White Falcons advance to regionals

Bryan Walters

May 16, 2014

ASHTON, W.Va. — The Wahama baseball team is headed to its sixth straight regional tournament after clinching the Class A Region 4, Section 3 championship Thursday night with a 6-0 victory over Calhoun County at Hannan High School.

The White Falcons (16-9) didn’t allow a run in their second straight matchup against the Red Devils, who dropped an 18-0 decision on Tuesday in the first postseason meeting. Calhoun County (7-17) defeated Hannan twice to reach the second matchup with WHS.

Wahama scored twice in the first and four more times in the second to take a 6-0 lead after two complete, then both teams simply posted zeroes on the scoreboard the rest of the way — allowing the White Falcons to move on to regional play.

Wahama will travel to Buffalo on Monday, May 26, for a regional semifinal matchup at 6 p.m.

A pair of CCHS errors allowed WHS to get Kane Roush and Wyatt Zuspan aboard safely in the first, then Wesley Harrison lifted a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Roush to score — giving the hosts an early 1-0 lead. Brent Larck followed with a two-out single that plated Zuspan for a 2-0 edge.

Demetrius Serevicz led the second off with a walk, then Garret Miller launched a two-run home run to left center for a 4-0 cushion. After making consecutive outs, Hunter Bradley followed with a solo shot to left field for a 5-0 advantage, then back-to-back doubles by Zuspan and Harrison resulted in a 6-0 edge.

Both teams had six hits apiece in the contest, with Calhoun County committing two of the three errors in the contest. The Red Devils stranded nine runners on base while the hosts left just four on the bags.

Bradley, Zuspan, Harrison, Larck, Serevicz and Miller each had a hit for the victors, with Harrison leading the way with two RBIs. Zuspan also scored twice for the White Falcons.

Miller was the winning pitcher of record after allowing two hits and one walk over three innings while striking out seven. Zuspan worked four innings of relief and allowed four hits and two walks while fanning three.

Starcher and Ritchie paced CCHS with two hits apiece, while Fulks and Moore added a safety apiece.

Moore suffered the setback after allowing four earned runs and two walks over six frames while striking out five.