White Falcons stunned by Belpre, 13-12


By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com



BELPRE, Ohio — There’s nothing quite like an upset with a dramatic finish.

The Wahama baseball team dropped a 13-12 decision — on a two-out walk-off home run — to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Belpre, on Thursday evening at Civitan Park.

Belpre (2-3, 1-2 TVC Hocking) — which dropped its first two league games of the season by matching 10-0 counts — took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the opening inning.

The White Falcons (1-3, 0-2) — who have now lost three straight games — got three runs back in the top of the second, but the Orange and Black extended their lead to 6-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Wahama tallied five runs in the top of the third inning, giving the guests an 8-6 advantage on the scoreboard. Belpre tied the game at eight in the bottom of the third, but WHS reestablished its lead, at 9-8, in the top of the fourth.

The White Falcons pushed across an insurance run in the top of the fifth, but gave the run right back in the bottom of the frame.

After a scoreless sixth frame for both sides, Wahama pushed its advantage to 12-9 with two runs in the top of the seventh inning. However, Belpre scored four times in the bottom of the seventh — with the final three runs scoring on Isaac Tullius’ walk-off home run — giving the Golden Eagles a 13-12 victory over the back-to-back-to-back league champs.

Foster Brand was the winning pitcher of record for the Golden Eagles, striking out one batter in .1 innings of work. BHS starter Bailey Sprague tossed 2.1 innings, walking four batters, while Jeremiah Stitt threw 4.1 innings, struck out three batters and walked one.

Nyles Riggs suffered the loss in relief for WHS, walking one batter in 2.1 frames. Dalton Kearns started on the mound for Wahama, striking out four and walking five in 4.1 innings.

Colton Arrington led the Red and White at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a run batted in. Bryton Grate was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in, while Philip Hoffman, David Hendrick and Wyatt Edwards each marked an RBI.

Tullius led the Orange and Black at the plate with a 3-for-4 effort and five runs batted in. Logan Adams was 2-for-2 with a double for the hosts, while Alex Fox had two RBIs.

As a team, Wahama totaled 11 hits and five errors, while Belpre had 10 hits and six errors.

The White Falcons will look to avenge this setback on April 17, when the Golden Eagles visit Mason.

WHS is scheduled to host Trimble on Friday and will be back in action on Monday, at Federal Hocking.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley

ahawley@civitasmedia.com