BUFFALO, W.Va. — Solid.
Only one word was needed to describe the Wahama baseball team following its 10-0 thumping of host Buffalo Tuesday night in a Class A Region 4, Section 1 winner’s bracket contest in Putnam County.
The White Falcons (19-16) led wire-to-wire in the contest, which included a four-run outburst in the bottom of the first for an early 4-0 cushion. That advantage proved to be more than enough for WHS starter Tyler Roush, who limited the Bison (19-22) to just three hits and three baserunners over five innings of work.
Wahama — which outhit BHS by a sizable 11-3 overall margin — added another run in the third for a 5-0 lead, then plated five runs in the fifth to wrap up the mercy-rule decision. The White Falcons return to action at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Buffalo High School, where they will face the winner of the Buffalo-Hannan game from Wednesday.
Roush was the winning pitcher of record, allowing just three hits and no walks over five frames while striking out seven. Travis Coleman took the loss for Buffalo after surrendering 10 runs, nine hits and one walk over 4.1 innings while fanning seven. Aaron Lewis also work a third of an inning, allowing two hits and a walk.
Wahama mustered four runs in the first on five hits and a walk, then came up with a run in the third after two hits and a hit-batsman came back to haunt the Bison for a 5-0 contest through three complete.
Four hits, a walk and an error ultimately sealed the deal for WHS in the fifth, as the hosts plated five runs off of two different Buffalo hurlers to wrap up the double-digit outcome. Hunter Oliver also scored the game-clinching run on a wild pitch with two outs in the fifth.
Wesley Harrison led the White Falcons with three hits, while Roush chipped in two safeties to help in his own cause. Oliver, Wyatt Zuspan, Matt Stewart, Zach Wamsley, Kevin Back and Kane Roush also added a hit each to the winning effort. Stewart and Tyler Roush each scored twice, while Kane Roush had a team-best two RBIs.
Coleman paced BHS with two hits, while Lewis had the other safety. Buffalo committed the only error in the contest.
Hannan edged Huntington St. Joe by a 4-3 margin Tuesday night in the loser’s bracket contest, which eliminated the the Irish from the postseason. The Wildcats — who were outhit 8-6 overall — rallied back from a 3-0 deficit after three innings of play.