joining Southern and Eastern as the only three TVC Hocking teams to defeat the White Falcons this season. Trimble’s TVC Hocking losses include Wahama, Eastern, Southern and Waterford.
The White Falcons and Tomcats both have the regional tournament to look forward to now, Wahama will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday evening at 6:30 to face the Bison, while Trimble will meetup with Newark Catholic on Thursday at Beavers Field in Lancaster at 5 p.m.