Seneca East snares share of N10 title
ATTICA — Make it three out of four.
Seneca East got timely hitting early and countered some errors in the field Monday to beat Upper Sandusky 4-1 and finish tied atop the Northern 10 Athletic Conference standings with Carey.
The Tigers and Carey both ended the N10 slate 15-1, giving Seneca East at least a share of its third conference title over a four-year stretch. Seneca East won outright crowns in 2015 and 2017 before sharing this year’s title.
“I’m very proud of my team. This past week, every game has been a ‘win or go home’ game, and every game we have risen to the occasion,” Seneca East coach Rick Bowerman said. “Bo Smith delivered another dominating game on the mound today, Chase Foos made several big plays for us at shortstop, and every player contributed in some way to help us win.”
Smith (10-1) figured big in Monday’s win, fanning five and allowing just four hits, three walks and an unearned run in a complete-game effort. He also doubled and scored in a three-run third inning.
The Tigers (20-3) never trailed.
They took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kainon Ruffing hit a leadoff single and went to third on the play on an error by Upper Sandusky third baseman Brenyn Marquart before scoring on Hunter Martin’s two-out single.
In the third, Ruffing led off with a single and went to third on Smith’s double. Ricky Lacy then drew an intentional walk to load the bases.
Ruffing scored on a wild pitch, Tyler Turek singled in Smith and Lacy later scored when Brandon Best grounded out to make it 4-0.
It stayed that way until the sixth.
Upper Sandusky’s Jevon Dible reached first on an error by Martin at third, went to second on Marquart’s ground out, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Keaton Cunningham’s single.
But two ground outs ended that threat, making Cunningham one of eight runners left on base by the Rams (15-9, 11-5) — one at third in the first, one at first in the second, one at first in the third, one at second in the fourth, runners at second and third in the fifth, and one at first in the seventh.
Cunningham ended 2 for 3 for Upper Sandusky and Diago Cazares and Parker Frombaugh both singled.
Connery Byrne suffered the loss.
Hohman’s walkoff pushes Blue Jackets past St. Joe, 7-6
NEW RIEGEL — Aaron Hohman singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh Monday to push New Riegel past Sandusky Bay Conference River Division foe Fremont St. Joe 7-6.
The Blue Jackets led 3-0 after the third inning, but had to scored once in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead before needing to plate two more in the sixth to tie the game at 6.
St. Joe nearly scored again in the top of the seventh.
Isaac Jimenez reached on a dropped third strike with one out, went to second on a ground out and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Back-to-back walks then loaded the bases before a ground out ended the threat.
Then New Riegel went to work.
Allan Acree drew a one-out walk and, after a strikeout, got to second when St. Joe pitcher Ricky Geyer committed an error.
That brought up Hohman, who knocked a 2-2 pitch into left for the win.
Hohman ended 3 for 3 with two doubles and a run, Cole Noftz drove in two runs, tripled, singled and scored, and Nick Reinhart and Dylan Smith both had a double, single, run and RBI.
Jacob Theis added a double and RBI, and Alec Zoeller and Ben Dryfuse both singled and scored.
Acree got the win, fanning seven in three innings of relief. Two of the four runs scored on him were unearned.
Zoeller started for the Blue Jackets, striking out nine.
Geyer took the loss for the Crimson Streaks in a relief effort.
Logan Black and Dylan Filliater both scored twice and singled twice for St. Joe. Garrett Michael had a run, single and RBI, Brody Deck had a single and RBI, Zach Wonderly singled and Noah Drown scored.
Loveridge, Falcons handcuff Warriors
SYCAMORE — Riverdale pitcher Alec Loveridge allowed just four hits Monday in a 3-1 win against Mohawk.
Loveridge fanned 11 and walked just two to get the win for the Falcons.
Kedryk Leeth doubled in Parker Brown in the third inning for the Warriors to cut the deficit to 2-1, but Mohawk (11-12) had just one baserunner after that in the game.
Leeth ended 3 for 3 and Cole Widmer also singled.
Rico Lopez took the loss.