Caudill, McWilliams leave SC hitless
ATTICA – The way Seneca East’s pitching staff has fared this season, Seneca East knew it probably wouldn’t need an offensive eruption to advance to the Division IV district semifinals.
But it got it anyway.
Mason McWilliams clubbed a three-run homer and drove in four runs, Ben Cramer had three hits and two RBIs and Braeden Tipple drove in two runs as the Tigers run-ruled South Central, 11-1.
The No. 1 Tigers did get another great pitching effort, as Ethan Caudill improved to 8-0, combining with McWilliams on a five-inning no-hitter.
Caudill allowed an unearned run in the third, striking out eight and walking a pair. McWilliams pitched the fifth, striking out one.
John Oney took the loss for the Trojans, who dropped to 6-17.
The Tigers (22-1) advances to the North Robinson District semifinals, where they will take on Crestline at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
A similar exit for H-L
HURON – Sectional finals are not kind to Garret Sendelbach. In the last two years, the Hopewell-Loudon fireballer has taken the mound in a sectional final game. He’s thrown a total of 14 innings, given up two runs, seven hits and struck out 14. And he’s picked up two losses.
For the second-straight year, Sendelbach was on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision. Despite Sendelbach’s three-hitter with nine strikeouts, it was the Huron Tigers scoring the win in the Division III sectional final.
Kyle Kovach was equally as brilliant for Huron. He threw 6 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and striking out four, all while keeping the Chieftains off the scoreboard. Tommy Bogden finished the game to get the save.
Ryan Depinet, Bryan Scherger and Austin Tooker had hits on the day for Hopewell-Loudon.
Musgrave keys Blue Devils
NORTH BALTIMORE – Carey’s Dylan Musgrave went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and the Blue Devils collected just their fifth sectional title since 1990 with 7-3 win at North Baltimore.
The Blue Devils came out of the gate with three runs at the top of the first, before North Baltimore cut the lead to 3-2.
After Carey had a three-run sixth inning, Musgrave led off the top of the seventh with a double.
From there, he reached third off an infield groundout and scored off third on an error.
For Carey, Satchel Strahm had a run scored while Steve Yonts and Matt Holsinger each added an RBI to the win.
Holsinger grabbed the win, allowing two runs and fanning seven.
NR’s Kirian shuts down Buckeye Central
NEW RIEGEL – Normally, starting a freshman in a postseason game is reason for concern.
But, as he has shown this season, New Riegel’s Michael Kirian is not your usual type of freshman.
The 6-foot-3 left hander shut down Buckeye Central in a Division IV sectional final Friday night, allowing a run on three hits while striking out nine in a 4-1 Blue Jackets win.
With the victory, the Blue Jackets (12-10) advance to play Mohawk at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a North Robinson District semifinal.
The Blue Jackets got a run in the bottom of the first. Austin Mathias singled, took second on a past ball, then moved to third on a ground out, then came home on a Jake Dryfuse grounder.
BC tied things in the third when Tanner Zaebst doubled, took third on a balk, then scored on a Jordan Herrnstein RBI ground out.
The Blue Jackets regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on a John Zoeller RBI single.
New Riegel added two more runs in the fourth, more than enough for Kirian.
Austin Lutz took the loss in relief for the Bucks, who dropped to 14-14. Lutz allowed four runs in four innings, but only one was earned.