MERCERVILLE, Ohio — A nine-run fourth inning provided all of the offense that the Wahama baseball team needed Wednesday night following a 13-5 victory over host South Gallia in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Gallia County.
The visiting White Falcons (5-4, 4-1 TVC Hocking) picked up their fifth win in the last seven outings and also remained just one game behind both Trimble and Waterford in the overall league standings. The Rebels (1-5, 0-5) dropped their third consecutive decision with the setback.
Early on, however, the game was a close battle as WHS jumped out to a small 1-0 lead after two complete. SGHS responded with three runs in the bottom of the third to claim its only lead of the night at 3-1 after three complete.
Wahama sent 13 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth, which resulted in nine runs on five hits, three walks and an error — allowing the guests to secure a commanding 10-3 cushion. The Rebels answered with a run in their half of the inning to make it a 10-4 contest through four full frames.
SGHS cut its deficit in half with a run in the sixth for a 10-5 contest, but the the White Falcons plated three insurance runs in the seventh to wrap up the eight-run triumph.
WHS outhit the hosts by an 11-8 overall margin and committed four errors in the contest, compared to just two miscues by the hosts. Wahama pitchers allowed just walks in the game, while SGHS surrendered six free passes.
Kristopher Clark was the winning pitcher of record after allowing four runs, four hits and two walks over four innings while striking out five. Cuyler Mills suffered the loss after surrendering 13 runs, 11 hits and six walks over seven frames while fanning five.
Kane Roush, Mason Hicks, Wyatt Zuspan and Demetrius Serevicz paced Wahama with two hits apiece, followed by Wesley Harrison, Hunter Bradley, Tyler Grimm and Garrett Miller with a safety apiece.
Ethan Spurlock led SGHS with three hits, followed by Mills and T.G. Miller with two safeties apiece. Devin Lucas also had a hit for the hosts in the setback.