TOLSIA BASEBALL COMES FROM BEHIND FOR FIRST VICTORY OVER WAYNE SINCE 1993
Fort Gay, W. Va. — Tolsia ( 3-12 ) scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to come from behind to beat Wayne for the first time in 26 years 9-7 on Thursday night.
It was the first win for Tolsia in the series of bitter Wayne County rivals since 1993 when yours truly was playing third base for the Rebels.
Tolsia started out strong in the bottom half of the first with a four spot that was highlighted by a Carson Stuart 2 RBI single with the bases loaded.
The Pioneers scored 2 runs in the fifth and 5 runs in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead.
Rebel starting pitcher Austin Bailey was fantastic on the mound in his five innings of work allowing only 2 runs.
Ross Lycan pitched the sixth and seventh innings to pick up the win.
Tolsia was led offensively by Carson Stuart with 2 hits and 2 RBIs, Eric Williams doubled twice, John Wilson 2 hits and 1 run, Caleb Meredith 1 hit, 1 run and 1 RBI, Nick Blackburn 1 run and 1 RBI, Austin Bailey 1 hit and 1 run, Billy Perry and Cole Perry scored 1 run each.
Tolsia will return to action tonight at Home vs East Carter
Tolsia Head Coach Jeff Wallace
“… It’s an awesome feeling, we played them early in the year and let one slip away. We jumped out on them again and they stormed back to take the lead. I talked to them going into the bottom of the sixth and asked them if you want it to happen again and they responded in a big way. We have let some games slip away late in games and this one we closed it out. So proud of our guys for not giving up and getting this win”
“… Our kids are on cloud nine right now. The seniors took a couple of pounding a couple years ago and these seniors deserve it. Hopefully we can turn the corner now. This win feels really good. I coached at Wayne for 14 years and I know what kind of program they have.”
Tolsia Senior Eric Williams
SENIOR PLAYER’S COMMENTS
“… I’m so happy to get one in the books against Wayne it’s been a very long time. They beat us up pretty good when we were younger. I think our team is starting to buy in to what Coach Wallace is saying and it is paying off. We are taking a better approach at the plate. Trying to go to right field and taking a two strike approach a lot.”