STEWART, Ohio — That’s one way to break out of a slump.
The Wahama baseball team snapped a three-game losing skid while picking up its first league win of the season Monday night following a 14-0 decision over host Federal Hocking in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Athens County.
The White Falcons (2-3, 1-2 TVC Hocking) — who have won at least a share of the previous three TVC Hocking championships — finally got in the win column in league play … and did so in a major way as the guests notched their first mercy-rule triumph to go along with their first road victory of the year.
WHS plated five runs on four hits and two walks in the first, then notched another run in the second for a commanding 6-0 cushion through two complete.
Both teams went scoreless in the third, but the Red and White answered by sending 11 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth — which resulted in six runs on four hits, two hit batters, a walk and an error for a sizable 12-0 advantage through four complete.
The White Falcons tacked on two more runs in the fifth thanks to a hit, a walk and a catcher’s interference that ultimately wrapped up the 14-run outcome.
Wahama outhit the hosts by a sizable 9-1 overall margin and also played an error-free game, while the Lancers committed two errors in the setback. The guests stranded five runners on base, while FHHS left only two on the bags.
Nyles Riggs was the winning pitcher of record after allowing one hit and fanning two in five innings of work. Chase Reed took the loss after surrendering six earned runs, four hits and four walks over three innings while fanning two.
Dalton Kearns led Wahama with two hits, followed by Riggs, Colton Arrington, Bryton Grate, Cass Kimes, Cooper Peters, Tanner Smith and Antonio Serevicz with a safety apiece.
Kearns paced the guests with three RBIs, while Kimes and Serevicz each knocked in two runs. Grate, Peters, Riggs and Smith each drove in a run apiece as well.
Arrington scored three times to lead WHS, followed by Grate, Kearns, Riggs and Philip Hoffman with two runs apiece. Kimes, Peters and Anthony Ortiz also crossed home plate once each for the victors.
Nate Dearth had the lone hit for Federal Hocking (0-4, 0-3).
Wahama returns to action Tuesday when it hosts South Gallia in a TVC Hocking contest at 5 p.m.
Bryan Walters can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2101.