DuBOIS — Sayre was unable to overcome a slow start as it was defeated 13-0 in five innings by Coudersport in the District 4-6-9 subregional final at Showers Field Friday morning.
The Redskins, the D-4 runner-up, had a chance to take the early lead in the top of the first when Camden Wheeler and Quinn Hanafin hit back-to-back one out singles.
A fly out to right moved Wheeler to third then Hanafin stole second to put two runners in scoring position with two away, but Coudersport starting pitcher Blake Burgett got out of the jam by forcing a groundout to second for the third out.
In the bottom of the inning, the D-9 runner up Falcons took advantage of a defensive mistake by Sayre to take the early lead.
After Owen Chambers led off with a walk, Kolby VanWhy singled to put two runners on with nobody out.
After Redskins starter Zack Moore forced a fly out to shallow right for the first out of the inning, Eli Ayers drove a single into left field as the ball got by the Sayre right fielder and rolled all the way to the wall allowing both runners to score and Ayers to advance to third.
A sacrifice fly by Jackson Glover followed as Coudersport (17-4) took a 3-0 lead after one inning of.
“I felt that some of the kids weren’t ready to play, maybe that’s on the coaches or the long bus ride at 5 a.m.,” Sayre head coach Jamie VanDuzer said. “That’s not an excuse, but it definitely had an effect I could tell some of them weren’t ready the first couple innings.”
Sayre (12-9) had another chance to get on the board in the second, as Nic Ficarro led off by drawing a four-pitch walk before Jake Burgess singled up the middle with one away.
David Northrup followed by grounding out to second to move the runners up, but Burgett once again got out of the jam by striking out Moore looking.
The Falcons broke the game open in the bottom half with seven runs to push their lead to double digits.
After Hunter Redmond led off with a double, Moore retired Coudersport leadoff batter Chambers on a fly out into foul territory at first.
The next eight Falcons batters all reached base with one out on five hits, two walks and an error.
VanWhy had an RBI double while Ayers and AJ Redmond both drove in runs with singles and Jacob Pitcher added a 2-RBI single.
The final run of the frame scored on a Chambers sacrifice fly to right as the Redskins doubled off Burgett at second after he left the bag before the catch was made.
Sayre finished the game with eight hits as Brayden Horton led the way with a 2-for-3 day at the plate, but the Redskins were never able to push a run across as they stranded nine runners on base in the loss.
Coudersport capitalized on another error in the bottom of the fourth to add three runs, two of which were unearned, two its lead.
Horton and James Esposito kept the game alive temporarily in the top of the fifth with a pair of two-out singles before the game ended on a strikeout to the following batter.
With just three seniors on the roster this season, the Redskins will return most of their starting lineup next year.
“I’m proud of the way the kids played up until this point, today was non characteristic of the way we’ve played the last week or two,” VanDuzer said. “We got a handful of freshmen and a lot of sophomores coming back so I’m excited for the future but it’s tough going off like this.”