Wahama repeats as Class A champions


By Bryan Walters - bwalters@civitasmedia.com



Members of the Wahama baseball team celebrate after repeating as Class A state champions Saturday following a 5-4 victory over Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.


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Wahama senior starter Mason Hicks delivers a pitch during the third inning of Saturday’s Class A state final against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.


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Wahama junior Philip Hoffman, second from left, slides safely into home plate as Dalton Kearns and Ryan Thomas both react during the sixth inning of Saturday’s Class A final against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.


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Wahama sophomore Dalton Kearns knocks in the game-winning run with a sixth inning single Saturday during the Class A championship game against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.


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Wahama senior Ricky Kearns is all smiles while trotting home to score during the fifth inning of Saturday’s Class A title game against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. —They did it again. They did it again.

The Wahama baseball team put together an effort worth repeating Saturday night as the White Falcons captured their second straight Class A championship following a 5-4 victory over Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Kanawha County.

The White Falcons (22-11) trailed 4-1 through four innings of play, but the Red and White rallied with two runs in each of the fifth and sixth frames — allowing the guests to secure a 5-4 cushion headed into the home half of the sixth.

WHS starter Mason Hicks consecutively retired the last 10 batters he faced while picking up his second straight winning decision in the state championship game.

Senior third baseman Ryan Thomas fielded and made a successful throw to first for the final out, allowing the White Falcons to celebrate the program’s fourth state championship in baseball while extending the program’s win streak in state tournament games to eight straight. Wahama also won state titles in 1996 and 1998.

Both the White Falcons and Wheeling Central (18-10) prodcued seven hits apiece, but the Maroon Knights committed the only two errors in the contest — both of which ended up being costly.

The Class A title game was postponed twice due to severe weather and lasted over seven hours in real time, although the game took less than two hours to play on the field.

Complete details of Wahama’s first-ever repeat championship in school history will be available in the Tuesday sports editions of the Point Pleasant Register, Gallipolis Daily Tribune and The Daily Sentinel.

Members of the Wahama baseball team celebrate after repeating as Class A state champions Saturday following a 5-4 victory over Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_WAH-Celebrate.jpgMembers of the Wahama baseball team celebrate after repeating as Class A state champions Saturday following a 5-4 victory over Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

Wahama senior starter Mason Hicks delivers a pitch during the third inning of Saturday’s Class A state final against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_WAH-Hicks.jpgWahama senior starter Mason Hicks delivers a pitch during the third inning of Saturday’s Class A state final against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Bryan Walters/OVP Sports

Wahama junior Philip Hoffman, second from left, slides safely into home plate as Dalton Kearns and Ryan Thomas both react during the sixth inning of Saturday’s Class A final against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_WAH-Hoffman-2-.jpgWahama junior Philip Hoffman, second from left, slides safely into home plate as Dalton Kearns and Ryan Thomas both react during the sixth inning of Saturday’s Class A final against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

Wahama sophomore Dalton Kearns knocks in the game-winning run with a sixth inning single Saturday during the Class A championship game against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_WAH-D.Kearns.jpgWahama sophomore Dalton Kearns knocks in the game-winning run with a sixth inning single Saturday during the Class A championship game against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

Wahama senior Ricky Kearns is all smiles while trotting home to score during the fifth inning of Saturday’s Class A title game against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.
http://mydailysentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_WAH-R.-Kearns.jpgWahama senior Ricky Kearns is all smiles while trotting home to score during the fifth inning of Saturday’s Class A title game against Wheeling Central at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. Alex Hawley/OVP Sports

By Bryan Walters

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