Division II Sectional Championship
Indian Valley 3, River View 0
ZANESVILLE -- The Braves got a strong pitching performance from Kyle Lehigh to come away with a 3-0 shutout of the Black Bears to win the Division II lower bracket sectional championship at Gant Municipal Stadium on Thursday.
Lehigh gave up just three hits and struck out three in six innings before giving up the mound in the seventh frame to Logan Cozart, who earned the save.
Indian Valley will now play Tuesday in a one-game district against either Indian Creek or Steubenville, who played Saturday with results not ready at press time. The district game will be played at Steubenville.
The Braves (17-7) scored quickly in the first inning when Zane Shuss cracked an RBI single. Chase Burcher ripped an RBI double later in the contest and an RBI single by Lehigh added some insurance.
Also contributing was Josh Schweitzer with a double and single while Cozart finished the game with four stolen bases and scored twice.
River View, who only had one hit and four total runners on base after six innings, got some life in the seventh with back-to-back singles. But Cozart came in to put down the next two batters and end the threat.
John Brillart took the loss for the Black Bears (15-8) as he gave up eight hits, struck out one, and walked none.
Division III Sectional Championship
Ridgewood 5, Tusky Valley 0
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- A complete-game, shutout performance by senior Thomas Ellis helped push the Generals to a 5-0 victory over Tusky Valley on Wednesday and claim the Division III sectional title at Tuscarawas Central Catholic HS.
The win put Ridgewood (19-7) into district play at River View High School on Monday against Fort Frye.
Ellis gave up only three hits while striking out two and walking three. The Trojans had their chances but stranded runners at third and second in the fourth and left the bases loaded in the fifth.
Freshman Ryan Lowe came through with the team's first run in the second inning by clubbing a single to bring home C.J. Grove, who got on with a base hit of his own.
In the fourth inning, Dakota Albertson nailed a single with the bases loaded for one run and then Lowe got another in with a sacrifice fly.
Three walks allowed Ridgewood to load the bases in the sixth before Lowe got his third RBI with another sacrifice fly. Ellis closed out scoring with an RBI single.
Connor Campbell gave up six base hits, struck out eight, and walked three in taking the loss for Tusky Valley (7-13).
Division II Sectional
Indian Valley 7, Maysville 5
ZANESVILLE -- The Braves shot to an early 7-1 lead and then held on for a 7-5 Division II sectional win against Maysville on Tuesday at Gant Municipal Stadium.
Indian Valley (16-7) scored five runs in the first inning and two more in the second but were shut out the rest of the way. Maysville (9-12) put up a run in the second and four more in the fourth but ran out of steam.
Jonathan Howard got the win on the mound while Mike Bush took the loss.
Leading the way at the plate were Kyle Lehigh and Holden Fellers with two singles apiece and Howard, who cracked a double. The Braves go up against River View on Thursday for the sectional championship.
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Ridgewood 11, Strasburg 2
WEST LAFAYETTE -- The Generals gave the Tigers an 11-2 drubbing on Tuesday in an IVC regular season contest.
Zak Keesee picked up the mound win for the Generals (17-7, 10-4 IVC) while pounding the ball at the plate with a double and single. Landon Smith came through with three base hits while C.J. Grove contributed two singles.
Division III Sectional
Ridgewood 2, NHS 0
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- In opening round Division III Sectional Tournament action at Tuscarawas Central Catholic last Saturday, it was an old fashioned pitchers duel as Inter-Valley Conference rivals Newcomerstown and Ridgewood did battle.
In the end, it was the Generals' Trent Lingo besting Trojan senior Doug Dorsey in a tight 2-0 Ridgewood victory. Lingo hurled six shutout innings, teaming with Thomas Ellis who worked the seventh inning to close out the win.
Dorsey went the distance for Newcomerstown in absorbing the hard-luck loss for the Trojans.
Ridgewood (16-7) was able to break the scoreless deadlock with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth frame. After loading the bases on a fielder's choice, a Dakota Albertson double and an intentional walk to Jacob Bone, Ellis drew a bases loaded walk and Landon Smith followed with a squeeze bunt to make it 2-0.
Tyler Craigo belted a triple and Paul Matthews had a double for the Trojans.
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