Caden Allen struck out four in relief for Bolivar-Richburg. File photo by Char Stone
Story by CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor, Wellsvillesports.com
Bolivar-Richburg 9, Coudersport 2
BOLIVAR — One of the big components to Bolivar-Richburg’s success to start their season — energy, especially coming right out of the gate.
On Wednesday, they brought it full force once again with a 5-0 lead they built through the first two innings of play, creating a lead that they ultimately never looked back on against visiting Coudersport, as they went on to secure a big 9-2 win on their home field to move towards a 3-0 start.
“We came out with a lot of energy,” said Wolverines coach Dustin Allen. “We had some big plays in the field to shut them down, and we had some key hits at the right time. Our pitchers did a nice job throwing strikes for us tonight against a solid and well-coached Coudersport team.”
In the first inning, the Wolverines (3-0) wasted no time shelling out some damage on offense with Trey Buchholz leading the way with a lead-off triple to the deep outfield. The team would soon earn their reward for the big start, with Wyatt Karnuth batting Buchholz in off his fielder’s choice. Later on, Reiss Gaines would provide another RBI, garnering his off a single into the outfield and scoring Cam MacDonell.
The lead grew to five in the next inning with help from Karnuth once more, who posted an RBI double to lead the offense’s next stint at the plate. After Coudersport began to find their rhythm in the middle innings against the Wolverines, they would cut their deficit down to three after a run in the fourth and sixth.
But in what was ultimately Bolivar-Richburg’s final at-bats of the day, they would put a bow on the victory with a four-run bottom half of the sixth, branching their lead out wide enough to leave Coudersport in the rearview mirror for good. Leading the efforts was a two-run single off the bat of Sawyer Johnson.
At the plate, Aydin Sisson led all batters with a three-hit day, while Gaines finished with two and two RBI. On the mound, Buchholz picked up the win behind three strikeouts and four walks, while Caden Allen fanned four more batters in his relief appearance.
The Wolverines will be back to action today, if weather permits, as they visit Friendship/Scio for a 5 p.m. battle in Friendship.
Coudersport 000 101 0 – 2 2 2
Bolivar-Richburg 320 004 X – 9 9 2
COU – Garrett Kellert (LP) (3K, 5BB), Gavyn Ayers (6) (2K, 3BB), and Wyatt Daisley.
B-R – Trey Buchholz (WP) (3K, 4BB), Caden Allen (4) (4K), and Aydin Sisson.