BELPRE, Ohio — Look who’s on top now.
The Wahama baseball team moved into a tie with Trimble atop the league standings Monday night following an 11-0 victory over host Belpre in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division matchup in Washington County.
The visiting White Falcons (9-5, 8-1 TVC Hocking) won their sixth decision in seven outings and also claimed a season sweep of the Golden Eagles (5-7, 5-5), whom they defeated by a 6-0 count in Mason back on March 31.
The win — combined with a 4-3 Southern win over Trimble Monday night — allowed WHS to move into a share of the league lead at the midway point of the season.
The game was scoreless through two innings of play, but the White Falcons plated three runs in the third for an early edge. Mason Hicks drove in Brent Larck with an RBI single, then Hicks and Kane Roush scored on a double by Wesley Harrison for a 3-0 cushion after three complete.
Wahama tacked on a run in the fifth for a 4-0 lead, then sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth — which resulted in seven runs on seven hits and a walk for a sizable 11-0 cushion. BHS went down in order in its half of the sixth, wrapping up the mercy-rule decision.
The White Falcons outhit Belpre by an 11-1 overall margin and committed the only error of the game. Wahama left five runners stranded on base, while the hosts left just three on the bags.
Hunter Bradley went the distance for the winning decision, allowing just one walk and one hit over six innings while striking out four. Tavian Miller suffered the setback after surrendering eight runs, seven hits and five walks over five frames while fanning five.
Wyatt Zuspan led WHS with three hits, followed by Harrison and Larck with two safeties apiece. Roush, Bradley, Garrett Miller and Tyler Grimm also added a hit apiece in the triumph.
Harrison drove in a team-best three RBIs, while Bradley and Larck each drove in two. Roush scored a team-high three runs and Larck also came plateward twice.
Hostottle had the lone hit for Belpre in the third inning. The Golden Eagles had just four runners reach base safely and only one made it to second base. Bradley also retired the last 11 BHS batters consecutively.