Amateur baseball: Wilmont spoils Cubs' hope of revenge
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Cubs only play their arch-rivals from Wilmont twice in the regular season. And since the Cardinals overcame a 4-2 deficit in the ninth inning to beat the Cubs 5-4 in their first matchup earlier this year, the focus for Friday night's rematch was sharp.
But revenge was not to be. Visiting Wilmont defeated Worthington 9-6 in a game cut short by darkness in the top of the ninth inning.
An eight-run third inning was all Wilmont needed.
"There are a lot of Worthington guys who play with them. We played 'em growing up," said Cubs player-coach Josh Wasmund. "But they have a good team, and that one inning proved to be enough."
Wilmont collected five hits and five walks in the third off Cubs starter Ethan Duffy, highlighted by a Joe Krivarchka RBI-triple, a two-run double by Ryan Swanson and a three-run triple by Jay Scheidt.
Scheidt, Krivarchka, Lucas Henning and Tanner Loosbrock all had two hits for the victorious Cardinals, who out-hit Worthington 13-9.
Joey Kinley, Adam Munkel, Tommy Hayenga and Wasmund all had two hits for Worthington, with Hayenga driving in three runs.
Wilmont starting pitcher Ryan Swanson pitched three and two-thirds innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits and two strikeouts. Stuart Rogers was the winning pitcher, going three and one-third allowing one earned run on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Henning pitched the final inning to get a save.
Duffy went the distance for Worthington, walking 10 and striking out six.
Wilmont had scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning when the game was called.
With the loss, Worthington fell to 1-9 overall and 1-4 in league play. Wilmont is 8-2 overall and 3-2 in league action.
Wasmund admitted the loss was tough to bear, but he praised Duffy's resiliency. "For Ethan to give up those eight runs in the third inning and to give up just one more the rest of the way was exceptional," he said.
The Cubs' next game is Sunday at home against Fairmont in a 2 p.m. start.
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Wil 008 001 00 -- 9 13 1
Wor 022 101 00 -- 6 9 0