Following an 18-7 loss to Smethport Tuesday night, the Galeton Tigers baseball team hosted Williamson in a double header Wednesday, April 10.
In game one, Trey Kalacinski started on the mound for Galeton and pitched the full five inning game. Kalacinski allowed four runs on eight hits in a 4-0 loss.
Opposing pitcher Brock Sackett controlled the game for the Warriors allowing just two hits in five innings. Sackett shut down Galeton from the mound, retiring nine batters in the Warriors win.
At the plate the Warriors recorded eight hits. Zack Carr and Andrew Berkan each went two-for-three with an RBI to lead the team. Sackett and Dawson Hackett accounted for the other two RBIs.
In the second game of the night the Warriors again started with Sackett on the mound. After facing Sackett for five innings in game one the Tigers were prepared come game two. Galeton limited Sacket to just two and one-third innings on the mound earning four runs on six hits against the Williamson pitcher.
Deandre Cox came on in relief in the third after Galeton scored two runs to start the inning. With the bases loaded, Cox walked three straight batters to allow the Tigers to pull ahead 7-0.
Zack Carr came on to finish the inning and proved to be the Tigers kryptonite for the rest of the game allowing just two hits and one run with three strikeouts in two and two-thirds innings work from the mound.
After being held scoreless through the first two innings Williamson erupted in the third with four runs to narrow the Tiger’s lead to three, 7-4.
Galeton added their one run against Williamson’s Carr in the fourth inning. The Warriors answered in their at-bats with two runs of their own to pull within two.
Carr held Galeton scoreless in the fifth which gave the Warriors an opportunity to steal the win in their at-bats in the bottom half of the inning. With three runs in their final at-bats Williamson took the second game of the double header, 9-8.
Despite recording their fourth loss of the season Galeton was much stronger at the plate in the second half of the double header. Hunter Crowell led Galeton at the plate going two-for-three with an RBI and a run scored.
Tre Slawson went two-for-four at the plate.
Kalacinski knocked in a run in a one-for-three second game.
Brandon Ruef, Foster Kosa, Seth Succowich and Noah Shutt each had an RBI in the loss.
For Williamson Sackett was responsible for two hits and an RBI in the win.
Hackett also had an RBI and a hit for the Warriors.
Jesse Stewart led the Warriors with two RBIs in the second game.
After the game head coach Chris Kalacinski said, “I made a few changes to our batting order between games that proved to make a huge difference offensively. Both pitchers played extremely well. In the first game we couldn’t string together hits and the second game our defense had six errors. The second game we got outplayed the last two innings. Hats off to Williamson for fighting back and taking the win, they had players make the big plays when they needed them.”
Kalacinski added, “Going forward, I think our players have learned that no lead is safe and you have to give it 100 percent until the end. You win as a team, you lose as a team.”