SIDNEY — Tyler Wynkoop struck out 10, scattered three hits, walked four and went 1-4 at the plate and scored two runs in the opening game of a twin bill Saturday at Sidney to help lead the Wayne varsity baseball team to 3-2 victory to open to the 2017 season.
Wynkoop exceeded his allotted pitch count by throwing more than 110 pitches, but Head Coach Joe Yount left him on the mound when Wynkoop said his arm felt good. His pitching effort and two runs scored gave the Warriors a good start to the season.
“Our defense played well with no errors and made some nice plays and Wynkoop was very smooth on the mound,” Yount said. “We never dreamed he would pitch seven innings today, but he was so smooth we let him pitch seven and he did not want to come out of the game. We are happy we left him in there.”
Wynkoop led off the top of the first inning with a single and scored the Warriors’ first run on a double by Dylan Donchez. In the top of the 5th inning Kevin Baugh reached base on a fielding error by Sidney’s third baseman. Baugh stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Wynkoop drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a passed ball. Another error by Sidney’s third baseman allowed Baugh and Wynkoop to both score.
Sidney generated both of its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Dillon King drew a walk, Cole Hofmann singled and Conor Beer belted a double to score both runners.
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The second game turned out to be what Cincinnati Reds’ radio personality Marty Brennaman often refers to as a “titanic struggle.” The game went into extra innings before Sidney escaped with a 4-3 victory in the bottom of the 9th inning.
After Wayne went down in order in the top of the 1st inning the Yellow Jackets took a 1-0 lead in the home half of the inning. Dillon King drew a walk, stole second and third and scored on a single by Conor Beer to give Sidney an early lead.
Wayne tied the game in the top of the third inning. Cole Kehl drew a one out walk and stole second. Jacob Duncan belted a two out double to right field to score Kehl to make it a 1-1 ball game.
The Yellow Jackets regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kaden Walker hit a single through the middle and then stole second. Cole Smith hit a bloop single to right to advance Walker to third. Pitcher Tyler Everett struck out the next two Sidney hitters but Cole Hofmann singled to left center to drive-in Walker and Smith to give the Yellow Jackets a 3-1 lead.
Wayne rallied with two runs in the top of the 6th to tie the game 3-3. Everett drew a one out walk and James Ganion came in to pinch run. Ganion advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Jake Jacobs who advanced to second on the throw to the plate. Jacob Reedy followed with a single to score Jacobs from second.
Wayne came up with a big defensive play in the bottom of the 6th to prevent Sidney from taking the lead. Corbin Smith reached first base on an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch and tried to score from second on a single to right field. James Ganion scooped up the ball and fired the ball to the plate where Dylan Borns tagged Smith out to end the inning.
Wayne had an opportunity to take the lead in the top of the 7th by loading the bases with only one out. Lead-off hitter Layne Riley got hit by a pitch, Borns drew a walk and after a pop-up out, Ganion was intentionally walked to load the bases. Nick Miller popped out to first and Jacobs hit a fly out to center to end the Warriors’ scoring threat.
Wayne came up with another big defensive play in the bottom of the 7th. Dillon King hit a two out single to left and advanced to third on a fielding error. King broke for home on a suicide squeeze and got caught in a rundown where relief pitcher Jacob Duncan tagged him out to end the inning.
Sidney secured the victory in the bottom of the 9th inning. Caleb Harris drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Cole Smith drew a one out walk and Austin McLain singled through short to load the bases. Dillon King then belted a single to right to score Harris to give Sidney a 4-3 victory.
Starting pitcher Tyler Everett pitched 5 and 2/3 innings, surrendered 6 hits, issued 2 walks and struck out 5. Relief pitcher Jacob Duncan worked 3 and 1/3 innings, gave up 4 hits, walked 2 and struck out 1.
Wayne had plenty of opportunities to score more runs but left 10 runners stranded in game two.
“We have preached and preached about the importance of the little things,” Yount said. “You try to tell the kids this game has been played since the 1860s and it’s the same game. You just have to keep working hard and do the little things right and you will be successful. Hopefully by not doing the little things correctly today, which cost us; maybe they will start taking it more seriously.”
The Warriors will host Carroll on Monday, play at Greenville on Tuesday and then return home to face Piqua on Thursday. All of those games start at 5 p.m. Saturday the Warriors travel to Bellefontaine for a 1 p.m. game, host Centerville on Monday and face the Elks at Centerville on Tuesday. Both games are at 5 p.m. Friday the Warriors play Miamisburg at 5 p.m. and face Chaminade-Julienne on Saturday at noon at Howell Field.
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