The way Monday’s high school baseball contest unfolded at Babcock Park, you would think that Wayland–Cohocton would roll over rival Dansville, but the Mustangs came right back and made it a game before an eight-run eruption in the top of the sixth turned the game for the Eagles.

The way Monday’s high school baseball contest unfolded at Babcock Park, you would think that Wayland–Cohocton would roll over rival Dansville, but the Mustangs came right back and made it a game before an eight-run eruption in the top of the sixth turned the game for the Eagles.


Where Wayland–Cohocton’s bats left off, Dansville’s defense would open the gate as seven errors led to a dozen of the runs being unearned in Way–Co’s 16-7 victory.


The first two at-bats for Wayland–Cohocton led to a 7-0 Way–Co lead, although all of the runs were unearned. In the opening frame, Tim Weidman and Tyler Thielges each singled. Dansville’s defense nailed one runner giving Mustang starter Pat McMullin thoughts of wiggling out of it. An outfield error allowed one run to cross the plate. In the second, a one-out throwing error opened the door for six more unearned runs as Zach Nobles and Jordan Wheaton each singled home two and Quint Baird doubled home another.


It was here that the homestanding Mustangs began to fight back.


Dansville scored four times to get right back into the game. Mitch Lamerson stroked a one-out single before a pair of walks loaded the bases. Brad McKinney walked and Doug Gridley was hit by a pitch — both forcing in runs. Steven MacDonald’s infield ground scored another. Then Tim Rauber singled home one more. When a second runner attempted to score as well, Thielges came up with a perfect throw to the plate where sophomore backstop Tyler Brown applied the tag for the final out of the inning in a close play at the plate.


Way–Co got one back in the top of the fourth when Nobles walked and went to second on an error after Dansville had the runner picked-off and let him out. Wheaton made the Mustangs pay with an RBI single.


Dansville bounced back to make it 8-6 when Kyle Lewis scored on an Eagles error.


The pitching had taken over after a scoreless fifth, but Wayland–Cohocton erupted for eight runs in the top of the sixth with a couple of walks and a pair of errors, allowing the flood-gates to open. Wheaton and Brown each stroked two-run doubles. Joey Meyer and Baird also singled home runs as well as the Eagles flapped their wings to the tune of 16-6. Dansville plated the final tally of the test in the seventh when Jason Boots-Lovetro and McMullin each singled and Gridley’s infield bouncer made the final score 16-7.


“That was a nice way to start a pair of five-game weeks, that’s for sure,” Eagles Coach Steve Wager said. “While we were down south we found a couple more people who could give us a few innings here or there which will help ease the pain slightly.”


Way–Co (4-0)




Pitching Quint Baird 2 innings, 4 earned runs, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, 3 walks. Evan Englert (W) 2 innings, 1 unearned run, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 1 walk. Ryan Gibbs, 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk. Tim Weidman 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, 1 walk.

Hitting Tim Weidman 2-5, 1 run, 1 RBI. Tyler Thielges 1-4, 3 runs, 1 steal. Zach Nobles 2-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 runs. Jordan Wheaton 4-6, 1 double , 2 runs, 5 RBIs. Quint Baird 3-4, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 1 run. Evan Englert 1 run. Alex Austin 1 run. Ryan Gibbs 1-3, 1 run, 1 steal. Joey Meyer 1-1, 1 run, 1 RBI. Tyler Brown 2-5, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs.

Dansville (1-5)




Pitching Pat McMullin (L) 5-1/3 innings, 9 unearned runs, 9 hits, 2 strikeouts, 7 walks. Steve MacDonald 1-2/3 innings, 7 runs (4 earned), 6 hits, 2 walks. Brad Wood 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 walks.

Hitting Steven MacDonald 1 RBI. Tim Rauber 1-4, 1 RBI. Kyle Lewis 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 run. Mitch Lamerson 1-3, 1 run. Andy Kershner 1-3, 1 run. Jason Boots-Lovetro 1-1, 1 run. Pat McMullin 1-2, 1 run. Doug Gridley 2 RBIs, 1 sacrifice. Brad McKinney 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 run.