NEW WASHINGTON - Buckeye Central struck first, but Cody Gabriel struck last. The Bucks jumped on top of Upper Sandusky 2-0 early, but the Rams rallied with runs in the fourth and fifth to tie the game, then got the game winner when Gabriel doubled home Ross Dible in the top of the seventh for a 3-2 Ram win.
Also for Upper Sandusky, Sam Plott doubled and singled with an RBI. Andre Myers also drove in a run.
Alex Kenner pitched the final five innings in relief, striking out six and allowing just three hits to get the win.
PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS
Upper Sandusky shortstop Sam Plott flips the ball ahead of Buckeye Central runner Scott Heydinger to eventually get an out in a rundown Thursday in Upper Sandusky.
Buckeye Central pitcher Grant Loy tears up the infield and then lines up to throw through the debris to get Upper Sandusky runner Dermot Garza at first base on Garza’s bunt attempt Thursday in New Washington.
For Buckeye Central, Eric Hanes and Grant Loy had RBIs with Hanes doubling. Justin Herrnstein had a pair of hits. Loy was a tough-luck loser on the mound. He went the distance allowing just five hits and struck out nine.
Caudill overpowers Warriors
ATTICA - Who's the No. 1 pitcher on Seneca East's staff?
Most are aware of Mason McWilliams, the undefeated, overpowering senior who is going to Ohio University next season.
But Tigers' coach Frank Lamoreaux has this other guy. When it was suggested Ethan Caudill was SE's "No. 2 gun," the veteran mentor didn't hesitate.
"No. 2 gun is pretty doggone good," he said. "When we look at statistics between those two guys, they're neck and neck. Ethan has taken a challenge from Mason just to try to match each other."
Caudill came into Thursday's start against Mohawk with a microscopic 0.23 earned run average. Only McWilliams had a better ERA in the MAL.
And after Thursday, Caudill's is going to drop.
He pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout as the Tigers blanked the Warriors, 3-0. Of the 21 outs Caudill recorded, 76.2 percent - 16 overall - were by strikeout.
With that total, Caudill surpassed McWilliams for the league lead in punchouts, but not by much. Caudill has 81 strikeouts, McWilliams 80.
Still, all that success meant little, since for four innings Mohawk starter Austin Shock was matching Caudill pitch for pitch.
But in the fifth, the Tigers broke through.
Ben Cramer had an RBI single, while Nate Snavely smacked a two-run double.
And that was all Caudill needed, as Seneca East improved to 15-1, 6-0 in the Midland Athletic League.
Austin Harper and Grant Gucker each singled for the Warriors, who dropped to 5-9, 2-3.
Shock took a tough loss, allowing five hits and two earned runs over a complete six innings.
"Austin pitched an outstanding game and gave us a chance to win," Mohawk coach Eric Hoover said.
Hoyda brilliant, TC wins in extras
SHELBY - Nate Hoyda had done so much for Columbian on the mound, perhaps it was fitting he won the game at the plate.
Hoyda struck out 11 Shelby hitters Thursday, and went to the hill in the seventh with the Tornadoes holding a 1-0 lead.
But the Whippets, who Hoyda limited to just three hits, pushed across the tying run in the seventh.
Hoyda pitched a scoreless eighth, and then in the ninth, found himself at the plate with runners at the corners and nobody out. Jeffrey Crawford doubled to start the inning, then moved to third on a bunt single by Nathaniel Gilmer.
Hoyda, hitless in his previous three at-bats, lifted a fly ball to center to score Crawford and give TC a 2-1 lead.
Hoyda was relieved by Aaron Sostaric, who pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth to secure the victory.
Russ Yeast doubled and scored the Tornadoes' other run, which came in the first inning when Crawford doubled and had an RBI.
King of the castle
Calvert plays its home games at the Calvert Fieldhouse, but it might as well be known as Marcus King's castle. King doubled and drove in three runs Thursday as Calvert rallied to beat Marion Harding 5-4.
Harding jumped out to a 4-0 lead after scoring in the top of the fifth. Then Calvert, who was kept silent up until that point, broke out for four runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie it. Three of those runs came from one mighty swing by King. With the bases loaded, King clubbed one that hit the fence at the 345-foot sign. The bases cleared and the Senecas were right back in the game.
"That was completely clutch," Calvert coach Dustin Ritchie said. "He's come through in big situations all year for us and that was just another example."
Calvert got the winning run in the seventh rather unconventionally. A Jesse Gase base hit started things off. Two walks later and the bases were loaded. With two outs and Bailey Hickman at the plate, Harding pitcher Dallas Springer was called for a balk, scoring Gase and giving Calvert the win.
"We had a tough time hitting today and our pitching and defense was a little rough to begin with," Ritchie said. "But we brought it when we needed to and got the win in the end."
Calvert improves to 13-2 on the year.
Redmen shrink Little Giants
FOSTORIA - Fostoria spotted Fremont Ross a 6-3 lead after three innings, but the Redmen rallied. Two in the fourth and two more in the fifth brought the Little Giants back down to size in a 7-6 Fostoria win.
Kaleb Bemis had three hits on the day for the Redmen and Lance Smith picked up a pair of singles. Trey Yates was the winning pitcher. He improved to 2-2 while his team upped its mark to 11-5.
McComb gets quick jump
FOSTORIA - McComb erased all doubt early in its game against St. Wendelin. The Panthers, ranked No. 15 in Division IV by Prep Baseball Report, sent five across the plate in the first inning and cruised to an 11-1, six-inning victory over the Mohawks.
Travis Clark went 3 for 3 with a pair of runs. Taylor Reardon, Mitch Schroeder and Dakota LaRue all had two-hit days.
Trent Whetsel doubled in Brad Buhrow for St. Wendelin's run.