KIRKWOOD — The Susquehanna Valley Sabers defeated the Waverly Wolverines behind Josh Rudock’s three-hitter and a stellar offense 11-1 in a Section IV Class B semifinal game in front of an energetic home crowd that was really into the game at SV High School. Rudock pitched a complete game and was the winner while starting pitcher Ethan Stotler took the loss for the Wolverines.
SV scored eight runs in the bottom of the first when Logan Haskell singled and stole second base and Dan Matthews doubled in a run which made it 1-0. Zach Taro walked and Adam Srednicki singled to load the bases. Devin Hamm’s double cleared the bases and made it 4-0. Edwin Lavin walked, and then Rudock and Alex Newasser each singled in a run. Newgasser then stole second base and Haskell doubled in two runs to make it 8-0. Waverly changed pitchers and brought in Colby Sindoni to end the inning.
Waverly scored its only run in the top of the fourth when Montana Davis was hit by a pitch, Stotler reached base on a force-out, and Caden Hollywood doubled in a run to make it 8-1. Cole Jenner grounded out to the pitcher who threw out Hollywood at second base who was leaning towards running to third base. Ethan Lloyd then grounded out to end the inning.
SV scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth when Haskell homered to left field, Matthews singled, and Taro homered to center field.
The game went on longer than anticipated due to the umpires had forgotten about the 10-run mercy rule. When they were reminded about the rule the game ended after they played six full innings.
Waverly Coach Kyle McDuffee pointed out thaqt it was hard for his team to fight back after being down 8-0 after the first inning especially during a semifinal game. He said that SV is a good hitting team and they were able to hit the ball well because they took advantage of the speed of Stotler’s pitches.
The coach was happy with the way his team hustled and said it was a good experience for a couple of his junior-high players. He also said his team worked hard and they belong.