All good things eventually come to an end. And so too with the BR winning streak on the diamond. Reaching back to the 2021 season, it has been 17 games since we last had to tell of the Wolverines being on the short side of a contest (Wellsville, 8-6, in extras on May 24th, 2021) . This one was there for the taking, but the boys dropped a 2-1 decision to the visiting Hornell Raiders on a chilly but bright Thursday evening. The extra sectional points for besting a larger school would have been sweet!
The loss came despite a standout performance on the hill from Landon Danaher. Danaher went the distance. He fanned 4 with 2 walks and six hits against. Only one of the runs was earned. For the better part of the contest, he held the Raiders at bay, hoping the offense would afford him some breathing space. That never developed. The defense did turned two unconventional double plays to help the cause.
On the offensive side of things, BR was held to six hits as well. They earned four walks and a hit batter. Hornell was flawless in the field which prevented BR from getting anything cheaply. The boys also collected 6 Ks for the game. A pair of base running snafus messed up potential scoring, and they left a whopping dozen runners on base.
Hornell’s first trip to the plate ended after three groundouts. The first right to Cam MacDonell at first. The second to Danaher on the mound. Finally, a ball to Trey Buchholz at short.
BR didn’t fair much better in their half. A one-out walk to Buchholz was left in place.
Hornell got in front in their second at bat. Following a pop out to Ian Unfus at second, a single to right got moved to third thanks to BR’s lone error on the evening. The run scored on a second single to right. Out 2 was a grounder to Unfus, who made the toss to MacDonell at first. The final out was a comebacker to Danaher who out ran the batter to the bag.
BR couldn’t do anything with Reiss Gaines’s single to left in the second.
Hornell’s 3rd was quick. A fly to Gaines in center, grounder to Unfus and a little squibber in front of the plate, Aydin Sisson gobbled it up and threw a strike down to Cam for the put out.
In BR’s half, Danaher was hit by a pitch after one out. He got caught leaning and was picked off during Buchholz’s walk. But nothing further developed.
Top of the 4th, BR caught a bit of a break. A one out single put a man aboard. The next batter dropped a ball into center. The first runner had rounded second and was on his way into third but the cutoff throw from Gaines to Buchholz kind of hung him up. Buchholz did the proper thing and ran right at the runner, eventually making the toss to Wyatt Karnuth at third who applied the tag. While this was going on, the batter was trying to work his way to second. While he was still on the ground, Karnuth fired a bullet to Unfus who was covering second. The Hornell runner over shot the bag and was tagged out by Unfus. Something they probably practice every day, the 8-6-5-4 DP. Still Hornell up 1-0.
Cam led off the BR half with a just missed shot to enter, the ball bounced over the temporary fence right about where it meets the chain link part for the ground rule double. Unfortunately, a man on second with no outs doesn’t get cashed in, partially due to the other of those base running snafus. The story of the game.
Hornell continued to be mostly flustered by Danaher in the fifth. Caden Allen made a lengthy run to snare a pop out foul to start. A strikeout then a groundout with Karnuth making the strong throw across to Cam for out 3.
In kind, BR also remained frustrated. Sisson started things in the 5th with a sharp single to right. He made it to second on a groundout, but that was it.
A lead off walk for Hornell in the sixth was advanced on a bunt, Danaher to MacDonell on the out. He made it to third on a right side groundout, Unfus to Cam. Strikeout 3 ended the rally.
BR loaded the bags with one down in the sixth and got nothing out of it. Karnuth singled to short beating the throw. Cam and Caden followed with walks. But that was it.
Hornell got some insurance in the top of the last. A lead off walk moved up on a wild pitch. A single to left scored the runner, on the play, the batter moved to second, important only in setting up the way the inning would end. Next man nubbed a slow roller to the left side of the infield and just did beat out the throw from Karnuth. He then stole second, so 2 in scoring position. Danaher’s 4th K was out #1. With the infield in to prevent any other damage, a grounder to Cam, who stepped on the bag for out #2, then he threw a bullet to Sisson who made the tag on the runner trying to score from third, a 3-2 double play. Hornell 2-0.
BR’s last chance was looking very grim as the first two batters were not able to get aboard. Danaher, singled to the hole at short and easily beat the throw. Hornell was not overly concerned about Landon’s run, so he was able to steal his way to third. Buchholz singled sharply up the middle to score Landon, erasing the 0. But once again on this night, BR was unable to get the timely hitting we’ve been witness to so many times this season.
Wrapping this one up,
Hits were by Danaher, Buchholz, Karnuth, MacDonell a double, Gaines, and Sisson. Buchholz had the lone RBI to score Danaher.
Not much time to lick their wounds as the boys head over to Friendship to play the Friendship/Scio squad Friday at 5.
Then they get a few days off playing again on W before next weekend’s BR tournament.