Wayland-Cohocton 9 Wellsville 6
How many times have you heard the old cliche “anything can happen on a given day?” That was “test positive” on Wednesday (Apr. 13) when winless Wayland-Cohocton came from behind & handed mighty Wellsville their first loss of the season at “the Nest” by a final score of 9-6. Way-Coh skipper Steve Wager stated, ” that’s why you show up at the ball park to play. Here’s a winless, inexperienced team struggling to score runs going against an unbeaten squad who’s throwing one of the best pitchers in Section Five. They get off to a 4-0 lead in the first 2 innings against a freshman making his first ever varsity start. Yet, we take advantage of their mistakes & come from behind & win. Figure it out?!?!!” Yes, a puzzling scenario indeed, but Way-Coh knotted the game & scored 5 times in their last 2 at- bats to hold on for the unlikely victory. Wager added, ” strange thing is that our pitcher struggled early & they took advantage of hit batsmen & a walk. Yet he hung around & settled down, where their hurler lost it in the 3rd & our confidence level soared and put us back in the ballgame.”
Wellsville scored twice in each of the first 2 innings when Way-Coh pitcher John Freberg hit a pair of batters in the first, then hit one & walked another in the second. All 4 of those runners would come around to score & haunt the Golden Eagles freshman hurler. Riley Morse doubled a run home in the first, while an error chased home another. Then in the 2nd Joe Tonnetti’s hit scored one & a passed ball allowed another to score. The proverbial “shoe was on the other foot” in the 3rd however. The Lions ace Luke Seeley plunked a pair of Golden Eagles hitters in the 3rd after cruising through the first 2 innings. Mike Feinman’s single plated one run, while a wild pitch & a couple of throwing errors (including one on a pick-off) sent a couple more home in a 4-run Way-Coh rally that tied the game up. The maroon & gold grabbed the lead for the first time in the home half of the 5th when they scored 3 more times. Jack Gibson doubled & then Curren Finn drew a walk. Freshman call-up Connor Englert plated a pair with a double & later scored himself on an error. Wellsville wouldn’t go away as they made it a 7-6 game by scoring twice in their half of the 6th on hits by Jack Migliore & Joe Tonnetti. The Eagles got both runs right back in the bottom of the 6th, Eythan Briggs reached on an error, Hunter Bressler followed with a single. Later a bases loaded walk to Curren Finn plated one run, & then a throwing error allowed another to score as Way-Coh would hang on for their unprecedented first win of the year in a 9-6 taming of the Lions.
Freshman rightie John Freberg earned his first win working 5 1/3 effective innings allowing 3 hits, only 2 earned runs, on 3 hits while walking 3, striking out 5 & hitting 3. Jack Gibson came on to cash-in on the save opportunity with 1 2/3’s innings of scoreless relief allowing 2 hits & striking out one. For Wayland-Cohocton (1-4) offensively Mike Feinman had a hit, drove in a run & scored one…Eythan Briggs 1-2 wiht a run scored, Hunter Bressler 1-3 & scored a run…Connor Englert 1-3 with a double, 2 rbis & scored a run…& Jack Gibson 2-4 with a double & scored a run. Wellsville starter Luke Seeley lasted 4 1/3 & would take the loss as he allowed just 2 hits, but 5 walks & 2 hit batsmen would come around to score on some shoddy fielding by Wellsville. Way-Coh coach Steve Wager concluded by saying…” here’s the difference in these last 2 games. On Tuesday against Avoca, we faced a decent high school pitcher who threw strikes & didn’t walk anybody and they won. Today we settled down after a rocky start, & took advantage of a very good team that gave us some baserunners & made some costly mistakes. With our young & inexperienced team…we’ll take every win we can get. We’re very proud of our players because they never gave up in this one.” Wayland-Cohocton hosts another talented team, the Geneseo Blue Devils on Friday (Apr. 15) at “the Nest”…first pitch is 4:30pm.