SEWARD--Uncharacteristically, York committed 16 errors in two games and saw its chance to advance to the Class B State Tournament in Schuyler go by the wayside.
The York Seniors were sent packing for the season on Sunday when Wahoo pasted an 11-2 loss on the Cornerstone backs. As a result of the victory, Wahoo advances to play Seward, a 14-0 loser to Dwight-Valparaiso later Sunday afternoon, and York's season ends.
The Cornerstone Seniors got on the board first with a run in the home half of the second inning. Ryan Salsman opened with a walk, advanced 90 feet when Drake Suddarth walked and took third base when Grant Conroy walked to load the sacks. Chauncey Miller wore one on the left arm to allow Salsman to score.
The first two errors of a game total of six miscues paved the way for Wahoo to score two unearned runs in the third inning. Wahoo added two earned runs on three hits in the fifth and another unearned run in the top half of the sixth to take a 5-1 lead over York.
With any degree of luck, York starting and losing pitcher Zach Taylor could have been locked in a one-run battle with his counterpart. However, four errors and quiet bats from every starter except for Chauncy Miller had Taylor looking at a 4-1 deficit when York coach Nick Wiehn pulled him in favor of Kirk Buetow.
York cut the gap to 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Salsman got aboard for the third straight time (two walks in his first two at bats) when the Wahoo shortstop couldn't find the handle on his roller. Ryan Fester, batting for Jake Spanjers, singled up the middle sending Salsman to second. Next up was Nate Brackhan, a pinch hitter for Drake Suddarth. Brackhan laced an RBI single to left field and Salsman came scurrying home still with nobody down.
Grant Conroy grounded to third and both Fester and Brackhan were put in scoring position as the York faithful and bench finally had a good reason to cheer. Silence came four pitches later when a soft infield grounder was fielded by the pitcher who turned it into a twin killing. First, he nailed Fester in a rundown between third and home and turned and fired back to second to nail Brackhan as he slid back into the bag. In short, the York season came to an end on that rally killer.
Three Wahoo hits, a York error and four hit batsmen allowed the victors to add a six spot in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.
Wahoo 002 021 6 11 8 1
York 010 001 0 2 3 6
Posted on Sun, July 25, 2010
by Jack Vincent