‘A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet’ -Shakespeare
So, a 9-0, two hit win over any team would be just as sweet….
uh I don’t think so!
Games against rivalry schools always take on extra significance, so wins over those teams are sweet. Wins that transpire as mentioned are SUPER SWEET!
So, on a pretty nice Saturday afternoon in Wellsville, the Wolverines remained undefeated with a 9-0, two hit win over the host Lions.
A big part of the story was senior pitcher Landon Danaher’s performance on the hill. His stat line: 6 IP, 12 Ks, 3 BB, 1 HBP and just 1 hit. Landon had his A + game going as he confounded the Lions with his mix of heat, location, and movement. The lone Lion hit off Landon was a leadoff 6th inning, slow roller that just eluded a diving BR infielder. Landon had to be lifted for the seventh as he hit the pitch count ceiling. Trey Buchholz pitched the last with a hit and a K on his line.
While that was very impressive stuff, this was a team win just as well. BR collected 9 hits, to go with 8 walks in putting up the 9 runs. The overall team speed, I think, caught the host side off guard, 6 stolen bases and a few other non-statistical uses of the speed contributed to the win.
“With mirth and laughter, let old wrinkles come.” - Shakespeare
On to the game…
The game did not start spectacularly for the Wolverines. Three up and three down on 11 pitches. Though all three were sharply hit balls that were right at Lion defenders. Buchholz and Wyatt Karnuth drove balls to the outfield.
Danaher fanned the first 2 Lion batters before surrendering a walk. No problems, next man up, grounder to Cam MacDonell at first. Cam flipped to Danaher covering for the inning ender.
BR got one in their second. Reiss Gaines ripped a two out double to left. Aydin Sisson drove him in with a hard grounder through the left side. Reiss’s speed eliminated any chance of a play at the plate.
Home second, closely resembled the first. Two Ks and a groundout. This time Danaher flipped to Cam for the groundball put away.
BR extended the lead in their third. Ian Unfus and Danaher led off with walks. A double steal put both in scoring position. Buchholz sent a sac fly to the outfield, scoring Unfus. Danaher stole third during Karnuth’s at bat. Karnuth brought him home with a hard groundball past the shortstop. Wyatt would steal second before Cam sent a shot to left field for a double and the 4-0 BR lead.
Walk #2 was the meat inside of a three K sandwich in the home 3rd.
The Wolverines duplicated their output from the third in the fourth inning. One out walks to Evan Pinney and Unfus got things going. Danaher singled to left field to load the bases. Buchholz hit a fielder’s choice which erased Danaher but scored Pinney. Karnuth doubled to (yep, you guessed it) left field scoring Unfus and Buchholz. BR 7-0.
Wellsville’s best chance came in the fourth. A two out walk started things. That man advanced to third, and we’ll not go into detail as to how. A hit batter put two aboard. That was followed by one of those plays that get practiced probably every day during the season, yet it is rarely successful. With first and third, Coach Allen made a defensive call. The runner at first broke towards second. Sisson made a sharp throw back to Danaher, who threw to Karnuth to apply the tag on the runner who had strayed way off the bag. End of inning.
Caden Allen led off the 5th with a walk, but the boys were unable to move him.
Danaher kept mowing them down in the Lions’ 5th. Two more Ks and a grounder to Cam, who made a nice pickup and play for the final out.
BR came “oh so close” to getting the 10 run differential in the 6th which could have sent us home early. Unfus walked. Then stole second. Danaher singled to (sing along with me) left field, scoring Ian. Danaher stole second and was moved along on Buchholz’s groundout. Karnuth drove in Danaher with a single to right. Wait, what? Is that possible? Yep. BR 9-0. With men still on the base paths, the boys just couldn’t collect the next run.
The no hit bid was ended by the first man up in the home 6th. As stated above, the ball barely getting past the outstretched glove of the BR fielder. No worries, K 11 and K12 followed by a nice play at short by Buchholz to fire and get the batter at first. That was Danaher’s last batter.
Sawyer Johnson singled to center to start the BR 7th. He eventually was out on a fielder’s choice and BR was unable to make it a perfect 10.
Buchholz was greeted with a little dumper hit into right. Next man hit a ball to Karnuth who made a nice stop on the ball at third. Then he made a nice throw across the diamond to Cam who made a nice stretch to record the out. NICE! Trey’s K was next and then a can of corn to Caden in center. Ball Game!
At the dish, Danaher had two hits, two runs scored and drove in one to help himself. Buchholz drove in a pair and scored one. Karnuth had himself a game with three hits (one of them a double), a run scored, and 4 RBIs. Cam had a two base hit and an RBI. Gaines had a double as well and scored a run. Sisson had one hit and an RBI. Pinney came across the plate once. Unfus drew three walks and scored following each of them!
BR is slated to host GV/ Belfast on Monday at 5. Mother nature still rules, though.
It seems just about every time BR travels to play Wellsville (or even to play in Wellsville) memorable things happen. Today will be right near the top of the list!
A trip down memory lane from some of the things that have gone on in Wellsville. The actual years, for the most part are murky.
Some of these names might be participating in the Alumni/ Old Timer’s game on June 25th as part of Pioneer Oil Days (They’re back!! I think!!)
Karl Hackett giving his all to track a fly ball in left (of course).
Hayden Cole, as a freshman, getting three sac flies in one game (that’s got to be some sort of record).
Kyle Ingalls hitting high up on the side of the school with a home run. Ingalls also going, pre-pitch count days, over 150 pitches in an extra inning affair over Alfred Almond, moving BR along in the playoffs.
Reston Pettit and CJ Pierce shutting down Cassadaga Valley to move BR to the states.
Alex MacDonell making an over the shoulder grab of a fly ball, prompting the former Wellsville coach to do a “we’re not worthy” sort of thing. (That game was actually in Pegulaville, but..).
Hudson Evingham, Logan Bess and Riley MacDonald all contributing heavily to the BR win in 2019 (game called because they don’t have lights).
And many more!