Prep Baseball Roundup: Chieftains drop Tigers from MAL top spot

ATTICA – Hopewell-Loudon had back-to-back three-run innings and used a double play off a line drive in the final inning to hold off Seneca East and clinch a 9-8 victory.

Hopewell-Loudon trailed Seneca East 5-3 heading into the fifth inning, before putting up three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.

Seneca East tried to rally late, plating three of its own in the seventh inning, but the Chieftains were able to hold on for the win.

Nick Scaife led the Chieftains (12-13, 8-2 Midland Athletic League) with three hits and picked up the save while teammate Garret Sendelbach grabbed the win (7-2) with six strikeouts.

Bryan Scherger hammered a double for H-L’s only extra-base hit.

Mason McWilliams and Jordan Bowerman both doubled for Seneca East (21-4, 8-2).

The loss drops Seneca East out of a first place tie in the MAL and into a tie for second with Hopewell-Loudon. North Baltimore sits alone atop the league as the only team remaining with one league loss after the Tigers topped Fremont St. Joe, 11-8.

Calvert seniors lead the way in finale

Seniors Brendan Deats and Eric Elchert both lined two hits and classmate Brian Gruss knocked in three runs Monday as Calvert capped its year with a 10-2 win over Arcadia.

Elchert (6-6) also fanned 10 and went the distance to earn the win for the Senecas (10-15).

“Our senior leaders stepped up. Each got hits, which was a good way to end their career at Calvert,” Calvert coach Dustin Ritchie said.

“Brian Gruss had a clutch three-RBI double and Eric Elchert hit his spots very well and was the workhorse he was all year,” he said.

Deats and Elchert each singled twice and scored, with Deats adding two RBIs.

Jesse Gase doubled, singled and scored, Austin Perry doubled and scored and Brad Iannantuono and Jacob Zimmerman both singled, scored and chased in a run.

Chad Baker took the loss for the Redskins.

Dylan Conine and Hayden Ramsey each singled twice.