Rebels' late rally holds off Wildcats
TOWNSHEND- Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe has been citing progress in the Wildcats’ varsity baseball team over the past two weeks. While the team has improved, it is still in search of that elusive second win of the season. On Monday, Twin Valley dropped a close game to Leland & Gray, 10-6.
“We are making strides in the right direction and we will look to continue to improve,” Monroe said after the game. The Rebels made short work of the Wildcats in their first meeting two weeks ago, jumping out to an early lead and cruising to a 20-6 win. This time, the score was tighter and the game was in doubt into the late innings.
Leland & Gray jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Twin Valley starter Joey Rafus bounced back with a strong second inning, setting down the Rebels in order. The Wildcats threatened in the top of the third. Logan Park singled and stole second. Rafus walked, but the rally ended there as both runners were stranded. The Rebels added two more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-0 lead.
The Twin Valley offense woke up in the top of the fourth, scoring twice to cut the lead in half. But the Rebels countered with four runs in the bottom of the frame to build the lead to 8-2. Twin Valley added a run in the fifth and sixth, then rallied for two more in the top of the seventh, but it was not enough to knot the game. Leland & Gray added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
For the Wildcats, Tyson Longe went 3-3 and scored a run. Park went 2-3 with a run batted in and a run scored. Dylan Dupuis went 2-4 with an RBI and he scored once.
The Rebels improved to 10-4 with the win. That record is good for fifth place in the statewide division 3 standings. They close out their regular season Friday at Green Mountain.
Twin Valley dropped to 1-12 and is ranked 13th in the poll. Twin Valley plays its final game of the season at Baker Field in Wilmington Friday afternoon. Seniors on the team will be recognized for their achievements. Game time is at 4:30 pm.
Black River 15, TV 12
WILMINGTON- Twin Valley dropped a thrilling game to Black River Wednesday, May 16. Both teams opened strong, each scoring five runs in their half of the first inning. Twin Valley led 12-7 after the third inning. Black River knotted the score at 12 in the top of the fourth, then put the game away with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh.
“We played really well,” said Twin Valley coach Brian Monroe. “Our players backed each other up great. The effort and communication were there and they are starting to put the pieces together.”
Hayden Reed was 2-4 at the plate and scored three times. Logan Park went 1-4 with two runs scored.
Twin Valley had to forfeit Friday’s game with Mount Saint Joseph for lack of players.