Waterloo’s offense overpowered South Seneca 14–7 when the two schools played on May 4 at Waterloo.

Sophomore Kenyon Russ and junior Nick Twardeski were retired in their first plate appearances in the game to start the game for the Falcons. However, senior Spencer John singled and freshman Ben Jessop was hit by a pitch from Waterloo senior starting pitcher Derek Slywka to put runners on first and second with two outs. Slywaka would escape the jam, though, after getting sophomore Ira Aman to strike out swinging to end the inning.

Waterloo batted around in the bottom of the first inning, scoring four runs to lead 4–0. Senior Matt Barron walked to lead off the inning, and senior Ethan Hunt singled thereafter. Both runners would steal a base, setting up runners on second and third with no outs for Waterloo.

South Seneca sophomore starting pitcher Lukas Day retired the next batter on a fly out to right field. Barron did not attempt to tag up and score on the play, so the runners stayed put.

Next up was junior Kyle Sessler, who hit a short fly ball – which was more like a pop fly than a fly ball – to shallow center. John, who was playing shortstop to start the contest, caught the pop fly and Barron took off for home and scored to put Waterloo up 1–0. Sophomore Brian Oddi was next up, and he hit a single to drive in Hunt to increase Waterloo’s lead to 2–0. Waterloo picked up its other two runs in the frame from a pair of errors from John.

Slywaka retired the Falcons one-two-three in the top half of the second. Waterloo’s offense went back to work in the bottom half and would extended its lead by a run in the inning.

Hunt reached on an error at third by Jessop to start the inning, stole a base and scored on a base hit by Slywaka to lengthen Waterloo’s lead to 5–0.

Next up was Sessler, who roped a triple to left field that would have scored Slywaka from first base. However, excellent relay throws from Russ to John to Twardeski nabbed Slywaka at the plate.

Oddi was hit by a pitch thereafter as Waterloo had runners on the corners with one out, but a smoothly turned five-four-three double play by South Seneca halted any further threat from their opponent.

The Falcons had runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the third, but Jessop struck out swinging as Slywaka was able to preserve the shut out at that point. Waterloo augmented its lead to 6–0 in the bottom half of the third with a run-scoring two-bagger from Barron.

Slywaka retired the side in order in the top of the fourth as Waterloo’s offense entered the bottom half facing a new pitcher. Aman took the mound in relief of Day, who surrendered six runs (four earned) on five hits, three walks, two hit batsmen and no strike outs.

Aman struggled on the mound as well in what would be his only inning of work. With two runners on and no outs, Oddi and junior Steven DeWall hit back-to-back run-scoring doubles. Senior Marshall King drove in a run in the inning with a sacrifice fly, and junior Jared Hendrix drove in another with a base hit as Waterloo led 10–0 after four innings of play.

South Seneca responded in the top of the fifth with the team’s first three runs of the game, highlighted by a run-scoring double by John, as the team trailed 10–3.

Waterloo answered back with three runs of its own, though, to extend its lead to 10 runs again. Slywaka reached first on another infield hit and then stole second. Sessler reached first on an error, which advanced Slywaka to third. Oddi grounded out to third, but Slywaka was able to score on the play as Waterloo led 11–3.

Next up was DeWall, who hit a single off of Jessop, who came in for relief at the start of the inning, to drive in another run to make it 12–3. A wild pick-off throw to first base from Jessop allowed DeWall to advance all the way to third. DeWall then scored during an at-bat by Bruno, who reached on an error.

South Seneca was retired in order in the top of the sixth. Waterloo once more in the bottom half when Barron scored all the way from second after hitting a double to start the inning.

The Falcons attempted to rally from 11 runs down in top of the seventh. With on out in the inning, Lucus worked a walk and Twardeski singled, advancing Lucus to second. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch during John’s plate appearance.

John singled in his at-bat, scoring Lucus and Twardeski to lower Waterloo’s lead to 14–5. John stole second and third before scoring on an infield hit by Jessop. Jessop swiped second and third before scoring on an error during junior Zack Kelley’s plate appearance, as the Flacons trailed by seven runs.

Kelley would eventually walk and steal second as South Seneca looked to keep the rally moving with Day coming up to bat. However, Day would fly out to left field and sophomore Baeden Cupp would ground out to the pitcher to end the game.

John went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, two stolen bases, a run scored and three runs batted in. Twardeski went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. Jessop went 1-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch, two stolen bases and a RBI.

Slywaka pitched three and two-thirds scoreless innings while giving up just two hits, walking one and hitting one batter and striking out five. At the dish, he went 3-for-5 with a stolen base, an RBI and two runs scored. Barron went 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored. Oddi went 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base, a hit-by-pitch, two runs scored and three RBI. DeWall went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. Hunt went 1-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored.

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Sports Editor

Andrew is the sports editor as well as a news reporter for the Ithaca Times/Finger Lakes Community Newspapers. He also enjoys writing personal essays in his spare time.

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