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Chieftains slip past Old Fort

PHOTO BY PAT GAIETTO Hopewell-Loudon’s Ethan Oswalt tags Old Fort's Kaleb Wilkinson out in a pickle Thursday in a Division IV district quarterfinal in Bascom.

BASCOM — In a pitcher’s duel with Old Fort, it was Hopewell-Loudon who scored a run on an error in the bottom of the seventh to get a 3-2 victory over the Stockaders in a Division IV district quarterfinal.

The Chieftains (18-5) advance to a district semifinal against Norwalk St. Paul at Clyde at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Chieftains had nine hits. Adam Sendelbach doubled, singled twice and drove in a run, Ashton Bour singled and drove in a run, Bailey Breidenbach tripled and Jaret Nelson doubled.

David Kupka lined a pair of singles for the Stockaders.

Noah Miller went six innings on the hill for H-L. He gave up two runs on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking a two. Ethan Oswalt pitched a scoreless seventh frame to get the win.

Kaleb Wilkinson allowed three runs (one earned) on nine hits in six innings in the loss. He fanned 12 and walked two.

Burkhart, Eagles

get past Calvert

NORTH ROBINSON — Calvert plated two runs in the fourth inning Thursday in a Division IV district quarterfinal, but that’s all it could manage in a 5-2 loss to Colonel Crawford.

Drayton Burkhart finished with 11 strikeouts and no walks in a complete-game victory for the Eagles (19-7). He scattered four hits.

Nolan Wuescher tallied three singles for the Senecas, while losing pitcher Josh Gase belted a home run and drove in a pair of runs.

Gavin Feichtner and Trevin Fairchild each singled and drove in a run for the Eagles.

Gase went six innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits with five strikeouts and a pair of walks.

Widmer twirls no-hitter

SYCAMORE — The combination of a no-hitter thrown by Cole Widmer and an eight-run fourth inning gave Mohawk a 10-0 run-rule win over Mansfield St. Peter’s in a Division IV district quarterfinal Thursday.

Widmer fanned six and issued just one walk in five innings.

The Warriors (15-6) will face Northern 10 Athletic Conference foe Buckeye Central in a district semifinal at 4 p.m. at Galion Wednesday.

Mohawk led 1-0 through three innings, but then erupted for eight runs in the fourth to blow open the contest.

Bryce Kirian lined two singles and drove in a pair of runs, Tyler Hayman hit two singles, Widmer singled and drove in a pair of runs and Tanner Osborn singled and drove in a run.

Bucks handle New Riegel

NEW RIEGEL — New Riegel out-hit Buckeye Central 11-8, but it didn’t translate to runs as the Bucks took care of the Blue Jackets 5-3 in a Division IV district quarterfinal.

Buckeye Central (9-16) started well with two runs in the second inning, plated another run in the third and then tacked on another two runs in the fourth to lead 5-0.

New Riegel scored two runs in the sixth and only one in the seventh to slightly panic the Bucks late.

Brady Biglin (double), Alex Kanney (RBI) and Brady Kerschner (RBI) all had two hits for the Bucks. Justin Dentinger and Kaiden Vaughn both singled and drove in a run.

Logan Schalk doubled, singled and drove in a pair of runs for the Blue Jackets. Nick Reinhart, Eric Theis and Hayden Hohman each had two singles.

Matthew Summers got the win on the bump, giving up two unearned runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out two. Vaughn pitched the final inning, scattering two hits.

Cole Noftz was the losing pitcher in 3 2/3 innings of work. He allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

9-run fifth lifts Tigers

ATTICA — Seneca East led Margaretta 2-1 through four innings Thursday in a Division IV district quarterfinal.

Then the Tigers erupted for nine runs in the fifth to get an 11-1 run-rule win over the Polar Bears.

The Tigers (14-9) will face South Central at 4 p.m. in a district semifinal at Clyde.

Carter Lacy tallied three singles and an RBI for the Tigers. Jake Hall singled twice and drove in a pair of runs, and winning hurler Rickie Lacy, Tyler Turek and Hunter Martin all doubled and drove in two runs.

Andrew Kalb doubled and singled, Chase Foos hit a pair of singles and Turner Bridgford ended with a single and two RBIs.

Rickie Lacy went all five innings, allowing a run on three hits, while fanning five and walking four.

“Our bats finally came alive today in the fifth inning,” SE coach Rick Bowerman said. “The saying that hitting is contagious was certainly true in the fifth as we strung together six hits in a row and nine hits altogether.

“Rickie Lacy wasn’t as sharp on the mound as he has been lately, but he was able to make key pitches when he needed to. Rickie’s younger brother, Carter, came up big today at the plate with three hits and two runs scored.”

Rams clobber Royals

UPPER SANDUSKY — Upper Sandusky finished its conference season with a 12-3 whipping of Northern 10 Athletic Conference rival Wynford Thursday.

Coincidentally, the two will play again today at Upper Sandusky in a Division III district quarterfinal.

In Thursday’s contest, the Rams (19-4, 14-2 N10) led 5-1 after two frames, and they out-hit the Royals 15-3.

Winning pitcher Cole Sowers doubled, singled and drove in three runs for Upper Sandusky, and Diago Cazares and Jason Holly each singled twice and drove in a run.

Ben Sheaffer and Brenyn Marquart (double) both had two hits, Ashton Shepherd singled and drove in two runs and Kolby Taylor, Jordan Wright and Parker Frombaugh all singled and drove in a run.

Josh Crall doubled and Kobe Allen singled and drove in a run for the Royals (8-16, 4-12).

Sowers went six innings on the mound, allowing an earned run on three hits, while fanning nine and walking two. Seth Benedict took the loss. He gave up five runs on six hits in three innings.

Redmen share the SBC Lake title

BELLEVUE — With a 5-0 win Thursday against Sandusky, Bellevue shared the Sandusky Bay Conference Lake championship with Norwalk.

The Redmen scored three runs in the bottom of the first and added two more in the second.

Winning pitcher Ethan Prenatt doubled and drove in a pair of runs for the Redmen, Trey Ruhlman recorded a pair of singles and Garrett Vickery doubled and drove in a run.

Prenatt twirled a two-hitter with eight strikeouts.

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