WAHOO – After Saturday started off in nightmare fashion for the York Cornerstone Seniors baseball team, head coach Justin Rodrigues felt a lot better on the ride home on Sunday despite a 0-3 weekend after the team battled tough in its final two games at the Wahoo State Bank Tournament held at Sam Crawford Field.
In the opener, Wahoo State Bank took an 11-0 lead after three innings and went on to a 15-1 win.
York had a great start to Game Two, as it scored five times in the first against Kearney, but dropped a 13-5 decision.
York was back at it on Sunday against one of the top teams in the state as it battled Mount Michael. York came to play as it held a 5-1 lead through four innings before Mount Michael plated seven in the fifth on its way to a 9-5 win.
“The first day I was extremely disappointed with our lack of focus and effort, and that was on me as a coach. I have to do a better job getting the kids ready to play,” York Seniors’ head coach Justin Rodrigues said. “I feel like we bounced back and played really well against one of the top teams in the state, Mount Michael, on Sunday.”
Mount Michael 9, York 5 (Sunday)
York starter Mason Wright had the Cornerstone Seniors on top 5-1 as he held the Mount Michael bats to just two hits through the first four innings of action.
York took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as AJ Beins was hit by a pitch and Keelan Osentowski reached on a walk.
Two passed balls moved them into scoring position and York went on top 2-0 when both players eventually scored.
A single run in the third off a Beins RBI single and two more in the fourth had the Cornerstone Seniors on top 5-1.
Mount Michael, which finished with eight hits, had five in the fifth inning including a home run by Nick Ackers.
York was unable to bounce back from the seven-run fifth as only Cameron Bethune had a hit over the final two frames.
Wahoo 15, York 1 (Saturday)
Wahoo scored three times in the first and plated six more in the second as it jumped to the early lead.
The Cornerstone defense had its problems, committing four errors in the first three innings as Wahoo took an 11-0 lead.
York avoided the shutout as Wyatt Cast laced a two-out double in the fourth and scored on an RBI single by Keegan Lyons to score the only run of the game by the York crew.
John Esser started for the Seniors on the mound, and he gave way to Beau Woods in the third.
York finished the game with six hits while the hosts had nine.
Kearney 13, York 5 (Saturday)
York came out strong in the first inning against Kearney as Dana Hobbs and Braydn Heiss reached on walks, and Andrew Clark got aboard on a fielder’s choice.
York scored five times in the first and didn’t record a hit.
Kearney answered with one in the first and five in the second as it took a 6-5 lead and never looked back.
Kearney added four in the third and three in the fourth as the game ended after four innings, 13-5.
Beins, Lyons and Bethune recorded the only hits for York.
“Overall on the weekend, even though we were not successful on the scoreboard, it was great for our program to play some high-level competition. That’s only going to make us better,” Rodrigues said, “and at the end of the day I was proud of the kids playing extremely short-handed with over six players missing for each game. All three games we played with only 9-10 players.”
York (2-3) will host Fairbury tonight in an 8 p.m. start at Levitt Stadium.