Athens' early lead sparks win over Elkland

Athens’ Matthias Welles deals to the plate against Sullivan County Friday night.

ELKLAND — Already up 1-0 after scoring in the bottom of the first inning, Athens erupted for six second-inning runs on the way to a 10-0 whitewash win over Elkland in a 9-11 District 15 All-Star game Sunday afternoon.

In the end, the first-inning run would have been sufficient as pitchers Matthias Welles, Charan Venkataswamy and Cooper Robinson combined on a no-hitter for Athens.

With one down, Alex Arcesi drew a walk and Jacob Shores was plunked by a pitch. Arcesi scored on an RBI double by James Friend. Cooper Robinson added an RBI single. After Friend stole home for a 4-0 lead, Athens’ Karson Sipley kick-started the inning with a base hit. Sipley and Robinson executed a double steal with Robinson scoring, and then Sipley scored on an RBI base hit by Welles. After an out, Cylus Lantz came through with an RBI double. Athens reloaded the bases, but Elkland escaped any further damage.

Athens then tallied three more times in the third and shut Elkland down in the top of the fourth inning to end the game early.

Welles pitched the first inning and racked up four strikeouts after one batter reached first on a dropped third strike. Venkataswamy walked three batters and fanned four in two innings. Robinson saw three batters and struck out all three.

Robinson led Athens at the plate both figuratively and literally. The lead-off batter, Robinson had a single and a double with two RBIs and three runs scored.Welles also had a single and a double with one run and one RBI. Friend finished with his double, one RBI and two runs; Sipley had a single, a run and one RBI; Lantz ended the day with his double and an RBI; and Arcesi scored a run.

Athens will next play at 4 p.m. at Tunkhannock on Sunday, July 7.

Friday

Athens 13, Sullivan County 1

ATHENS – The 9-11 All-Stars from Athens didn’t have a ton of hits but the hits they had were loud as the local side rolled to a 13-1 win over Sullivan County on the first day of District 15 pool play.

Athens sent 12 men to the plate and eight of those scored. The onslaught began with an error that allowed Cooper Robinson to reach base. Karson Sipley got on via walk as Robinson stole both second and third. Matthias Welles then unloaded on a pitch for a two-run triple to left. Charan Venkataswamy followed with an RBI double to right and went to third on the throw. By now, Athens was rolling. Cylus Lantz sent Venkataswamy home with a single and scored on an RBI single by Kade Rowe, who advanced to second on an error. After stealing third, Rowe scored and Alex Arcesi reached base on a dropped third strike. After a pair of outs, Robinson delivered an RBI single and went to second on a wild pitch. Sipley completed the scoring for the inning with an RBI triple to center.

Athens used seven walks, an error and a Nick Robbins single to add five more runs in the second and finished off the win in 3 ½ innings.

In all, seven different players had hits for Athens. Welles, with three, and Robinson, with two, led the team in RBIs. Sipley, Robbins, Venkataswamy, Lantz and Rowe had one RBI each. In all, 10 different Athens players scored. Robinson, Venkataswamy and Arcesi led the way with two runs each. Wyatt Clink, Welles, Lantz, Rowe, Jacob Shores and Abraham Stienfelt scored once each.

Welles started on the mound for Athens allowing a walk and striking out three in one efficient inning of work. Venkataswamy gave up a hit and a walk with four strikeouts in two innings on the hill and in the fourth inning Rowe gave up a hit and a run with two strikeouts.

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