WAVERLY KNOCKS OFF NOTRE DAME, 4-
By: Tim Birney | Waverly Athletics | May 12, 2021 | Photo courtesy Brian Fees
SOUTHPORT — Junior Caden Hollywood tossed six strong innings, and
sophomore Ty Beeman closed out Waverly’s 4-1 win over Notre Dame here
Wednesday afternoon in IAC Division 3 baseball action.
Hollywood allowed one run on five hits, while striking out six and walking two to earn the win. Beeman struck out two in a perfect inning of relief to earn the save.
Junior Thomas Hand and freshman Jay Pipher led off the game with back-to-back singles, but Notre Dame starter Owen Stewart settled down and retired the next three batters.
Stewart fanned the first three Waverly batters he faced in the second inning, but junior Kaden Wheeler was able to reach on a dropped third strike. Jack Barrett was hit by a pitch, Hand walked to load the bases.
Pipher stroked a hard RBI groundball single through the hole at shortstop to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Moments later, Barrett scooted home on a passed ball to make it 2-0.
Beeman and Hollywood led off the third inning with back-to-back singles, but Stewart struck out the next three hitters to escape the jam unscathed.
Stewart helped his own cause with an RBI in the bottom of the third inning, but Hollywood pitched out of a bases-loaded jam to preserve the 2-1 lead.
Hollywood retired the next nine batters he faced, thanks to a 1-6-3 double-play in the sixth inning, and Waverly maintained a 2-1 lead after six innings.
Pipher took a four-pitch walk to lead off the seventh, and freshman Joey Tomasso followed with a double to put runners on second and third. Beeman delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1.
After a walk to Hollywood, and a single by junior Brennan Traub loaded the bases, Wheeler drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-1.
With Hollywood at the pitch-count limit, Beeman entered the game in the seventh, and needed just 12 pitches to end the game.
Pipher singled twice, scored one run, and drove in one run to pace Waverly’s seven-hit attack, while Tomasso doubled and scored one run, and Beeman singled and knocked in one run.
Hand, Hollywood, and Traub added singles in the win, while Wheeler scored one run and drove in one run, and Barrett scored one run.
Stewart was tagged with the hard-luck loss for the Crusaders. He allowed two runs — one earned — on five hits, while striking out 15 and walking two in 5 2/3 innings of work.
Stewart also had two hits and one RBI to pace Notre Dame’s five-hit effort.
Waverly, now 5-1, travels to Athens Friday.
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.