Monday, September 22, 2014

Wellsville Legion comes up empty

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 7/26/2013

In a span of a couple of a days, the Wellsville American Legion baseball team played on two different levels.

Wellsville played one of its best games in program history in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over Ottawa in the Zone 2 opener at Harvey M. Drake Field.

In a span of a couple of a days, the Wellsville American Legion baseball team played on two different levels.

Wellsville played one of its best games in program history in Tuesday’s 4-3 win over Ottawa in the Zone 2 opener at Harvey M. Drake Field.

Wellsville followed that up with one to forget Thursday in an 11-0 loss to Rock Creek in a winner’s bracket final. Wellsville had two hits and committed six errors.

“We did not come ready to play,” Wellsville coach Chris Caruthers said. “We never could get anything going hitting and the fielding followed after that.

“When you give a team five or six outs an inning, it can get out of hand really quick.”

Wellsville, a relatively new program, was attempting to advance to its first Zone championship game.

“It was a little disappointing ... especially with the opportunity we had there,” Caruthers said.

The game was tight through four innings, but Rock Creek scored eight runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Wellsville accumulated five of its six errors in the final three frames where Rock Creek scored 10 runs.

“We take care a lot of stuff ourselves if we hit the ball and field it,” Caruthers said.

Wellsville starter Luke Meyer wore down and it showed in the fifth inning when he gave up three hits and Rock Creek scored four runs.

“He had a couple of pressure innings when the game was still close,” Caruthers said. “He wore down.”

Wellsville had just enough offense to beat Ottawa, but never generated anything against Rock Creek.

“We have not hit the ball really well at all,” Caruthers said. “Getting that one big hit and everybody follows through after that.”

The coach said Wellsville will need big-time starts out of his pitchers the rest of the tournament.

“We are going to need our pitchers to pitch better,” he said. “We need them to keep the ball in the strike zone. Let our fielders have a chance.”

Wellsville (16-7) played an elimination game Friday against Ottawa. The winner advanced to play Rock Creek late Friday night in the championship game.

Wellsville needed to win both to force today’s second championship game at noon.

“We have to come back ready to play,” Caruthers said.

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