MAL win still eludes Mohawks
FOSTORIA – St. Wendelin looked well on the way to its first Midland Athletic League win of the year Wednesday after building an 8-1 lead through four innings. But, Fremont St. Joe scored nine times over the next two frames to build momentum for an 11-9 victory.
Reliever Cyle Smith suffered the loss for the Mohawks. He also scored twice and singled against the Crimson Streaks.
Trent Whetsel went 2 for 2 with three RBIs for St. Wendelin, Devin Frankart doubled in two runs and singled, Smith scored twice and doubled in a run, Donovan Scudder added three runs, a two-run double and two singles, Brad Buhrow scored twice and singled and Brady Rutter lined two singles.
Tigers stay perfect in MAL
KANSAS – The strikeouts keep going up, and the ERA keeps going down.
Ethan Caudill fanned 13, scattered three hits, didn’t walk anyone and allowed just an unearned run Wednesday as Seneca East edged Lakota 2-1 in Midland Athletic League play.
The effort moved Caudill to 7-0, gave him 94 strikeouts and lowered his ERA from 0.19 to 0.16. More importantly to the Tigers, he helped Seneca East improve to 19-1 overall and 8-0 in the MAL.
All other league teams have at least two MAL losses, so the Tigers can wrap up the outright title by beating either St. Wendelin at home Monday or Hopewell-Loudon on the road May 16.
Lakota (7-10, 3-4) nearly made the final MAL title a battle to the end between Calvert, New Riegel and Hopewell-Loudon, who each have two league losses, and Seneca East.
Alex Scheiber and Caudill singled in the top of the third for Lakota, with Mason McWilliams doubling in Scheiber and Caudill scoring on an error.
The Raiders cut the deficit to 2-1 when Casey Monroe singled and came home in the bottom of the frame on an error.
Neither team scored again.
Seneca East had just three more baserunners, none of whom got past first. Meanwhile, Lakota’s Josh Mason singled and was left stranded at second in the fourth and Dakota Gilbert singled in the sixth and eventually reached third before being left there.
Braden Nagel also singled for Seneca East.
Monroe took the loss for the Raiders.
Warriors get around Senecas
Derrick Sowers knocked in the go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh and Calvert left runners stranded at first and second in the bottom of the frame Wednesday as Mohawk pulled out a come-from-behind 3-1 Midland Athletic League win.
Calvert snapped a scoreless tie in the sixth. Austin Prenzlin led off with a single, went to second on a walk and stole third before scoring on Jacob Vera’s sac fly.
The Senecas might have had more that inning, but Sam Shelt-Palm, whose walk put Prenzlin on second, was gunned down at first after Prenzlin’s steal.
A pop up ended the inning, and then the Warriors (8-11, 4-3 MAL) went to work.
Jacob Jeffrey singled, went to second on Jacob McMillion’s sac bunt and scored when David Dietrich reached on an error.
Austin Shock followed with a walk, and he and Dietrich both scored on Sowers’ hit.
Drew Ritzler led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and Peyton Deats drew a two-out walk, but Mohawk pitcher Austin Harper got Bailey Hickman to fly out to left to end the game.
Devon Fredritz and Grant Gucker each added a single for Mohawk.
Deats (5-2) fanned eight, but took the loss.
Bucks jump on miscue
NEW WASHINGTON – Mike Blackford scored the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth when Austin Lutz reached on an error Wednesday as Buckeye Central upended Riverdale 7-6.
Buckeye Central (11-13, 6-6 North Central Conference) led 3-0 after the fourth, but the Falcons countered with five runs in the top of the fifth.
The Bucks retook the lead with a three-run burst in the bottom of the fifth, but Riverdale knotted the game at 6 in the seventh.
Seth Parsons drove in two runs with a double and single for the Bucks, Jordan Herrnstein doubled and singled, Cole Stacklin doubled and Seth Ollis lined two singles.
Tanner Zaebst (1-1) got the win.
Gabriel leads the way for Rams.
NORTH ROBINSON – Talk about helping your own cause.
Cody Gabriel homered, doubled, scored three times and knocked in three runs Wednesday as Upper Sandusky hammered North Central Conference foe Colonel Crawford 15-3.
Gabriel also surrendered just four hits and two walks while striking out six and allowing two earned runs.
While his offense effort would have been enough for the Rams, he got plenty of help.
Cameron Binau homered and drove in a pair, Alex Kenner tripled and scored and Carson Mittermaier went 3 for 3 with four RBIs, a double and two runs.
Sam Plott added a 4-for-4 day with four runs, Ross Dible scored twice and singled, Andre Myers drove in three runs with two singles and Kolin Johnson singled twice.
Chieftains hammer Tigers
BASCOM – Hopewell-Loudon used an eight-run first inning Wednesday as the springboard to an 18-2 Midland Athletic League whipping of North Baltimore.
Bryan Scherger went 3 for 4 with three runs, three RBIs and two doubles for the Chieftains (13-8, 6-2 MAL), while winning pitcher Tyler Imes (4-2) struck out eight while scoring twice, doubling, singling and drive in a run.
Jordan Stewart added three runs and four RBIs off two singles, Ryan Depinet went 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, Jared Gelinas ended 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs and Garret Sendelbach scored twice, singled twice, doubled and knocked in a run.
Weston Hill chased in three runs with two singles and Jackson Sebetto had a single, two runs and two RBIs against the Tigers.
Eagles clips Redmen
PEMBERVILLE – Eastwood held off Northern Buckeye Conference foe Fostoria long enough in the seventh inning Wednesday to claim a 5-4 win.
Eastwood scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to extend its lead to 5-2, but the Redmen (12-8, 3-5 NBC) scored once in the sixth and once in the seventh before the Eagles secured the win.
Kaleb Bemis (1-4) took the loss.
Rob Crotty hit three singles for FHS and Trey Yates added two.
Carey drops Old Fort, 11-1
CAREY- Satchel Strahm fanned four batters and allowed only six hits throughout Carey’s 11-1 romp over Old Fort Wednesday.
The Blue Devils put up three runs in the second inning, added five more in the fourth, while holding the Stockaders scoreless until the fifth.
In the top of the fifth, Maison Steyer drove home Brad Heilman for Old Fort’s lone run.
Carey answered the run in the bottom of the frame.
Matt Holsinger continued the Blue Devils’ onslaught with a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Chase Wagner singled to bring in Steve Yonts to close out the scoring.