Tigers take MAL title
ATTICA – The only question now is whether they’ll complete a perfect run through league.
But the outright title, the final championship in Midland Athletic League history, belongs to the Tigers.
Ben Cramer tossed a one-hitter and Seneca East pounded out 12 runs in the third inning Monday en route to blanking St. Wendelin 19-0 for its first league crown since 2009.
The win pushed the Tigers (21-1) to 9-0 in the MAL, with their final league game coming Friday at Hopewell-Loudon. The MAL disbands after this year.
“Kind of neat to get the last one. Kind of neat that way,” Seneca East coach Frank Lamoreaux said.
“I think the MAL over the years has been a great baseball league. At any time throughout those years, it’s been neat to see different teams rise to the top and do well, and they all have,” he said. “That says a lot for the kids.
“We’re proud to represent the MAL as its champions,” he said.
No other MAL team has fewer than two league losses.
Cramer (4-1) fanned seven and didn’t allow any walks. He also singled and scored.
Alex Scheiber added two runs, a triple and RBI, Drewe Tipple had two RBIs and a double, Mason McWilliams scored and drove in four runs with a double and single, Matt Daniel doubled and scored and Nate Snavely had two runs, a double and single.
Ethan Caudill and Joe Roth both chipped in two runs, two RBIs and a single.
Zac Dixon took the loss for the Mohawks (2-22, 0-10). Brad Buhrow singled.
Shutout puts Tornadoes in tie atop NOL
BELLEVUE – Jeffrey Crawford scored twice and Aaron Sostaric struck out seven Monday as Columbian blanked Bellevue 5-0 to cause a logjam atop the Northern Ohio League standings.
The Tornadoes and Ontario are both 8-2 in the NOL, with Bellevue (8-3) a half game behind.
Crawford added a single and Sostaric allowed just four hits and two walks, and helped his own cause with a single and run.
Russ Yeast singled twice and knocked in a run for TC (12-9), Derek Bell had a run and RBI, Nate Hoyda singled and scored and Jack Burkes and Christian Magill both singled.
Thomas Pressler took the loss for the Redmen. He struck out five over six innings, but allowed three earned runs and two unearned runs.
Jake Strayer singled twice and Shane Miller and Ryan Vogel each singled.
Senecas steamroll Blue Jackets
NEW RIEGEL – Calvert took a 5-0 lead in the first inning and cruised from there Monday to beat Midland Athletic League foe New Riegel 11-2.
Austin Prenzlin (3-0) went the distance for the win, fanning eight and scattering six hits and three walks.
Jesse Gase scored twice and drove in three runs with a double and single for the Senecas (16-4, 6-2 MAL), and Peyton Deats had two RBIs off a double and single.
Jacob Vera added two runs and two singles and Drew Ritzler scored three times and singled twice.
Losing pitcher Alex Theis doubled and singled and Jake Dryfus had a single, run and RBI for the Blue Jackets (11-9, 4-3).
Bucks run away from Bucyrus
BUCYRUS – Buckeye Central ended the first inning clinging to a 3-2 lead, but scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings Monday to kickstart a 16-4 North Central Conference win against Bucyrus.
Cole Stacklin led the charge by going 4 for 5 with three runs, while Tanner Zaebst drove in two runs, doubled and singled for the Bucks (14-13, 8-6 NCC).
Winning pitcher Mike Blackford (2-3) chased in four runs with a double and single, Seth Ollis scored twice and doubled, Jordan Herrnstein had two runs and two singles, Austin Lutz added three runs and two RBIs off two singles, Eric Hanes scored twice and singled, and Grant Loy singled twice.
Rams escape late
UPPER SANDUSKY – Two days after falling via home run in the bottom of the seventh in a tournament game, Upper Sandusky did the same thing to Galion to claim a North Central Conference win.
Alex Kenner was the Rams’ hero, blasting a home run in the bottom of the seventh to overtake the Tigers, who plated all of their runs in the top of the frame, 5-3.
Kenner had three this and two RBIs on the day.
Ross Dible tripled and scored, Kolin Johnson doubled and scored and Sam Plott had a run and two RBIs off two singles.
Cameron Binau got the win in relief of Cody Gabriel, who went the first 6 1/3 innings. Gabriel fanned 14.
Warriors turn back Stockaders
SYCAMORE – Jacob Jeffrey turned a pair of walks into runs and struck out five over six innings Monday as Mohawk upended Midland Athletic League foe Old Fort 5-3.
The Warriors (11-11, 6-3 MAL) never trailed, but had to break a 2-all tie with a run in the bottom of the third.
Old Fort (5-17, 1-7) scored again in the fifth to get within 4-3, but Jeffrey started the bottom of the six with a walk, stole second and eventually came around to score on a passed ball for the final margin.
Derrick Sowers singled in a run for Mohawk, Austin Harper and Logan Hartsel each singled and scored and Austin Shock and David Dietrich both had an RBI.
The win moved Jeffrey to 3-2. Maison Steyer (0-3) suffered the loss for the Stockaders.
Brandon Tittle doubled in a run and Brad Heilman went 3 for 4 with two runs. Steyer singled and scored.