The Hornets fell to Athens 12-2 on the road Wednesday, May 8. It was the sixth loss of the season for the Hornets. Athens entered the matchups winners of four of their last five games and the top seed in the NTL large school division.
Early on, Wellsboro managed to keep the game close by holding the Wildcats scoreless for the first two innings.
Athens had broken double-digits seven times already this season and would eventually do the same against Wellsboro despite the quiet start. The Wildcats offense started to find their rhythm in the third inning as they put up three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Two innings later Wellsboro put their first of two runs on the board. The Wildcats answered in their next at bat with two more runs to extend their lead to 5-1.
In the sixth, the Hornets worked to close the gap on offense again putting their second run on the board. Athens responded in the bottom half of the sixth with a barrage of offense scoring seven runs and pulling ahead by 10 runs to earn a six-inning mercy rule victory.
Carson Davis was on the bump for Wellsboro and pitched five innings allowing 12 hits and nine runs in that time. Davis struck out three and walked three in the loss. Isaac Keane took over in relief in the sixth and allowed three runs.
Keane led the team with two hits and a run scored. Billy Lechler had one hit and an RBI in the loss. Cam Tennis went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Wellsboro.
Friday, in the second of a four game road trip, the Hornets traveled to Towanda.
Towanda set to work early with two runs in the bottom of the first. The Black Knights would hold this lead until the fifth when Dawson Manning came on in relief for Tanner Kunkle.
After being held scoreless four four innings against Kunkle, the Hornets put their first run of the evening across the plate in the fifth against Manning. Neither team scored in the sixth to kept the score 2-1 in favor of Towanda. Then, in the top of the seventh Wellsboro scored two runs and took their first lead of the night.
The Black Knights answered in the bottom of the inning with one run to send the game to extra innings.
Wellsboro scored their fourth run of the contest in the eighth and held the lead until the bottom half of the inning when Towanda scored twice and earned a 5-4 victory at home.
In the third game of Wellsboro’s road trip the Hornets took part in another extra inning thriller. This time the Hornets came away with the victory.
The game was tied 4-4 after seven innings. A scoreless eighth inning forced a second extra inning of play. It was there in the top of the ninth that Wellsboro’s offense would erupt for six runs. The extra inning scoring binge was more than either team had scored in the entire game helping to secure a 10-4 victory for Wellsboro.
Kaedan Mann led Wellsboro at the plate with three hits and scored twice.
Keane was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a run scored.
Also putting three runs across the plate was Lucas Citrino who went 1-for-4 in the win.
Tennis continued his solid work from the batter’s box this season with two hits, an Rbi and two runs scored.
The Hornets close out season with one more road game in Northeast Bradford Thursday before a home game against Danville.