WEST ALEXANDRIA — Twin Valley South’s baseball team let an early five-run lead slip away, but managed to regroup to claim a 9-5 win over visiting Seton Catholic in a weather-related shortened game on Friday, April 6.
South (2-1) scored a pair of runs in the first and added three more in the second.
Seton responded with three in the third, but South’s Buddy Henderson come on in relief to end the Cardinals threat.
The Panthers kept the lead at 5-3 until the top of sixth when Seton score a pair of runs to tie the game.
South added four runs in the bottom of the sixth before the game was called due to deteriorating weather conditions.
Jayden Bassler, who was 1 for 2 with two RBIs and two walks, got the go-ahead RBI walk in the 6th inning. Bassler and Hunter Bennett scored on wild pitches to extend the lead to four.
“We got off to a nice early lead but hats off to Seton Catholic for fighting back and tying it up in the 6th. I was really proud of how our guys responded to that and how we bounced back to re-take the lead,” South co-coach Cory Bassler said. “Buddy did a nice job of coming in and getting us out of a jam in the 3rd, yielding only one run after coming in with the bases loaded. All-in-all, we played pretty well defensively and did a decent job at the plate but we have to get better at not giving free passes, as we walked seven batters in the game.”
Henderson pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and striking out two batters. He also went 2-for-4 on offense.
Ryan Bassler was 2 for 3 with two runs and a walk. Josh Wysong 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Bennett went 2 for 3 with a run, RBI, and walk.
South was scheduled to play on Eaton last Saturday, but the game was canceled due to the weather.
The Panthers were scheduled to play Legacy Christian on Monday, April 9 and Mississinawa Valley on Tuesday. South is set to host Bradford on Wednesday, April 11 and will close out the week at Newton on Thursday.
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