By: Tim Birney | | April 24, 2021 | Photo courtesy Chris Manning


WYALUSING — Wyalusing took the lead in the bottom of the first inning, and never relinquished it en route to a 6-2 win over Athens here Saturday afternoon in NTL Large School Division baseball action.

With seven of his teammates, including four starters and the team’s ace pitcher, out due to Covid-19 quarantine, Wyalusing’s Nick Kelly stepped up with a strong pitching performance, and several of the remaining Ram hitter delivered key two-out hits.

Kelly earned the win, allowing two runs — one earned — on five hits, while striking out five and walking four in 6 2/3 innings of work. Trehnon Hugo worked around a walk to record the final out.

Athens took the early lead on an RBI single by Cam Sullivan in the top of the first inning, but the Rams answered with two runs in the home half of the inning.

With two outs, an Athens error extended the inning. After a single by Spencer Krewson and a walk loaded the bases, C.J. Carr delivered a two-run single to left field to put the Rams up 2-1.

Wyalusing added three runs in the second inning to take a 5-1 lead. All three runs came with two outs, and the rally included RBI singles by Chase Houser and Krewson.

Wyalusing tacked on a run in the third inning on a two-out error by Wildcats to extend the lead to 6-1.

Athens got a run back in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI double by Lucas Kraft, but he was left stranded at third base, and the Wildcats managed just a pair of singles over the final three innings.

Sullivan had two hits and drove in one run, while Caleb Nichols singled twice, and Kraft doubled and drove in one run to account for Athens’ five hits.

 Kraft was tagged with the tough-luck loss. He allowed six runs — all unearned — on 10 hits, while striking out two and walking two in five innings of work. Gage Warner allowed one hit and one walk in a scoreless inning of relief.

Houser stroked three singles and drove in one run, while Carr had two hits and two RBI, Krewson had two hits, scored one run, and drove in one run, and Kelly singled twice and scored one run in Wyalusing’s 11-hit attack.

Athens, now 4-6, hosts Williamson Monday.


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Tim Birney

Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.

Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.

River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).