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IAC MODIFIED BASEBALL: O-M PULLS OUT 5-4 WIN OVER WAVERLY WITH RUN IN 7TH (17 PHOTOS) (2017-05-16)

Valley Sports Report
WAVERLY — O-M jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but needed a run in the top of the seventh inning to pull out a 5-4 win over Waverly here Friday afternoon in IAC baseball action.

Trailing 4-0 after 1 1/2 innings, Waverly’s bats didn’t come to life until the fifth inning.

Derek Seymour led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single and moved to second on an error in the outfield. After a walk to Ryan Bennett, both runners advanced on a groundout off the bat of Nate Ryck.

Nacho DeSisti plated the junior Wolverines run with a groundout to trim the deficit to 4-1.

In the home half of the sixth, Kaden Wheeler sparked the rally with a one-out walk. He stole second and third bases, and scored on a line-drive to left field by Caden Hollywood to make it 4-2.

With two outs, Seymour flared a single to left field that sent Hollywood to third base. Hollywood and Seymour, who stole second, both scored on back-to-back passed balls to tie the game at 4-4.

O-M took advantage of three Waverly errors and a hit batsman to score the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.

Ryck walked to lead off the home half of the seventh, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by DeSisti. Thomas Hand then reached on an infield error, but Ryck was held at third.

O-M was able to preserve the win with a pop fly to shortstop in short left field, and a groundout to second base.

Seymour was 3-for-3 with three stolen bases, and two runs scored to lead Waverly’s six-hit attack, while Hollywood singled, scored a run, and drove in a run, DeSisti singled, stole two bases, and drove in a run, and Bennett singled and stole two bases. Wheeler added a run scored and two steals for the Wolverines.

Hand started on the mound for Waverly, allowing four runs — one earned — on three hits, while striking out three and walking five.

Hollywood relieved and pitched 4 1/3 innings of no-hit relief. He allowed one unearned run, while striking out nine and walked two. Seymour retired the final two batters he faced, striking out both.

Waverly falls to 3-1 on the season.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHELA BUBNIAK.

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