ATHENS RALLIES LATE TO TOP WAVERLY, 4-2
By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | May 14, 2021 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney
ATHENS — Athens overcame a shaky start, and rallied late for a 4-2 win
over Valley rival Waverly here Friday afternoon in a non-league baseball
game played “In Memory of Andy Rickert.”
It’s the second win of
the season for the Wildcats against the Wolverines. They won 9-3 at
Waverly May 1 as part of “The Battle of the Border.”
Thomas Hand led of the game with a single, and advanced to third when
freshman Jay Pipher’s fly ball to left field was dropped. With runners
on second and third, freshman Joey Tomasso hit an RBI single to give the
Wolverines a 1-0 lead.
Sophomore Tyler Beeman’s fielder’s choice grounder plater Pipher to make it 2-0.
an infield error allowed junior Caden Hollywood, Athens sophomore
shortstop Mason Lister gobbled up a grounder off the bat of junior
Brennan Traub raced to second, and fired to first for a 6-3 double play
to end the inning.
Waverly starter junior Derek Seymour pitched
around a second-inning walk, and a two-out single in the third inning by
Athens junior Karter Rude to keep the Wolverines ahead 2-0.
starter sophomore Lucas Kraft, meanwhile, retired Waverly in order in
the second and third innings, although he needed a strong throw from
sophomore catcher Caleb Nichols to gun down Pipher attempting to steal
second base in the third inning.
Beeman and Hollywood led off the
top of the fourth with back-to-back singles, and Traub moved the
runners over with a sacrifice bunt, but Kraft registered a strikeout,
and induced an infield grounder to escape the jam unscathed.
worked a one-out walk off Seymour in the fourth, but Waverly turned a
4-6-3 (Pipher-Tomasso-Hollywood) double play to end the inning.
Kraft breezed through the top of the fifth, but the Wildcats got on the board in the home half of the frame.
one out, junior Dylan Merritt worked a walk, and moved to second on a
bunt. After a walk to sophomore Carson Smith, Rude stroked an RBI single
to center field to trim the deficit to 2-1. A wild pitch brought home
pinch-runner junior Jared Peterson to tie the game at 2-2.
again retired the Wolverines in order in the top of the sixth, and the
Wildcats once again pushed a pair of runs across the plate in the home
Sophomore Cam Sullivan walked to lead off the inning. An
errant pick-off attempt allowed pinch-runner junior osiah Stringman to
advance to third base. He scored moments later on a passed ball.
two outs, sophomore Jaren Glisson singled, and Merritt walked. A pair
of wild pitches allowed Glisson to score to make it 4-2.
put the tying runs on base in the top of the seventh inning on one-out
singles by junior Kaden Wheeler and senior Nick VanHouten, but Kraft
retired the last two batters to preserve the win.
two runs — both unearned — on six hits, while striking out four and
walking one in a complete-game, seven-inning effort.
a pair of singles and drove in one run, and Glisson singled and scored
one run to account for Athens’ three hits. Kaden Setzer, Peterson, and
Stringham scored runs for the Wildcats.
Beeman singled twice and
drove in one run to pace Waverly’s six-hit attack,, while Hand singled
and scored one run, Hollywood, Wheeler, and VanHouten each singled, and
Pipher scored one run.
Seymour was tagged with the loss, allowing
three runs on two hits, while striking out three and walking five in 5
1/3 innings of work. Beeman allowed one run on one hit, with two
strikeouts and two walks in 2/3 of an inning.
Athens, now 11-8, hosts North Penn-Mansfield Monday, while Waverly (4-4) hosts Dryden Monday.
1988 Athens grad, Rickert was a key cog on the 1987 NTL championship
team. A junior that season, Rickert batted .393 with 18 RBI and 11
During his senior season, Rickert hit .524 (33 hits
in 63 at-bats) with nine doubles, five triples, three home runs, and 35
RBI. He also stole 11 bases and scored 23 runs.