The Cowanesque Valley baseball team hosted Bucktail Wednesday night and earned a 13-11 win. The Indians entered the contest 5-11 overall and in third in the NTL small school standings, two games under .500 in league games.
Christian Kemp made his fifth appearance on the mound for the Indians. He would throw four innings against the Bucks and allow four earned runs.
In the top of the first the Bucks Zach Pick reached first on an error and scored on an RBI single by Gage Sutliff. The Indians retired Bucktail’s four and five hitters to leave the Bucks with a runner stranded on third.
The Indians were three up and three down in the bottom half of the inning.
In the second, the Bucks scored four runs with two outs before the Indians managed to get the third out of the inning.
Kade Sottolano got the Indians offense started with a single to left field. Kemp moved Sottolano to third with a double to deep left field.
Owen Fitzwater plated both with another double to left field. Caleb Nunn struck out for the Indians first out of the innings. After an out to centerfield, Devin Gatewood drove in Fitzwater with an RBI single to left.
The Bucks offense continued to produce in the third as another four runs crossed the plate.
The Indians kept the game close with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Kemp, Nunn and Mikey Sipps each recorded an RBI in the third.
Kemp retired the Bucks one, two, three in the fourth.
At the plate the Indians continued to chip away at the Bucks lead, knocking in two more runs in their fourth inning at bat. Cowanesque Valley then trailed by just one, 9-8.
The Bucks earned their 10th run of the competition in the fifth to go two runs.
The Indians responded in the bottom half of the fifth with Tucker St. Peter and Seth Huyler each plating one run. St. Peter hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored Gatewood. Huyler reached base on a single to left that scored Kurtis Easton.
Tied at 10-10, Bucktail sent six batters to the plate but managed just one run.
Cowanesque Valley loaded the bases to start the bottom of the sixth with three straight singles from Nunn, Sipps and Gatewood.
The Bucks walked Easton which scored Huntington who pinch ran for Nunn, the Indians scored Sipps and Gatewood via sacrifice flies. The three runs in the sixth gave the Indians their first lead of the day.
Cowanesque Valley held Bucktail scoreless in the top of the seventh to secure a 13-11 victory. The win was the Indians sixth victory this season.
Following the Bucktail game, the Indians traveled to Williamson where they would pick up their third straight win.
Cowanesque Valley started the afternoon with Owen Fitzwater on the mound. In five and two-thirds innings pitched Fitzwater struck out nine batters and allowed just four hits and two runs.
The Indians faced Williamson’s Brock Sackett when they stepped in the batter’s box. Sackett held Cowanesque Valley to just one run through three innings.
The Indians changed the outlook of the game with a big third inning. Sottolano reached second on a double to left field and was knocked in shortly thereafter when Kemp hit a single to right.
Fitzwater followed Kemp to first, after being plunked by a wild pitch from Sackett.
Two batters later, Sipps connected with a single to right that scored both Kemp and Fitzwater and increased the Indians lead to four.
The Warriors began their at bat in the bottom of the inning with a Gabe Kaufman double to right. Andrew Berkan moved Kaufman to third after grounding out to first. Fitzwater retired the next two batters to end the threat.
With the top of the lineup leading off the fourth for the Indians put up another big inning with four runs crossing home plate. Sottolano knocked in Easton and St. Peter with a sacrifice fly to right field before Fitzwater and Nunn added to the Indians fourth inning gains.
Williamson platted two runs in the fifth for their first scores of the contest.
The Indians thwarted the Warriors attack in the final two innings to secure the 9-2 victory.
Kemp led the Indians at the plate with four hits.
Easton finished the night 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Nunn was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Sipps and Sottomano led the Indians with two RBIs each.
The Warriors were led by Owen Gontarz on offense. Gontarz finished the night 3-for-4.
Dawson Hackett was 1-for-4 and responsible for one RBI.
Gabe Kaufman finished the evening 1-for-3.