It wasn't a real good week on the baseball diamond for the local squads.
Ridgewood had the best week with a 2-1 record; Newcomerstown went 1-3 and state-ranked Indian Valley suffered three losses in as many games.
Strasburg 9, Ridgewood 7
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Three early runs proved to be the difference as visiting Strasburg edged Ridgewood 9-7 in Inter-Valley Conference play on Monday.
The Tigers took a modest 3-0 lead into the bottom of the third and from there, the squads pretty evenly matched each other. In fact, each team had a five-run inning. Trent Lingo took the pitching loss for the Generals despite his considerable offensive contributions of a single and double. Teammates Zak Keesee and Dakota Albertson also had productive days at the plate as Keesee drilled a pair of doubles and Albertson added three singles.
Ridgewood 5, Garaway 4
SUGARCREEEK -- Visiting Ridgewood bounced back from Monday's IVC setback to Sandy Valley by posting a 5-4 triumph over Garaway on Tuesday.
The Generals made the most of their six hits and took advantage of two Pirate errors.
Pacing the Ridgewood offense was Scott Dawson, who had a single and double. Chris Davidson added a double. Ryan Lowe and Brandon Smith each had RBI singles. Zak Keesee notched the pitching win with relief help from Dakota Albertson. The pair combined to yield eight hits, strike out five and walk three.
Ridgewood 13, Sandy Valley 7
MAGNOLIA --Visiting Ridgewood High picked up its 11th win of the season, defeating Sandy Valley by a 13-7 score in Inter-Valley Conference play on Thursday.
The Generals (11-6, 6-2 IVC) had several big hitters, including C.J. Grove with a double, single and four RBI; Dakota Albertson with a double, single and three RBI; Landon Smith with two singles and two RBI and Ryan Lowe with a solo home run.
For Sandy Valley, Zack Schlimm belted a three-run homer while Caleb DeFord and Jake Geiger each had a double and single.
Grove earned the pitching win in relief, taking over for starter Smith in the first inning. Smith had one strikeout and one walk while Grove notched nine Ks and three walks.
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Newcomerstown 7, Malvern 0
MALVERN -- The Trojans' Boss Gibson pitched a splendid two-hitter to propel the Newcomerstown baseballers to a 7-0 Inter-Valley Conference triumph at Malvern on Monday.
Gibson was in total control, fanning five and walking none in the complete game effort. The Trojans also played errorless baseball.
Newcomerstown (2-12, 1-5 IVC) pounded out 10 hits in the win with Eric Rose, Jordan Wharff, Tyler Wheeler and Paul Matthews each contributing two singles. Wharff and Matthews also had a pair of RBIs each
Sandy Valley 10, Newcomerstown 1
Visiting Sandy Valley matched Newcomerstown with 11 base hits, but got clutch hits and took advantage of four Trojan errors en route to a 10-1 Inter-Valley Conference win on Tuesday.
After a single run in its second inning, Sandy Valley's Branden Betz blasted a grand slam in the second as part of a five-run rally to all but put the game out of reach.
Newcomerstown (2-13, 1-6 IVC) had a half dozen players with hits, but their only tally came when Jordan Wharff hit a solo homer in the third.
Boss Gibson had two singles and a double to lead the Trojan hit parade while Josh Green and Paul Matthews had two singles each.
Joseph Crank, Zack Gibson and Jacob Rine all took turns pitching for the Trojans.
Buckeye Trail 12, Newcomerstown 3
After getting off to a slow start, visiting Buckeye Trail got hot the last four innings to record a 12-3 win over Newcomerstown on Wednesday.
CJ Beaver (3-1) went the distance on the hill to garner the win fanning five and walking four., Cody Fries was the Trojans' starter and loser, with relief help from Paul Matthews in the fifth and Jacob Rine in the seventh., The trio struck out seven and gave up seven free passes.
Buckeye Trail (13-5) had 12 hits, led by Zach Roe and Corey Gidcumb with three singles each. Hunter Ryan, Kyle Lashley and Cody Burkhart each chipped in with a pair of singles.
Newcomerstown (2-14) managed just three hits paced by Caleb Fenton with a pair of singles.
Garaway 18, Newcomerstown 5
Visiting Garaway High jumped in front early and never looked back to grab an 18-5 Inter-Valley Conference win over the host Newcomerstown on Thursday.
Not only did the Pirates out hit the Trojans 11-8, but Newcomerstown was guilty of six errors as the visitors put up five runs the second frame, then scored in each of the final four innings for the easy win.
Corey Yoder picked up the win with relief help from Miller and Kieser. The three combined for two strikeouts and three walks. Boss Gibson (1-4) suffered the loss with help from Cody Fries, Paul Matthews, Joseph Crank and Jacob Rine. The Trojan mound five had a combined five Ks and seven free passes.
Derek Yoder led the 11-hit Garaway attack with a three-run homer and a double while Corey Yoder and Toby Miller added two singles each. For Newcomerstown (2-15, 1-7 IVC), Crank cracked three singles, while Caleb Fenton and Josh Green added a pair of safeties each.
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Triway 9, Indian Valley 7
WOOSTER--Host Triway got a clutch two-run homer from Lane Drake as part of a four-run sixth inning to post a come-from-behind 9-7 Pac-7 triumph over Indian Valley on Monday.
The Braves (8-2, 5-2 Pac-7) got 11 base hits, but committed four errors. The setback made a losing pitcher of Kyle Lehigh, who yielded just six earned runs while fanning five and walking four.
Indian Valley's Holden Sellers, Mitch Kennedy and Jake Davis each had two hits while one of Davis's was a round-tripper
Triway 9, Indian Valley 7
GNADENHUTTEN -- For the second time this week, Triway eeked out a slim win over the state-ranked Indian Valley by a 9-7 score in eight innings on Wednesday.
The host Braves (8-3, 5-3 PAC 7) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to knot the score at four and force the extra frame. In the deciding eighth, Triway pushed across five runs, but IV came up just short scoring three.
Alex Bear (4-1) absorbed the pitching loss with two strikeouts and a walk. Lane Drake picked up the win fanning four and walking three.
Leading the Braves at the plate was Brady Byers with two singles and Jake Davis with a double.
Zanesville 15, Indian Valley 6
GNADENHUTTEN -- In was a tough week for the Indian Valley Braves as they dropped their third straight game, a 15-6 decision to visiting Zanesville on Thursday.
The Blue Devils scored six times in the first two innings, but the Braves battled back with a solo run in the third and five in the fifth to knot the score at six. Zanesville then erupted for nine runs the sixth inning to cruise to the 15-6 victory.
Matt Maxwell was the Zanesville starting pitcher and worked into the fifth frame. Wes Hudson came on in relief followed by ace Austin Miller who picked up the win. The three had two strikeouts, four walks and hit two IV batters. Shawn Mills suffered the mound loss with help from Brady Byers and Holden Fellers with the trio combining to fan four and walk five.
Zanesville (15-3) got offense from catcher Shane Biles with a double and two singles, while Colton Barcus added a double and single.
For Indian Valley (8-4), Mitchell Kennedy smacked a double and two singles and Byers added a pair of singles.