Strong arms help Calvert sweep away Buckeye Central
Calvert used solid starting pitching and some big innings to sweep a doubleheader from Buckeye Central Saturday.
The Senecas won Game 1 11-1, then dismantled the Bucks in the second game, 13-3.
In the first game, Calvert broke a 1-1 tie with six runs in the fourth, then added four more in the bottom of the sixth to enact the mercy rule.
Marcus King led the Senecas offensively with two hits, a run and four RBIs. Peyton Deats backed his own superb pitching effort with two hits, two runs and three RBIs. Sam Shelt-Palm added to the offensive surge with three hits, two runs and an RBI and Brayden Harrison added hits and a run.
Deats improved to 4-1 by allowing just one hit and one run over six innings. He struck out 11 and walked four.
Buckeye Central’s Jordan Herrnstein singled in the Bucks’ lone run.
Ethan Summers took the loss for the Bucks.
In the second game, Buckeye Central (7-9) jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the top of the first, only to see the Senecas rally with five runs in the bottom half.
The Senecas cruised from there.
Bailey Hickman tripled and drove in two runs for Calvert, while Austin Prenzlin had three hits, scored three runs and added two RBIs. King drove in two runs, while Deats scored three times and had two RBIs.
King picked up the win on the mound, going five innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits. He improved to 4-0.
Buckeye Central’s Tanner Zaebst and Herrnstein each had a single, a run and an RBI. Jacob Shade took the loss.
SE suffers first loss of season
ATTICA – Seneca East coach Frank Lamoreaux is a big fan of the Cleveland Indians.
While the veteran mentor frequently will talk Indians baseball, he refuses – unlike some of his like-minded assistants – to get down at the big league club’s setbacks.
His own team suffered its first such setback Saturday, as it lost Game 2 of a doubleheader with New London, 11-5. The defeat came after Mason McWilliams struck out 12 and shut out the Wildcats 6-0 in Game 1.
Seneca East moved to 14-1 this season. If Lamoreaux was crushed at the loss of the perfect season, he didn’t show it.
“It’s nice to go undefeated, but when was the last time you saw someone go 162-0 in the majors?” he asked. “We’ll let this one go away and prepare for the next one. Our guys were mad. They didn’t like it. This game has a way of humbling you, if it did that, that’s good.”
McWilliams certainly wasn’t humbled in Game 1, as he improved to 7-0 by allowing six hits over a complete seven innings.
The Wildcats responded quickly in Game 2, scoring five runs in the first inning against Ben Cramer, and eventually jumping out to a 9-1 lead.
Cramer was tagged for nine runs, but only four were earned.
“For as well as we played in the first game, we were lax in the second,” Lamoreaux said.
Nick Thomas paced the New London attack with three runs, a hit and two RBIs.
McWilliams was tough at the plate in Game 2, smacking two doubles, scoring and driving in a run. Nate Snavely had two hits and two RBIs in the loss.
New London moved to 13-4. Lamoreaux said it was the best team SE had played this season.
Redmen power off to Lucadello crown
FOSTORIA – Fostoria erupted for eight runs in the fourth for a 12-4 lead and held North Baltimore at bay from there Saturday to claim the Tony Lucadello Tournament title 12-7.
The Redmen (10-4) reached the finals by beating Old Fort 14-3 while the Tigers blanked St. Wendelin 10-0 in the other semifinal.
North Baltimore scored once in the top of the fourth to knot the game at 4 before FHS powered off.
Lance Smith (1-0) picked up the win and belted two singles and a double.
Hunter Abell homered, doubled and singled, Robby Crotty lined three singles and Kaleb Bemis and Chris Hampton both singled twice.
Noah Brian took the loss for the Tigers (4-8). Sean Watson singled twice.
Old Fort doubled up St. Wendelin 10-5 in the consolation game on the strength of Maison Steyer’s two singles, triple, four RBIs and two runs.
Brad Heilman added three runs and three RBIs off a double and single for the Stockaders (2-13), and Jake Wilson had a double and two RBIs and Josh Kaltenbach scored twice and singled.
Wilson (2-4) also fanned 11 to get the win.
Brad Buhrow took the loss, fanning seven. He also singled twice for the Mohawks (2-13).
Trent Whetsel scored twice and singled twice and Justin Myers drove in two runs with a double and single.
Old Fort scored all three of its runs in the semifinal with Fostoria in the top of the first, but the Redmen countered with two in the bottom of the frame before erupting for seven in the second to gain momentum.
Alex Jackson singled twice and doubled for FHS, Lance Smith scored twice and singled twice, Chris Hampton and Hunter Abell both scored three times and singled and Alex Souders scored twice and singled.
Trey Yates (1-2) picked up the win.
Jacob Hammond’s two RBIs, single and run paced the Stockaders. Brandon Tittle took the loss.
NR shuts down Grove bats
COLUMBUS GROVE – It was two different types of games Saturday.
But the Blue Jackets won both. And their pitchers were spectacular.
After Austin Mathias threw a four-hitter in a 2-1 New Riegel win over Columbus Grove in the first game, the Blue Jackets erupted for 15 runs in the second, and took that game 15-1.
In Game 2, Alex Theis allowed two hits and struck out 15 batters as New Riegel run-ruled the Bulldogs in six innings. Mathias struck out four batters in Game 1.
In the first contest, New Riegel went up 1-0 when Michael Kirian doubled, then scored on Floyd Bouillon’s single. The Blue Jackets made it 2-0 in the fourth when Bouillon reached on an error, and scored from third on Theis’ fielder’s choice.
The Bulldogs scored a run in the fifth, but that was it for them and the Blue Jackets prevailed.
Game 2 lacked the drama.
New Riegel connected on 14 hits – all but one was a single – and used a 10-run sixth to leave Columbus Grove behind.
Aaron Acree had two hits and drove in three runs for the Blue Jackets, while Jake Dryfuse had four hits and two RBIs.
Burkes, Hoyda pace TC wins
Jack Burkes got Columbian off to a good start in the first game with his pitching.
In the second game, the Tornadoes’ hitters took over.
Burkes through a complete-game six-hit shutout in Game 1 of TC’s doubleheader with Van Buren, striking out four and walking two as the Tornadoes won, 3-0.
In the second game, Nate Hoyda homered and drove in five runs as Columbian crushed the Black Knights, 16-6.
In the first game, Columbian got two doubles and an RBI from Mason Mullennex, and two hits and a run from Russ Yeast.
Van Buren’s Schuyler Turner pitched well, allowing one earned run in six innings, but took the loss.
In the second game, Hoyda had two hits and a run, while Garrett Bean scored three runs, singled and had an RBI. Jeffrey Crawford went 2 for 2 and drove in two runs, while Derek Bell and Tyler Gillig each drove in a run for the Tornadoes.
Gillig got the win on the mound for TC.
Rolling Raiders take 2
KANSAS – Lakota is on a roll.
The Raiders scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win Game 1 over Arcadia Saturday, 6-5. Then, in the second game, Lakota bashed the Redskins, 13-0.
With the victories, the Raiders are on a six-game winning streak.
Casey Monroe paced the Raiders by driving in four runs in Game 1, and also picking up the win on the mound.
Josh Mason had two hits, a run and two stolen bases for Lakota. Dakota Gilber added two hits.
In the second game, Lakota banged out 16 hits, taking a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first and never looking back.
Jordan Jaso doubled twice for the Raiders, driving in three runs and scoring three times. Madison Jaso had three hits, three runs and two RBIs.
Eight Raiders drove in at least one run.