Blue Devils walk off against Falcons, advance to district finals
FINDLAY — Carey managed to pull out a win in Wednesday’s Division IV district semifinal against Riverdale.
With the game tied at two going into the bottom of the seventh, the top-seeded Blue Devils pushed across a run to advance to the district finals with a 3-2 win at the Marathon Diamond Fields.
The Blue Devils improved to 23-1 and will play North Baltimore Friday at 5 p.m. The game will be a rematch from the regular season, in which Carey won 6-5 on the road.
After three scoreless innings, the Falcons (12-10) got on the board first with a single run in the fourth. Carey responded immediately with a run in the bottom half before taking a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth. Third-seeded Riverdale knotted the game at two apiece in the top of the seventh, but again Carey retaliated and earned the win.
Trey Bame led the Blue Devils at the plate and on the mound. He finished 2 for 3 at the dish with an RBI double, a single and a run scored. He also improved to 11-0 on the mound.
Brayden Wentling went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, while Caden Owens drove in a run. Reece Mullholand and Marcus Miller each added a base hit.
Aiden Loveridge singled and scored both runs for Riverdale, while Wayne Frey had an RBI single. Frey also suffered the loss on the hill.
Big Red knock off Tigers
GALION — Fourth-seeded Plymouth managed to upset top-seeded Seneca East 5-0 in a Division IV district semifinal Wednesday.
The Big Red jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and added two more in the fifth.
“After Plymouth jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, I think we pressed a little too hard,” said Seneca East coach Rick Bowerman. “We tried to do too much at the plate at one time and weren’t patient.”
Hunter Martin led the Tigers’ (20-4) efforts finishing 2 for 3. Kainon Ruffing, Tyler Turek and Jake Hall each added a base hit.
Treven Lane tossed seven shutout innings for the Big Red. He registered seven punchouts and allowed only five hits.
“Hats off to (Treven Lane),” Bowerman said. “He did a great job of keeping us off balance.
“Even though the season did not end the way we hoped it would, I am so proud of our kids and all they have accomplished this year.”
Trojans upend Warriors
GALION — Isaiah Seidel tossed a complete-game three-hitter to help No. 2 South Central drop third-seeded Mohawk in a Division IV district semifinal Wednesday.
The Trojans topped the Warriors 6-1.
The Warriors (11-13) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Following a flyout to lead off the inning, Bryce Kirian doubled. With two down after a strikeout, Tyler Hayman drove Kirian home with a base hit for the lead.
The lead didn’t last long as the Trojans plated three runs in the bottom half. South Central added a single run in the fifth and tacked on two more in the sixth to secure the win.
Mohawk’s other hit came from Trey Combs in the first inning.
Cole Widmer tossed 4 1/3 innings and suffered the loss on the mound. He fanned seven Trojans and allowed four earned runs on seven hits and a pair of walks. Combs pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief. He struck out two, while giving up two earned runs on three hits.
South Central advances to face Plymouth in Galion Friday at 5 p.m.
Knights rout Redmen in five
TONTOGANY — After a scoreless first inning, Otsego piled on the runs to beat Blanchard Valley Conference foe Fostoria 12-2 Wednesday in five innings.
The Knights opened up the scoring with a five-run second inning before tacking on two runs in the third, three in the fourth and a pair in the fifth.
The Redmen plated single runs in the third and fourth innings.
Dylan Sheets led Fostoria’s efforts finishing 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Trey Groves and Jesus Garcia each had a base hit while Jacob Counts scored the other Redmen run.
Sheets also suffered the loss on the bump in 1 1/3 innings of work. He allowed five earned runs on five hits, while striking out two. Counts tossed 3 1/3 innings in relief giving up seven runs (five earned) on six hits and six walks. He finished with four strikeouts.
Redmen double up Chargers
BELLEVUE — Bellevue trailed going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but a six-run inning propelled the Redmen to an 8-4 win over Edison in a non-league makeup game.
The Redmen had 14 different players take the field and two different pitchers on the mound to stay tuned up for its Division II district semifinal matchup against Clear Fork today.
Bellevue took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but the Chargers responded in the top of the fourth to tie the game. Again, the Redmen took a one-run lead in the bottom half before Edison tied the game at two apiece.
Edison took a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth, but Bellevue’s offense came to life with a six run sixth inning to take the lead and secure the win.
Mitchell Wells had a pair of base hits for Bellevue’s offense. He drove in two runs and had a run scored. Bryce Ray went 2 for 2 with a single, a double, an RBI and a run scored. Dalton Hay, Trey Ruhlman (run scored), Mike Zeitz and Garrett Vickery (run scored) each had a hit and an RBI.
Kayden Vogel (doubled), Daniel Burris and Chase Eisenhauer singled and scored once for the Redmen. Deon Phillips had a double and Gavin Sparling scored a run.
Jimmy Davis got the start and tossed 3 1/3 innings of work. He registered three strikeouts, while allowing an unearned run on a hit and three walks. Ethan Prenatt pitched 3 2/3 innings of relief fanning five, while giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits.
Tornadoes top Blue Streaks
SANDUSKY — Despite being out-hit and scoring in only one inning, Columbian managed to squeeze out a 3-2 win over Sandusky Bay Conference Lake Division rival Sandusky Wednesday.
The Blue Streaks tallied the the first run of the game in the home half of the second. The Tornadoes pushed across three runs in the third and held Sandusky to a single run in the fourth to secure the win.
Quinton Smith led Columbian with a pair of base hits and a run scored. Tony Sablewski had TC’s lone RBI in the game, while Braden Brown and Gabe Reyes each scored a run. Matt Boes and Donovan Magill each had a single.
Reyes pitched a complete game, striking out seven Streaks, while allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks.