Wayland-Cohocton 6 Dansville 1
It was the “rubber game” of the 3-game rival-set on Tuesday (May 10) at Babcock Park as Wayland-Cohocton & Dansville matched up on the Mustangs “senior day”. Seven players & their families were honored prior to the game, but that didn’t seem to change the momentum of things for the contest. The Mustangs weathered the storm in the teams initial meeting back in April in a 5-3 victory in the chilly breezes on top of the hill. Both teams took the rivalry to a “neutral” Frontier Field a week or so ago with Wayland-Cohocton squaring the series in a 3-2 battle. In this one the Golden Eagles got all they really needed in the first inning, but established some breathing room in the final 2 innings of a 6-1 victory over Dansville in the final week of the regular season.
The Golden Eagles’ offensive numbers have not been overly impressive on the season, but they somehow always manage to be “opportunistic” against rival Dansville. That was prove out in the very first inning of a pleasant May afternoon at “the Corral.” Wayland-Cohocton would plate the first 2 runs of the game with the virtue of just one hit. Way-Coh’s Mike Schumacher would work out a walk, & then stole both 2nd & 3rd. Eythan Briggs walked right behind him & the Eagles had runners at 2nd & 3rd with just one out. Hunter Bressler’s infield chopper to shortstop resulted in the first run of the contest. Connor Englert followed that up with a single up the middle scoring what proved to be the deciding run in the game. The maroon & gold had chances in the 2nd & 3rd as well, but Dansville’s defense came to the forefront as the Mustangs would pick one runner off at second as Ryan Conklin hooked up with Derek Wampole on that play. Then Dansville catcher Justin Vogt would gun out a pair of “would be” base stealers to end potential rallies. He nailed one at 2nd as Anthony Sackett laid the tag on, & another at 3rd as Anthony Kanaval took the throw for the out.
The Golden Eagles looked like they had something else cooking in the top of the 5th when John Freberg walked & Curren Finn beat out a bunt single. Way-Coh attempted to push the runners up, but pitcher Ryan Conklin made a nice fielding play on the bunt to knock down the lead man at 3rd. The next hitter drilled a one-hopper to second where Anthony Sackett picked it clean flipped to Derek Wampole for one, who relayed to first to Dan Jesmer to complete a 4-6-3 double-play that ended the inning. A mirror image ensued in the bottom half when Dansville had their rally thwarted by a twin-killing. With one out Tom Linzy walked, Derek Wampole followed with a single to centerfield, & then Alex West’s grounder was mishandled by Wayland-Cohocton loading up the bases. Freshman hurler John Freberg was bailed out moments later on a bouncer to shortstop Connor Englert, who forced the runner with a flip to Mike Schumacher who made the pivot & rifled to first where Eythan Briggs recorded the out on the backside for a 6-4-3 double-play that ended Dansville’s hopes in the 5th.
Wayland-Cohocton would take the momentum of that defensive series into the top of the 6th & translated it into “offense.” Coach Steve Wager’s team would add some insurance from that momentum. Eythan Briggs opened with a single to center. With one out, an infield grounder was misplayed putting runners at 1st & 2nd. J-V call-up Trevor Milliman ripped a double into the alley in left center to drive one run in. Pat O’Neal’s sacrifice fly made it 4-1. Dansville threatened in the home half of the 6th when Justin Vogt opened with a single, & then Anthony Sackett was hit by a pitch putting runners at 1st & 2nd. A bunt try out in front of the plate was caught by Way-Coh catcher Jason Page who got up & gunned to first for an apparent double-play. Controversy reigned….what would a rival game be without it? The call was that the ball was “juggled” at first & only one out would stand. The Golden Eagles would bring Jack Gibson out of the bullpen & he would go about striking out the next 2 batters to end the threat. Way-Coh tacked on 2 more in the 7th when Curren Finn walked, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jason Page. Mike Schumacher hit a line drive down in the the left field corner that went for a triple. He would then score on Eythan Briggs’ infield bouncer & Wayland-Cohocton would escape the valley with a 6-1 win, to take the season’s series from the Mustangs 2 games to one.
For the victorious Golden Eagles ( 5-11)…John Freberg notched the win with 5-plus innings of 4 hit work. He allowed one unearned run striking out 4 & walking 4. Jack Gibson earned the save with 2 innings of shutout relief while strking out 2. On the offensive side….Jason Page had a sacrifice…Mike Schumacher 2-3 with triple, an rbi & scored 2 runs…Eythan Briggs 1-3 with 2 runs & drove in one. Hunter Bressler had one rbi….Connor Englert 2-3 with an rbi & scored a run….Trevor Milliman 1-3 with a double & an rbi….Pat O’Neal was 1-2 with a double & drove one run in…& Curren Finn 1-1 with a run scored. Wayland-Cohocton wraps up the season with home game vs. Bath on Wednesday, a visit to Wellsville on Thursday, & the close out with Livonia at home on Friday (May 13th)l
Dansville (5-12 saw Ryan Conklin get the loss pitching 6-plus innings yielding 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits, he fanned 4 & walked 5. Alex West hurled 1 inning giving up 1 earned run on 1 hit,he struck out 1 & walked one. At the plate for coach Tom Hober’s team….Tom Linzy had a stolen base & scored a run…Derek Wampole was 2-4 with an rbi & a stolen base….Justin Vogt 1-3…& Ryan Conklin 1-2 with a double. Dansville closes out their season at home on Wednesday (May 11) against the Hornell Red Raiders.