By: Tim Birney | | April 26, 2021 | Photo courtesy Tim Birney


ATHENS — Athens sophomore Gage Warner and Cam Sullivan combined on a four-hit shutout to help the Wildcats snap a four-game losing streak with a 9-0 win over Williamson here Monday afternoon in NTL baseball action.

Warner scattered three hits over five innings, while striking out three and walking two to earn the win for the Wildcats. Sullivan allowed one hit and one walk, and struck out two in two innings of work.

Athens jumped on the Warriors early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Junior Karter Rude led off the game with a single, and ended up on third base after sophomore Caleb Nichols and Sullivan were hit by pitches.

Rude scampered home on a passed ball for the game’s first run, then sophomore Mason Lister made it 2-0 with an RBI single. With two outs, Warner helped his own cause to make it 4-0.

Williamson starter Cody Fleming settled down after the first inning. He allowed just a second-inning single by Nichols before running into trouble again in the fourth inning.

Kyler Setzer led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single, stole second, and scored on an RBI double by Kaden Setzer to make it 5-0.

With one out, Nichols was hit by a pitch again to put runners on first and second. The runners moved to second and third, then scored on a ringing two-run double by Sullivan to extend the lead to 7-0.

After a Lister single and stolen base, pinch-hitter senior Tanner Dildine capped the rally with a two-RBI double.

Lister singled twice, scored two runs, stole two bases, and drove in one run, and Kyler Setzer singled twice and scored one run to lead Athens’ 10-hit attack, while Sullivan doubled, scored two runs, and collected two RBI, Kaden Setzer doubled, scored one run, and knocked in one run.

Dildine doubled and drove in two runs in the win, while Warner singled and knocked in two runs, Nichols singled and scored two runs, and Rude singled and scored one run.

Athens, now 5-6, travels to Towanda Wednesday for the first of four road games in four days.


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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).