MASON, W.Va. — A total of 31 runs were scored in Monday night’s Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt on J.C. Cook Field at Claflin Stadium.
The first four runs were scored by visiting South Gallia, however, the next 27 runners to cross home plate were all White Falcons, as Wahama rolled to a 23-run victory in five innings.
The Rebels (0-4, 0-2 TVC Hocking) combined five free passes with a pair of singles in the opening frame, leading to four runs. SGHS — which left the bases loaded in the first — didn’t record a hit and only advanced two runners into scoring position over the remainder of the game.
Wahama (3-3, 2-2) got three of the runs back in the bottom of the first and pulled into the lead with three more runs in the second inning.
The hosts broke the game wide open in the third frame, scoring 13 times on five hits, six walks, three errors and one hit batter. The White Falcons crossed the plate eight more times in the fourth frame, extending their lead to the final margin of 27-4.
Dalton Kearns threw three no-hit, shut out innings in relief and earned the pitching victory for WHS, walking two batters and striking out seven. WHS starter Wyatt Edwards allowed four earned runs on two hits and five walks, while Jared Oliver walked one and struck out one in one no-hit, shut out inning of relief.
Brandon Rutt suffered the pitching loss for SGHS, allowing 10 runs, eight earned, on four hits and seven walks in 2.2 innings.
Chase Kemper relieved Rutt in the third frame and allowed nine runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks. A.J. Woodall recorded the final out of the third inning after allowing one hit.
Levi Walters pitched one inning for SGHS and allowed eight runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks. Rutt recorded two strike outs for South Gallia, while Kemper and Woodall both struck out one batter.
Kearns certainly helped his own cause, leading the WHS offense with a 3-for-4 effort, to go with four runs batted in and two runs scored. Philip Hoffman was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs, David Hendrick was 2-for-3 with one run scored and two RBIs, while Oliver was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Colton Arrington, Ethan VanMatre, Bryce Meadows, Jacob Fisher, Cooper Peters and Tanner Smith each had one hit for the victors. Arrington and Antonio Serevicz both crossed home plate three times, Fisher, Cass Kimes, Nyles Riggs, Anthony Ortiz and Bryton Grate each scored twice, while VanMatre, Meadows, Peters and Smith each scored once.
Arrington — who stole a game-best five bases — posted two RBIs in the win, while VanMatre, Meadows, Grate, Fisher, Ortiz, Peters, Smith, Jonathan Frye and Gabe Roush each had one RBI.
Woodall and Rutt both singled for the Rebels, with Woodall marking an RBI and Rutt scoring once. Kemper had a run scored and one RBI for the guests, Colton Coughenhour and Cory Bryan both scored once, while Austin Stapleton and Trey Sanders both had an RBI.
Wahama left eight runners on base, stole 13 bases and played without committing an error. Meanwhile, the Rebels left seven runners stranded, stole two bases and committed four errors.
These teams are scheduled to meet again on April 21, at SGHS.
Both teams are back in action on Thursday, with the Rebels hosting Sciotoville East and the White Falcons visiting Eastern.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.