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Williamsport midfielder and UNC conscript Dallas Griess takes the field ahead of a game against Waverly, NY on Tuesday. The Millionaires won 9-4 at Logue Field. EVAN WHEATON/Sun Gazette

When Dallas Griess ripped a two-run homer cleanly over the center wall in the second inning at Logue Field, he wasn’t jogging after his lead runner.

It was already his second shake of the game, but after a quick check with the coach while seated down at the plate, the UNC commit walked away and rounded the bases. After that, he watched the rest of the game from the dugout under ice.

“At first I thought I soiled it on my ankle, but I think I just twisted it. I think my cleat just got stuck, it wasn’t really moving with my leg.” said Griess at his first burial. “I think I just drew something, hopefully. I would have liked to jog that out and enjoy it a little more, but it didn’t work out that well. But it’s okay, we won, so it’s good.”

Griess’s latest plate appearance cemented an already growing 6-0 lead for the Williamsport baseball team, who clinched a 9-4 win over Waverly, NY on Tuesday.

The Millionaires (7-2) recorded 14 hits and wasted no time in putting money in the bank early. Griess led with a full-count walk from the bottom of first before Xavier Taylor dug to first base. Owen Berry then got them both in play with a base hit.

Atreyu Murray hit his first of three doubles the day after and ran in two more runners to take a four-run lead in the first inning.

“The discipline of the guys on the record was there today. They had the approaches we needed,” said Williamsport coach Kyle Schneider. “At this point in the season, after eight games, the guys are starting to settle in a bit, seeing the pitches that they need to see and the pitch selection getting better and better game by game.”

The Millionaires battled third place this week and made the most of their time at bat. There were eight two-outs throughout the day, six of which came from Williamsport. The day before, the Millionaires also had four runs on two outs against Mifflin County.

“We definitely turned it up. We hit the ball pretty well but it almost seemed like everyone contributed today.” said Griss. “We had 14 hits, which is pretty crazy. But it was double after double after double from the majority of different people.”

By the end of the sixth inning, Williamsport’s lineup was winning three straight doubles with RBIs for Adam Aldenderfer and Taylor. Tommy Aversa earned an RBI in the previous inning.

The Wolverines (9-3) only came out on top of the fifth. Thomas Hand drove in a runner with a double of his own before a wild pitch overran another, cutting the Waverly’s lead to 6-2.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Wolverines added two more runs with even more back-to-back doubles on the plate.

Griffin Vollman pitched five innings for Williamsport and finished with five strikeouts. Owen Berry pitched two innings of relief and knocked out three. Berry’s first strikeout ended the team after the Millionaires made a double play in the sixth frame.

Schneider attended camps with Waverly coach Kyle McDuffee at the time, and the two have experience of each other through college ball.

But on the field, since the Wolverines are an out-of-state team, there wasn’t much familiarity between the two schools. However, the game was a reunion of sorts at Logue Field that the Millionaires took control of early on.

“We didn’t know what to expect coming from New York.” said Schneider. “I think our starter Griffin kept them off balance really well and I think that pushed us early in the game and allowed us to play with a lead.”

Waverly 000 020 2 — 4 4 2

Williamsport 420 012 x — 9 14 3

Caden Hollywood, Derek Seymour (5), Jay Pipher (6) and Ty Beeman. Griffin Vollman, Owen Berry (6) and Adam Aldenderfer. W: Vollmann. L: Hollywood.

Top waverly hitters: Thomas Hand 2-4, RBI. Williamsport top hitters: Atreyu Murray 3-3, 2 RBI, run; Griffin Vollman 2-3, RBI, run; Xavier Taylor 2-3, run; Dallas Griess 1-1, HR, 2 RBI.

Records: Williamsport 7-2; Waverly 9-3.

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