(B) Wayland-Cohocton 22 (BB) Palmyra-Macedon 4
With little time to take-in and celebrate a Section V Title on Friday night, the Wayland-Cohocton baseball team was back at it in the Class B State Qulifier at Livonia on Saturday (June 1) afternoon. The venue was friendly, being the home of a Livingston County Division One foe, but the bats were booming for the locals as Way-Coh would put together a 12-run 6th to seal and cement their trip to the Far West Regionals on Tuesday evening at Dietrick Park in Jamestown at 7pm against the Fredonia Hillbillies. Wayland-Cohocton brought their big-bats as they scored nearly at will in what would wind up a 22-4 rout of Pal-Mac.
Way-Coh coach Steve Wager noted, ” you could see both teams were kind of sluggish after having played just a few hours before, but this is Sectional time and you do what you have to do!” The Red Raiders grabbed the early lead with a single run in the 2nd, but in the bottom half the Golden Eagles would flap their wings and get a pair of runs to take the lead. The big hit was Spencer Brown’s 2-run single giving the Golden Eagles a lead for good in the game. With Way-Coh (19-4) leading 5-3, the Eagles would put a strangle hold on the game when Rece Chapman hit a 3-run homer making it an 8-3 contest. The maroon & gold put the game out of reach by scoring 12 times in the 6th en route to a rout of 22-4. Just about everybody in the line-up had some type of contribution to the cause. Leading the way for Wayland-Cohocton were Rece Chapman’s 2-4 day with a homer, double, scored a run and drove in 5. Collin Burke was 4-5 with a two doubles, a homer, four runs and four rbis. Burke also recorded the win as he threw 6 strong innings scattering 13 hits while fanning two and walking two. John Phelps came on to toss a scoreless 7th.
Coach Wager added, “that was a gutty performance by Collin Burke. After all, here’s a guy that threw four innings in a start in the Bath game on Wednesday, turned around and threw 4 more to get the win over Wellsville, then turns around and we get six quality innings out of him here today. What more can you say?” The Golden Eagles now head off to the Far West Regionals and have a rematch with the Fredonia HIllbillies from Section VI. Tuesday’s (June 4) game will be played at Dietrick Park in Jamestown with first pitch at 7pm.