|NTL BASEBALL: NEWMAN'S BLAST PROPELS ATHENS TO 19-5 ROUT OF SAYRE (24 PHOTOS) (2017-05-17)
Valley Sports Report
SAYRE — Luke Newman’s three-run homer in the first inning sparked a six-run outburst and propelled Athens to a 19-5 rout of Sayre here Wednesday afternoon in non-league NTL baseball action at Ralph Hendershot Field.
Ryan Kennedy led off the with a line-drive single up the middle, and Cody jennings stroked a one-out single to right field. Newman then hit a 3-1 pitch over the left-field fence to give the Wildcats a quick 3-0 lead.
Cory Stivason and Joe Horn followed with consecutive singles, and Stivason was able to score on an outfield error on Horn’s single to make it 4-0.
Daniel Joyce extended the lead to 5-0 with a ringing triple to right field. Courtesy-runner Ethan Witherow scored to cap the rally on an RBI single to center field by Matt Collins.
The Redskins answered with a run in the home half of the inning on a bases-loaded walk to Sam Wheeler, but left the bases loaded when Athens starter Joe Horn was able to induce an infield pop up.
Horn delivered a two-run double to benefit his own cause in the top of the second and courtesy-runner Keegan Rude scored on an RBI single by Joyce to make it 9-1.
The Wildcats kept it rolling in the third inning on an RBI double by Ryan Kennedy, and an RBI single by Newman to push the lead to 11-1.
Athens scored three more runs in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded walk to Andy Rosenberger, an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Jennings, and an RBI single by Newman to make it 14-1.
The Redskins trimmed the lead to 14-5 with a fur-run rally, highlighted by a a two-RBI double by Jordan Rockwell, and an RBI single by Nate Sweet.
The Wildcats scored five runs in the top of the fifth take a 19-5 lead. A two-run single by Rosenberger, and a two-run triple by Jennings were the big blows.
Joe Parshall retired the side in order for the Wildcats, thanks to a 6-4-3 (Justin Reagan to Ryan Kennedy to Cory Stivason) double play to end the game via the 10-run “mercy rule.”
Newman was 5-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored, and six RBI, and Joyce was 4-for-4 with a triple, two doubles, a run scored, and two RBI to pace Athens’ 22-hit attack.
Jennings had three hits, including a triple, two runs scored, and three RBI in the win, while Ryan Kennedy doubled and singled, scored two runs, and had an RBI, Horn doubled and singled, and had two RBI, and Collins singled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run.
Rosenberger singled, scored a run, and had three RBI for the Wildcats, while Reagan singled and scored three runs, Stivason singled and scored a pair of runs, Brock May singled and scored a run, and Keegan Rude and Witherow each scored a pair of runs.
Horn earned the win for the Wildcats. He pitched 3-plus innings, allowing five runs — four earned — on seven hits, while striking out one and walking three.
Rockwell doubled and singled, scored a pair of runs, and had two RBI, while Matt Williams stoked a pair of singles, and scored a run, and Nate Sweet singled twice and drove in a run to pace Sayre’s nine-hit attack.
Connor Hanafin and Wheeler each singled and drove in a run for the Redskins, and Chris Ray singled and scored a run.
Athens, now 15-2, can clinch the NTL Large School Division with a win Friday at Wyalusing, while Sayre, now 13-5, returns to action Thursday when it hosts NEB.
PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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