Tornadoes upset top-seeded Lexington in quarterfinal
LEXINGTON — Columbian combined good pitching with clutch hitting Friday to upset No. 1 seed Lexington 3-2 in a Division II district quarterfinal.
With the win, the Tornadoes (13-11) will play Ontario at 2 p.m. Thursday at Heidelberg. The Warriors have won 21 straight games.
Columbian started fast with a two-run single by Tony Szablewski in the opening inning. Pitcher Donavan Magill kept the Minutemen at bay for six innings. Matt Boes added an insurance run in the top of the seventh on an RBI single. Trailing 3-0, Lexington made things interesting with two runs in the bottom half.
Szablewski had another single and Riley Sendelbach lined a pair of singles for the Tornadoes.
Magill was a workhorse on the mound, giving up two runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked just one in a complete game.
Indians rout Redmen
in five innings
FORT RECOVERY — With a pair of five-run innings, Fort Rocovery dropped Fostoria out of the Division III district tournament.
The Indians sent the Redmen home with a 10-0 five-inning loss the the quarterfinal matchup. Fort Recovery opened the game with five runs and closed out the fifth with five more.
Alex Sierra went 2 for 2 for the Redmen while Jesus Garcia hit a double and Jacob Counts added a base hit.
Dylan Sheets suffered the loss on the mound in four innings of work. He had a strikeout and allowed seven runs (five earned) on seven hits and three walks. Counts tossed a 1/3 giving up three earned runs on three hits and a pair of walks.
Black Knights dominate Rams
VAN BUREN — Angel Garcia shut down the Rams’ bats and a big seven-run second inning propelled Van Buren to a 10-0 five-inning victory in a Division III district quarterfinal Friday.
Garcia gave up just two hits in five innings of work. Jason Holly was the losing pitcher, giving up seven runs on four hits, while fanning a pair and walking four in 1 1/3 innings.
Kade Steveson led the Black Knights with a double, a single and an RBI, while Jaden Tabler singled twice and drove in a pair of runs and both Kaleb Snodgrass and Cade Whitticar singled and drove in a run.
Diago Cazares and Arik Schneider singled for the Rams (15-8).
Ray’s solo shot h
elps Redmen advance
BELLEVUE — With the game tied at 1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Bellevue senior Bryce Ray stepped up and hit a clutch solo home run to give the Redmen a 2-1 Division II district quarterfinal win over Shelby.
Hits were hard to come by Friday as the teams combined for just seven. Bryce McMurray and Dalton Hay each doubled and Mike Zeitz drove in a run in the second inning.
Mitchell Wells pitched a complete game, allowing a run on three hits, while striking out four and walking five.
With the win, the Redmen advance to play Clear Fork Thursday at Heidelberg at 4 p.m.
Carey gets 22nd win
CAREY — Carey got one last tune-up before it plays in a district semifinal Wednesday with a 10-0 run-rule against Arcadia Friday.
The Blue Devils scored two runs in the first inning and then added four runs in the second and fourth innings.
Marcus Miller hit three singles and drove in a run for the Blue Devils (22-1), while Reece Mullholand, Easton Roark and Trey Bame all had two singles and drove in a run. Roark scored three times. Brayden Wentling singled and drove in a run and Grant Frederick drove in a run.
Wentling (7-1) was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits in five innings. He fanned five.
Kreais-led Chieftains bury Hornets
RAWSON — Hopewell-Loudon’s bats were ready to go Friday in a Blanchard Valley Conference game with Cory-Rawson. The Chieftains scored all 12 of their runs in the first five innings in a 12-5 victory.
Zach Kreais led the way with a triple, three singles and four runs scored. Cody Balliet added a double and three RBIs, while Jaret Nelson singled twice and drove in a run.
Noah Miller got the win on the bump, giving up five runs (one earned) on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of work. He struck out five and walked a pair. Ethan Oswalt pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing no runs on four hits.
Tigers keep N10 title hopes alive
MORRAL — Both Seneca East and Ridgedale scored in just two innings Friday in a Northern 10 Athletic Conference matchup. Seneca East scored two runs in each, while the Rockets managed just single runs in a 4-2 Tigers victory.
With the win, the Tigers (18-3, 13-1 N10) still have a chance to share the league title with Carey. They host Ridgedale today and Upper Sandusky Monday.
Kainon Ruffing and Brandon Best both hit two singles for Seneca East, while Chase Foos and Bo Smith singled and drove in a run. Jacob Hall, who was the winning pitcher, doubled. Spencer Walker and Tyler Turek each had an RBI.
Hall gave up two unearned runs on four hits, while fanning seven and not issuing a walk in a complete game.
New Riegel routs St. Mary
SANDUSKY — New Riegel score seven runs in the first two innings Friday and didn’t stop there in a 16-6 Sandusky Bay Conference River Division win over Sandusky St. Mary.
Nick Reinhart collected two doubles, two singles, an RBI and scored five times for the Blue Jackets. Cole Noftz (2B, RBI), Alec Zoeller (2 RBIs), Jacob Theis (2B, 3 RBIs) and Dylan Smith (RBI) all had two hits. Allan Acree and Ben Dryfuse each singled and drove in a pair of runs and Aaron Hohman finished with a single and an RBI.
Noftz was the winning pitcher, tossing three innings. He gave up five runs on five hits, while fanning five and walking four. Reinhart pitched four relief innings, allowing a run on six hits with five punch outs.