White Falcons roll Miller, 24-6

By Alex Hawley - ahawley@civitasmedia.com

MASON, W.Va. — The White Falcons simply took advantage of what was given to them.

The Wahama baseball team had half as many hits as it did runs on Wednesday night on J.C. Cook Field at Claflin Stadium, but Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division guest Miller committed 14 errors and issued 13 free passes, giving the White Falcons a 24-6 victory.

The visiting Falcons (4-12, 4-10 TVC Hocking) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the opening inning, but Wahama (12-8, 10-5) scored 11 times in the bottom of the inning, with Dalton Kearns scoring the go-ahead run on a Tyler Bumgarner single.

The White Falcon lead grew to 12-2 in the second inning, after Bryton Grate scored on a wild pitch.

Miller scored twice in the top of the third and added two more runs in the top of the fourth frame. Wahama scored six runs apiece in the third and fourth innings, capping off the 24-6 victory.

WHS senior Nyles Riggs pitched a complete game and earned the victory, striking out eight, while allowing six runs, five earned, on four hits and eight walks.

Hettich suffered the setback for Miller, allowing 18 runs, four earned, on 11 hits and six walks in three innings of work. Vollmer finished the game for the guests, allowing six runs, one earned, on one hit and four walks. Hettich struck out three batters and hit two, while Vollmer had one strikeout and one hit batter.

Wahama’s offense was led by Philip Hoffman, who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Tanner Smith was 2-for-2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI, while David Hendrick went 2-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and one RBI.

Kearns tripled once and scored three times for the Red and White, Bumgarner, Riggs and Jared Oliver each singled once, scored twice and drove in a run, while Jonathan Frye marked one hit and one run scored.

Grate, Jacob Fisher and Antonio Serevicz finished with one run and one RBI apiece for the victors, Dalton Duff also contributed an RBI, while Wyatt Edwards, Anthony Ortiz, Gabe Roush, Ethan VanMatre and Trevor Hunt each scored once.

Dishong led the guests with two singles and two runs scored, while Geil doubled once and drove in three runs.

Wahama committed just two errors in the game, 12 fewer than Miller. WHS left seven runners on base, while the guests stranded seven.

After a trip to Huntington St. Joseph on Thursday, Wahama will visit Miller on Friday, in the final game of the White Falcons’ 2016 league campaign.

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

By Alex Hawley