Prep Baseball Roundup: Pair of 9s power Norwalk St. Paul past Mohawk

SYCAMORE – There must be something appealing to the St. Paul baseball team about the number nine. Twice Saturday, once in each game of a doubleheader at Mohawk, the Flyers put up nine in an inning. In the first game, it would be all the runs the Flyers would score, but it would be enough in a 9-5 victory. In game two, there was plenty more to come after a nine-run fourth inning as St. Paul rolled to a 20-12 win.

In the opener, Mohawk held a 4-0 lead until St. Paul plated nine runs in the third. Mitch Brown led the Warriors offense going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Derrick Sowers had two hits and drove in two runs. Wes Shaw also had two hits.

In the second game, Mohawk had only four hits, but was able to take advantage of 12 walks. Grant Gucker and Brown each had two RBIs. Shaw, Sowers, Eric Maskey and John Riedel each had RBIs.

Mohawk falls to 5-10.

Chieftains have a good time in pro park

TOLEDO – Playing in a Triple A ballpark agreed with Hopewell-Loudon Saturday.

The Chieftains scored five runs in the fifth inning, breaking open a close game and pushing Hopewell-Loudon to a 10-2 win over Erie-Mason, a school in Michigan.

The contest took place at Fifth-Third Field, the home of the Toledo Mudhens.

Garret Sendelbach starred for the Chieftains at the plate and on the mound. He scattered three hits over six innings, allowing an unearned run and picking up the win. He also doubled in two runs and scored twice.

Logan Tyree scored twice, Eli Tooker drove in two runs for the Chieftains. Jordan Stewart singled in a run and scored.

Buckeye Central gets much-needed sweep

GREENWICH – Buckeye Central needed this.

A day after the Bucks were clubbed by Ontario, 10-0, they came back to sweep a doubleheader at South Central, 8-1 and 11-4.

Bryce Christy and Eric Wilfer each scored twice in the first game, with Grant Loy singling twice and driving in a run.

It was more than enough offense for starting pitcher Mike Blackford, who struck out eight, walked five and allowed three hits Saturday in picking up his second win of the season.

“He pitched a great game, got himself out of jams,” said Buckeye Central coach Chad Jensen. “He got some big outs for us.”

Anthony Shepherd took the loss on the mound for the Trojans.

In the second game, BC used a six-run third inning to distance itself from South Central. Bryce Christy and Seth Parsons led the offensive surge, each collecting two hits and driving in two runs.

Cody Roberts had three hits, driving in two for BC.

Tanner Zaebst got the win, pitching the first four innings and allowing three unearned runs. Grant Loy followed, closing out the contest with three innings of one-run relief.

Buckeye Central improved to 6-11.

The Trojans got two hits and an RBI from Chandler McCormick.

Calvert salvages split with Vanlue

Calvert had already dropped the opener of a doubleheader Saturday against Vanlue 9-6, then found itself trailing late in game two, when Vanlue broke a 1-1 tie with a run in the fifth. But the Senecas responded with two in the bottom of the frame and pulled out a 3-2 victory.

Brendan Deats, Austin Prenzlin and Austin Perry all drove in runs in the Calvert win. All three, along with Matt Iannantuono, had two-hit games.

Brian Gruss pitched Calvert to the win, scattering nine hits over seven innings.

In the opener, Calvert doubled up Vanlue in the hit category, but couldn’t translate them into runs. Calvert left nine runners on base.

Derek Herzog had three hits and an RBI. Jacob Zimmerman, Jesse Gase and Sam Palm also drove in runs. All three also had two hits.

Bulldogs sweep Blue Jackets

NEW RIEGEL – Columbus Grove came out swinging during a doubleheader Saturday at New Riegel. The Bulldogs posted an 11-4 in the opener, and followed that up with a 14-4 victory.

In the opener, Brandyn Reinhart had three RBIs and Brady Hall brought in the other Blue Jacket run. Reinhart and Aaron Acree doubled in the game.

In game two, the Bulldogs opened up with four runs in the first and closed out the game with six in the fifth.

John Zoeller had two RBIs for the Blue Jackets. Hall and Austin Mathias also drove in runs.

Fostoria splits at Lucadello

FOSTORIA – Fostoria let one slip away in the first game at the Tony Lucadello Tournament, but responded in the second game to end the day with a split.

Fostoria built a 7-0 lead on North Baltimore after three innings, but saw it evaporate by the time the Redmen came to bat in the fifth.

Ten Fostoria walks played a key role in North Baltimore’s 10-9 win.

Alex Jackson had three hits for Fostoria and Robbie Crotty had two.

The Redmen came back against Arcadia and opened up a 4-0 lead after the first inning. There would be no comeback this time as the lead increased to 14-2 by the end of the third and the game ending 15-5.

Casey Kitchen, Anthony Dean and Hunter Abell all homered for the Redmen with Abell’s being a grand slam. Lance Smith picked up the win on the mound.

Columbian goes the distance for a win

VAN BUREN – After dropping the day’s first game 10-1 to Van Buren, Columbian needed a late rally avoid a sweep. Trailing 8-5 in the top of the seventh, Columbian rallied for four, but saw the Black Knights come back to force extra innings.

The teams ended up going the distance of a pro game. Columbian put up a five-spot in the ninth and scored a 14-11 victory.

Michael Rohrbach went 3 for 5 with a double and four RBIs to pace the Tornadoes. Chandler Hoover added two base hits and three RBIs. Jeff Crawford, Taylor Warner, Bubba Miller, Aaron Sostaric, Vince Anway and Garrett Bean all picked up RBIs. Nate Hoyda picked up the win in relief.

In the opener, Columbian’s lone run came in the fifth inning when Bryce Lonsway drove in Tyler Schwartz.

Tigers offense comes up big at New London

NEW LONDON – Seneca East jumped out to a lead in the first inning of each of its games Saturday, and went on to sweep New London 12-4 and 8-4.

Dan Bartley had a big day for the Tigers. In the first game he doubled, scored and drove in a run, and in the second he doubled twice, scored twice and drove in a pair.

Caudill had an excellent game one with four hits, three runs and two RBIs. He also won the first game on the mound, improving to 4-0. Mason McWilliams (4-1) won game two.

The Tigers improved to 13-2 this season.