RACINE, Ohio — The Wahama White Falcons made full use of 10 walks, a hit batter and five base hits to defeat Tri-Valley Conference rival Southern Saturday afternoon by a 5-2 margin.
Coach Tom Cullen's top ranked Bend Area diamond crew scored three times in the sixth inning to pull away from a 2-2 tie to pick up the win. Wahama improved to 18-2 on the 2011 spring season while keeping its unbeaten TVC Hocking Division record intact at 8-0.
Host Southern dropped its second conference encounter in a row after falling to the second and first place conference teams on successive days. The Tornadoes saws its diamond record dip to 9-4 overall and 6-4 inside league play.
Both teams collected five hits on the day but it was Wahama who made the most of 11 free passes by a pair of Southern pitchers. Three of those base runners who reached base on walks for the White Falcons eventually came around to score which was the margin of victory for the West Virginia based squad.
Southern gained the early 1-0 edge with a first inning tally after Adam Warden walked and swiped second to move into scoring position. Warden scored the games first run after Daniel Jenkins delivered a clutch two-out single.
Wahama bounced back with a pair of runs in the third to take 2-1 advantage. Zack Warth drew a one- out free pass to begin the two run rally and scored on an RBI double by Tyler Kitchen. Kitchen would then come around to score on a two-out base hit off the bat of Brice Clark.
The Tornadoes answered in the bottom half of the third without the aid of a base hit. Southern leadoff batter Eric Buzzard coaxed his way on base with a one-out base on balls. Buzzard then proceeded to steal second and third before scoring the tying run on a passed ball.
Wahama would put the game away by scoring three times in the sixth. Matt Stewart and Wesley Harrison opened the Falcons three run frame with free passes before Isaac Lee reached on an error to fill the sacks with White Falcons. Tyler Roush then belted a two-run single before Warth chased home the Bend Area teams third run of the inning with an RBI single.
The Tornadoes mounted mild threats in each of the final two innings but WHS relief pitcher, Wyatt Zuspan, escaped unscathed to earn the win for Wahama by a 5-2 score.
Kitchen paced the winners offensively with a single and a double with Tyler Roush driving in two with a single. Zack Warth and Brice Clark also had run scoring singles for the winners.
Southern was led by Daniel Jenkins with a run producing base hit with Eric Buzzard, Adam Warden Dustin Custer and Hunter Johnson also collecting safeties for the Meigs County Tornadoes.
Zuspan came away with the pitching win in relief after working the final three innings allowing no runs on three hits with a strike out and a walk. Anthony Bond started on the hill for Wahama going two frames allowing one run on one hit with two strikeouts and a walk. Tyler Kitchen also worked two innings for WHS allowing one run on one hit with two strikeouts and two free passes.
Adam Pape was tagged with the mound setback after working five innings giving up five runs on just three hits. Pape fanned three and walked 10. Danny Ranthum finished up on the mound for Southern going two innings allowing no runs on two hits. Ranthum hit one batter.
Southern travels to Waterford on Monday before visiting Trimble on Tuesday while Wahama hosts South Gallia on Monday before traveling to Federal Hocking on Tuesday.