WAVERLY EDGES T-BURG, 4-2, FOR THIRD LEAGUE TITLE IN FOUR SEASONS
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | June 5, 2021 | Photo courtesy Jackson Lawrence
TRUMANSBURG — Freshman Jay Pipher pitched out of trouble early, and
threw five innings of scoreless relief to help Waverly to a 4-2 win over
Trumansburg here Saturday afternoon in the championships game of the
IAC baseball tournament.
The win was Waverly’s second straight overall IAC title, and third in four seasons.
“This was a well played game by both sides,” said Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee. ”When you play against Coach Voorhees-coached team, you know you are in for an excellent game.”
With Dunn Field unavailable, the IAC North schools had home-field advantage in this year’s championship games.
“Winning an IAC championship game is hard to do on a neutral field,” said McDuffee. “Winning at T-Burg was even harder.
“My kids blocked that element out, and worked like a team to overcome home-field advantage,” added McDuffee.
Pipher entered the game in the third inning with Waverly trailing 2-1 and two runners on. He walked the first batter he faced to load the bases, then retired the next three batters he faced without allowing another run.
In his five innings of scoreless relief, Pipher allowed three hits, while striking out three and walking two to earn the win.
“Jay Pipher coming in in relief and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in third inning with no runs was big, especially in a pressure situation as a freshman,” said McDuffee. “He pitched an excellent game.”
Junior Caden Hollywood and sophomore Ty Beeman stroked back-to-back singles to begin the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, junior Brady Blauvelt smacked a two-run double to left field to give the Wolverines a 3-2 lead.
In the seventh inning, Pipher ripped a one-out double to center field. Pipher advanced to third on a groundout off the bat of freshman Joey Tomasso, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.
“Brady Blauvelt was clutch with a two-out double to score two runs In the sixth inning that put us up by one,” said McDuffee.
“Brady has been playing real strong baseball, and at the right time,” added McDuffee.
Waverly took the lead in the top of the first inning, scoring a run with two outs. Tomasso was hit by a pitch, stole second and third base, then scored on an RBI single by junior Caden Hollywood.
Trumansburg’s first three batters in the bottom of the third inning reached to load the bases, then Tanner Potter stroked a two-run single to give Trumansburg a 2-1 lead, and knock Waverly starter Derek Seymour out of the game.
Blauvelt doubled and singled, and drove in two runs, and Hollywood singled twice, scored one run, and knocked in one run to lead Waverly at the plate, while Pipher doubled and scored one run, and Beeman singled and scored one run.
Juniors Thomas Hand and Brennan Traub each singled in the win, and Tomasso scored one run and stole two bases in the win.
Waverly, now 14-4, will likely return to action Tuesday with a home game in the Section IV, Class B playoffs.
About the Author
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 Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020). Southern Tier Sports Report is set to launch in 2021.