Waitsburg-Prescott sweeps pair from Dayton in baseball

Waitsburg-Prescott’s Devin Acevedo slides into Dayton catcher Logan Hays to score a run in the sixth inning of Saturday’s first game. Waitsburg-Prescott picked up a sweep over the Bulldogs, 4-1 and 8-7.

Waitsburg-Prescott’s Devin Acevedo slides into Dayton catcher Logan Hays to score a run in the sixth inning of Saturday’s first game. Waitsburg-Prescott picked up a sweep over the Bulldogs, 4-1 and 8-7. Photo by Greg Lehman.

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PRESCOTT — After surrendering a three-run lead in the top of the seventh inning, the Waitsburg-Prescott baseball team went to extra innings with revenge on its mind on Saturday.

W-P, who lost to Tri-Cities Prep after allowing three runs in the bottom of the seventh last week, warded off Dayton this time around, 8-7, in the bottom of the ninth. The win helped Waitsburg-Prescott (6-6 overall, 3-2 in Southeast 2B) score a sweep, after W-P beat the Bulldogs, 4-1, in the opener.

“We had that bitter taste last week from Tri-Cities Prep,” W-P coach Dustin Snedigar said. “It was good for us, considering we had given up three runs to let them back in it. We weathered the storm and hung in there.”

With Devin Acevedo standing on second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Pearson stood at the plate with a chance to break the 7-7 tie. As Acevdeo took off toward third, Pearson knocked a single between the shortstop and third baseman, as Acevedo scored easily from second.

W-P finished with 10 hits in the game, as four different players finished with multiple hits.

“We’ve got some guys throughout the lineup that are spreading the ball around,” Snedigar said. “We hit a lot of line drives and we stayed patient. (Dayton pitcher Guy) Spalinger really had us off balance for most of the game. Our kids kept fighting hard. These doubleheaders can really be a long day. They really wanted it.”

In the first game, Waitsburg-Prescott scored four runs in the sixth to collect a 4-1 win.

Dayton pitcher Lowden Smith held W-P in check for the first five innings, but freshman Jacob Dunn’s three-run triple in the sixth swung the game. After Waitsburg-Prescott led off the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back singles and a walk, Dunn broke the game open.

“It happened that quick,” Snedigar said. “(Smith) doesn’t need very many runs to dominate. You give him a few runs and he’s going to get better as the game goes on. It was just one of those games when it was going to come down to a couple hits.”

W-P’s starting pitcher in game one, Larsen, allowed only four hits over his seven innings of work. He finished with just 86 pitches and struck out four.

“He was around the plate all day with his fastball and his curveball,” Snedigar said. “He doesn’t throw a lot of balls. He limited their hitters. Give him credit for battling on the mound. That’s what he does.”

W-P plays Boardman on Tuesday. Dayton travels to face Riverview on Tuesday.

First Game

Dayton 000 100 0 — 1 4 0

W-P 000 004 X — 4 8 3

Smith and Hays. Larsen and Dunn.

HR — none.

Hits — Dayton: Kleck, Loper, Waggoner, Brew. W-P: Larsen, Dozier, Gradwohl (2), Leroue, Dunn (2), Grant.

Second Game

Dayton 100 020 310 — 7 7 1

W-P 100 104 011 — 8 10 2

Spalinger, Warner (6) and Hays. Dunn, Gradwohl (8) and Leroue, Dunn (8).

HR — none.

Hits — Dayton: Warner (3), Spalinger, Smith (2), Loper. W-P: Larsen (2), Dozier, Gradwohl (2), Acevedo, Dunn, Grant (2), Pearson (2).

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