Wayland-Cohocton Boys Tame Lions For B-Title

Frank Williams —  Saturday, June 1, 2013

# 2 Wayland-Cohocton 6 # 1 Wellsville 4

Mother always told us to do our homework. That measure paid off for the Wayland-Cohocton baseball team on Friday night (May 31) at Maple City Park in Hornell where the Golden Eagles came from behind & held off the hungry Lions from Wellsville in a 6-4 final as Way-Coh laid claims to the Class “B” Sectional Baseball title at Maple City Park in Hornell in an exciting contest to say the least. Golden Eagles coach Steve Wager noted, ” Wellsville is a very disciplined and skilled team. Denny Miles is one of the premier coaches & that program is always very successful because of the hard work they put in. When you play a Wellsville team you have to be ready for anything & everything because they know the ins and outs of the game.” Wayland-Cohocton down through the years has also shown they are one of the state’s best programs as well & has fostered a great deal of respect from Wellsville, let alone many other teams as well. The Lions won the 2 regular season meeting handily over Way-Coh, but this time it was for all the marbles! Strategy & quick thinking was also a part of this game which made it a lot of fun to take in.
Wayland-Cohocton had a chance slip by in the first when they had 2 runners on and one out. Wellsville turned a grounder into an inning ending double-play to wiggle out of trouble. The Lions struck first with a 2-out rally in the second inning. Brady Lewis walked and Liam Cunningham pinch ran and stole second. Dusty Baldwin’s single put Wellsville in front. After Baldwin pilfered the bag at second, Jared Costello singled home another run making it 2-0. Wayland-Cohocton answered right back in the top of the third. A walk to Cass McAllister got things going. With two away, CJ Ellis tripled to right field driving in one run. Moments later Tyler Brown’s opposite field single against the “Brownie Shift” chased home the tying run. The Lions gobbled up an unearned run to take the lead in the third when an error opened the door on a ball hit by Brett Migliore. Jason Dixon followed with a hit putting runners on the corners. Kirby Weinhauer’s infield grounder gave the orange and black a 3-2 edge. Wayland-Cohocton turned around and score three times to take their first lead in the fourth frame when both Ben Haszlauer and Spencer Brown walked. Rece Chapman’s single knotted things up. Cass McAllister came through with an opposite field triple down the right field line to drive in two runs giving the Golden Eagles a 5-3 advantage. Wellsville sought to get things going with 2 outs in the fifth when Brett Migliore doubled. Way-Coh reached into their “bag of tricks” and sold the hidden-ball trick to perfection as pitcher Tyler Brown faked a throw to 2nd on a pick-off and both infielders dove for the imaginary ball while the outfielders converged. The base runner got up and took off from second and Tyler Brown chased him down & flipped to third-sacker Ben Haszlauer who laid the tag on the runner for the final out.
The Golden Eagles got an insurance run in the top of the 7th despite getting their lead off man picked off by Wellsville. With one gone CJ Ellis got things going again when he hustled a single into a double on a shot hit down the left field line. Wellsville skipper Denny Miles then walked Tyler Brown intentionally to set up the force. A wild pitch attempted to toast that strategy. But then Miles walked Mike Murphy intentionally to load the bases. Ben Haszlauer lifted a sacrifice fly to center to drive Ellis in making it 6-3. The game would also end in dramatic fashion as well. No lead is safe from a Wellsville team. The Lions saw lead off man Jared Costello walk, which signaled the end for Tyler Brown on the mound. He would take over as catcher and Collin Burke came on to do the pitching. With one out, Nick Anderson doubled the opposite way putting runners at second and third. Brett Migliore lifted a sacrifice fly to left making it 6-4. Then when clean-up man Jason Dixon was plunked by a pitch, it put the tying run on base and brought the potential winning run to the plate in person of Kirby Weinhauer. Coach Miles put some extra speed on the basepaths by inserting a pinch-runner at first. On an 0-1 count the Eagles put a play on at first . Way-Coh was playing behind the baserunners initially. On the pitch first sacker Mike Murphy crept up behind the runner at first & catcher Tyler Brown rifled a peg behind the runner picking him off for the final out of the game & giving Wayland-Cohocton the Section V Class B Title in a thrilling 6-4 victory !!
Tyler Brown would later be named Most Valuable Player of the game as he picked up the pitching victory working 6-plus innings allowing 4 runs, 2 earned, on 5 hits while fanning 6 and walking 2. Collin Burke came on to pick up the save with a scoreless inning of work allowing one hit. Offensively for Way-Coh (19-4) Collin Burke was 2-4 , CJ Ellis was also 2-4 with a double, a triple, scored a run and drove one in. Tyler Brown was 1-3 with an rbi. Ben Haszlauer had a sacrifice, drove in a run and scored one. Spencer Brown also scored a run. Rece Chapman 1-4 with an rbi and scored once. Dan Wilkinson had a sacrfice, and Cass McAllister had a triple in two trips and drove in a pair of runs and scored one as well in the championship victory.
For Wellsville, who finished the season at 21-2 Nick Anderson took the loss working 3 1/3 innings yielding 5 runs on a handful of hits, he fanned 3 and walked 2. Freshman rightie Brett Migliore took over and pitched 3 2/3 strong frames giving one run on three hits. He struck out 5 and walked four, three of them intentionally. Wayland-Cohocton plays either Batavia or Palmyra in Livonia in the Class “B” qualifier at 3pm on Saturday (June 1st).