HORNELL — Waverly scored first in its District 6 Little League Majors contest at Hornell Tuesday, but a pair of big innings for Hornell sent the local squad to defeat.
Waverly was up 3-1 after the top of the second inning, but Hornell plated six runs in the bottom of that inning and added five more runs in the fourth to end the game early.
In the top of the first, Ben Shaw drew a walk and scored on an error off the bat of Lincoln Sharpeteen.
Looking at a tie game after Hornell scored in the bottom of the first, Carter Davies opened the second with a single. Davies was erased on a fielder’s choice that left Peyton Robinson on first. Jerry Carnrike reached on an error that moved Robinson along, and Kohen Hugo came through with an RBI single. Carnrike later scored on a wild pitch.
After Hornell’s first big inning, Sharpsteen got Waverly going in the third with a double and eventually scored on an RBI ground out by Davies.
After that, though, Hornell plated the next seven runs to get the win.
Shaw and Sharpsteen led Waverly with a double and a run each. Peyton Robinson had a single and a run; Davies and Hugo each had a single and an RBI; and Carnrike scored a run.
Davies started on the mound for Waverly and allowed three walks and five unearned runs. He fanned three in 1 1/3 innings. Hugo went 1 2/3 innings and gave up seven hits, two walks and seven runs with six earned. He struck out three. Bryce LaForrest got the final out but allowed two walks, a hit an an earned run.
Waverly’s next game will be Friday in the District 6 playoffs against an opponent yet to be determined.