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  • West Canada walks off with win

  • Josh Sternberg singled through a drawn-in Poland infield and drove home the deciding run in the West Canada Valley Indians’ 5-4 season-opening victory over the Tornadoes Monday.

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  • Josh Sternberg singled through a drawn-in Poland infield and drove home the deciding run in the West Canada Valley Indians’ 5-4 season-opening victory over the Tornadoes Monday.
    The Indians had led 2-0 and 4-3 but Poland rallied to tie the game in the tops of the sixth and seventh innings. Alex Maxwell led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single down the right field line, stole second base and moved to third on an overthrow. With a 3-1 count on Tyler Porter, the Tornadoes elected to intentionally walk the Indians’ cleanup hitter and Nate George, as well, to set up force outs at all bases. Sternberg then fouled off the first pitch he saw from Kyle Lawson before stroking his game-winning hit into right field.
    West Canada Valley had plated two runs in the first inning. Thomas Roberts reached base on an error leading off and Troy Moody singled. Brandon Tabor struck out the next two Indians before George laced a single into left field and gave the home team the early two-run lead.
    The score remained 2-0 until the fifth inning. Roberts had shut the Tornadoes out on two hits, striking out six batters while walking none, but left the mound to rest his arm for the opening of league play later in the week. Poland promptly took advantage of defensive miscues and got the first of four unearned runs against reliever Jack Minasi. Zak Cavoly singled and Nate Killian reached base on an error. Tom Zielenski hit a hard ground ball to second base and Moody threw to the outfield side of the bag at second. Maxwell, the Indians’ shortstop, held the bag while stretching for the throw but had no chance to double Zielenski up at first base. Cavoly, however, had rounded third base and Maxwell threw to Roberts at his new position in time to pick the lead runner off to complete a 4-6-5 double play.
    Another error put Derek Bush, Poland’s No. 9 hitter, on base, and Minasi balked the runners to second and third. Kenny Miller walked to load the bases and yet another error — West Canada Valley’s third of the inning — allowed Zielenski to score as Troy Weakley reached base.
    Roberts singled to start the bottom of the fifth and Moody drove him home with a double to give West Canada Valley back its two-run lead.
    That lead, however, would disappear in the next half-inning. An error got Poland started and Zielenski drove Tabor and Lawson home with a one-out single.
    West Canada Valley got the run and the lead back in the bottom of the sixth. Frank Dufford reached base on an error and Zach Schrader was hit by a pitch with one out. Roberts hit a potential double-play ball but the relay was thrown out of play, allowing Dufford to score for the Indians.
    Page 2 of 2 - Tyler Porter relieved Minasi to pitch the seventh inning with a one-run lead. He struck out the first batter he faced but Miller grounded a double over the first base bag to put the tying run in scoring position. Miller moved to third base when Troy Weakley grounded out then Justin Weakley smacked a triple to left-center to tie the game at 4. Porter left the go-ahead run stranded at third base when the inning ended on another ground ball to Maxwell.
    Each team finished the game with six hits with Moody, Miller and Cavoly collecting two each.
    West Canada Valley is home again Tuesday for a game against Adirondack. Poland plays its first home game of the season Tuesday against Frankfort-Schuyler.
    Poland    000 012 1 — 4  6  4
    West Canada Valley    200 011 1 — 5  6  5
    Brandon Tabor, Kyle Lawson (6) and Troy Weakley. Thomas Roberts, Jack Minasi (5), Tyler Porter (7) and Josh Sternberg. W — Porter. L — Lawson. 2B — Poland, Zak Cavoly, Kenny Miller; West Canada Valley, Troy Moody. 3B — Poland, Justin Weakley. Records — Poland 0-1; West Canada Valley 1-0.
    Compiled From Evening Times Staff Reports

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