North Penn-Mansfield led 8-4, but despite the score, it wasn’t the end of the game, not by a long shot. A wild first inning in the rivalry matchup between the Tigers and Hornets included more scoring than some games have in their entirety.
The visiting Hornets struck first with four runs in their first at bats. North Penn-Mansfield answered quickly with an incredible eight runs in the bottom half of the inning. The softball game the field behind the baseball field was already entering the fourth before the Tigers and Hornets were even out of the first.
Tyler Fletcher had started on the mound for Wellsboro but after giving up seven runs was pulled and Zack Rowland came on in relief. Rowland would hold the Tigers to three runs in six and one-third innings work from the bump. He was responsible for six strikeouts and just two walks for Wellsboro.
Wellsboro went to work at the plate in the top of the second and put another six runs on the board to take the lead once more. With Rowland pitching North Penn-Mansfield failed to score in their at bats in the second inning.
The Hornets added a run in each of the next three innings to put 13 runs on the board before the end of the fifth inning. North Penn-Mansfield’s only answer had come in the bottom of the third where they put two runs across.
Wellsboro tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the seventh to seal a 16-10 victory.
After the game coach Matt Perry said, “Focus has been a word that the coaches and I have been stressing the entire season. The team realizes there are seven innings and we have to play them all.”
Perry continued, “We can’t afford to have a bad inning like the first against Mansfield. They are well coached and are going to take advantage of our mistakes. The guys have been working hard and seem to always be ready to play in their rivalry game because Mansfield is always ready to complete against us.”
Cam Tennis led the Hornets at the plate with three hits and two RBIs. Wellsboro boasted five players with two hits on the night including Darryn Callahan, Silas Wagaman, Carson Davis, Isaac Keane and Kaedan Mann. In the win, Callahan, Wagaman, and Davis each had two RBIs to match Tennis.
For the Tigers only Brion Smith and Logan Garverick had two hits. Garverick had two RBIs on the night to lead North Penn-Mansfield.
The Hornets followed the comeback victory with a tough loss to Athens Tuesday night. Athens scored three runs in the second and third innings.
Down by five in the fifth Wellsboro began to mount a comeback with three runs in their next at bats. Although Wellsboro scored in each of the final three innings, Athens squelched a potential rally with four runs in the sixth inning to seal an 11-7 victory.
The Hornets return to action Thursday April 17 when they host Towanda. The Black Knights enter the matchup with a 3-4 record. Saturday, April 22, the Hornets host the 1-4 Jersey Shore Bulldogs.