Thursday, October 02, 2014

Wellsville aces West Franklin

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 7/23/2014

POMONA — Everybody knows Wellsville has two major pitchers that can beat anyone.

The aces showed their nasty stuff Tuesday, combining for a one-hitter in Wellsville’s 10-1 win over West Franklin in the American Legion AA Zone 6 Tournament in Pomona.

POMONA — Everybody knows Wellsville has two major pitchers that can beat anyone.

The aces showed their nasty stuff Tuesday, combining for a one-hitter in Wellsville’s 10-1 win over West Franklin in the American Legion AA Zone 6 Tournament in Pomona.

Wellsville played top-seeded Iola Wed-nesday night. The loser plays 6 p.m. today and the winner plays 8 p.m. today.

Luke Meyer pitched the first four innings and Shamus Kearney tossed the final three frames for Wellsville.

“Luke set the tone early,” Wellsville coach Chris Caruthers said. “He was on. Shamus came in and shut them down. It is always fun when those two are pitching well.

“It makes everybody else step up to what they do. We play a lot better when those two are out there.

“They have confidence in their stuff. The guys behind them have confidence in them. When they are on, they are tough to hit.”

Those two pitchers led Wellsville High School to the 3A state title this spring.

“That is why they are the state champions,” West Franklin coach Danny Homer said. “They have good pitching.”

West Franklin had trouble in the field with nine errors.

“You can’t win games with errors,” Homer said. “We pitched decent enough. We gave them too many outs. You can’t overcome it.

“We did not get the key hits when we needed them. We had errors when we did not need them.”

Wellsville cracked eight hits. Wellsville’s offense came in struggling, scoring three runs in the KABA Tournament.

“We have been struggling hitting the ball lately,” Caruthers said. “We have been working on swinging the bats. Hard work paid off. We have to keep it going the next game. You have to push runs across the plate.”

West Franklin is attempting to perservere through the mistakes.

“We have to keep fighting and clean things up,” Homer said. “Give ourselves a chance. This is a tough region. You have to beat the best to win it all. We have to stay positive and improve.”

For Wellsville, this could spell the end for this group of players.

“It could be one of the last trips this group has together,” Caruthers said. “They have had a heck of a run together. We want to come out and have fun. They are confident. We will ride it out with them.”

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