Wolverines Top Homer City for First Ever Junior Legion State Tournament Victory
Ian Myers pitched a dominating complete game, leading the Wayne Wolverines over host Homer City (Walbeck Insurance), 5-1, for the Wolverines first ever PA Youth Legion Baseball State Tournament win.
Myers gave up only one unearned run in the game, allowing five hits and striking out seven while walking only one. Dakota Sunday pitched a complete game for Homer City, allowing five runs, but only one earned, in the losing cause.
Nick Camposano had three hits, Nick Scheri had two hits, a run scored and an RBI, while Myers, Patrick Lofton, and Matt Cohen all had RBIs in the winning effort for Wayne.
Wayne took advantage of some costly Homer City errors to jump to an early lead. In the top of the first inning, Myers drew a two out walk. Darien Pass then reached safely when the Homer City shortstop booted a potential inning-ending grounder. Lofton then singled to right field, scoring Myers and moving Pass to third. Scheri then followed with a single to center to score Pass and move Lofton to second. Camposano then stroked a hit to left field, and when the left fielder bobbled the ball, Lofton was able to come home after stopping at third, staking the Wolverines to an early 3-0 lead.
After Myers set down Homer City in the bottom of the first, Wayne was able to tack on another run in the top of the second. With one out, Sean Mullarkey singled and stole second base. Jack Lee then singled to center and Mullarkey rounded third headed toward home. The third base coach gave a very late stop sign to Mullarkey, who by then was about 2/5 of the way down the third base line. Homer City alertly caught him in a rundown and tagged him out, with Lee advancing to second during the rundown. Lee moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Myers' single to left, giving Wayne a 4-0 lead.
Homer City came back in the bottom of the second to score an unearned run when a swinging bunt resulted in the ball being thrown down the right field line, allowing the batter to race all the way to third before scoring on a ground out to second. That would be the only run that Myers would allow.
Homer City did threaten in the bottom of the fifth. A lead off single,and a sacrifice bunt put a runner in scoring position with one out. Homer City's Nate Davis then hit a ball down the left field line for a single, with Cohen, the left fielder, nicely cutting off the ball and holding the runner on third. Myers then induced a pop up to second for the second out, then a grounder to shortstop Mullarkey who flipped to Lee at second for the final out of the inning, keeping the score 4-1.
Wayne played a little small ball to add an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Scheri led off the inning with his second hit of the day. Camposano then laid down a great bunt down the third base line, originally intended as a sacrifice bunt, which turned into a hit when he beat the throw to first base. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third with no outs. After a ground out to third kept the runners where they were, Cohen executed a suicide squeeze bunt to plate Scheri for a 5-1 Wolverines lead.
Myers continued to coast along in the sixth where he ended the inning by picking off the Homer City runner from first base. After a lead off single by Homer City in the bottom of the seventh, Myers struck out the next two batters, still bringing heat to the plate, and then got the last batter out on a dribbler to first base, giving the Wolverines the win.
Wayne is now 26-9-1 on the season. They play tomorrow morning at 11 AM as they attempt to work their work out of the losers' bracket versus the loser of tonight's game between defending state champion Spring City and Spring City's league rival, the Boyertown Grizzlies.