With the regular season quickly winding down for area high school baseball teams, the Ridgewood Generals posted a 2-0 week in Inter-Valley Conference play, while the Newcomerstown Trojans were 1-2 and the Indian Valley Braves, despite being close in several games, were winless in five games to drop to 9-10 on the year.
Ridgewood 12, Malvern 0
MALVERN -- Ridgewood High opened a new week with a 12-0 five-inning road victory over Malvern High in Inter-Valley Conference baseball action on Monday.
The Generals had their big sticks out in this one, belting three home runs in the victory including a pair from Trent Lingo, along with a two-run blast from winning pitcher Ryan Lowe. Lowe went the distance on the mound to improve to 3-1 on the year, striking out nine with two walks.
Chris Davidson chipped in with a double, two singles and three RBI for the Generals (12-6, 7-2 IVC), while Scott Dawson and Dakota Albertson each ripped RBI doubles.
Nick Mohr led the Hornets with a double and single.
Ridgewood 1, Tusky Catholic 0
WEST LAFAYETTE -- A solo home run in the fourth inning by Ridgewood's Trent Lingo was the difference in the Generals' 1-0 victory over visiting Tuscarawas Central Catholic in Inter-Valley Conference baseball action on Tuesday.
Zak Keesee went the distance for RHS (13-6, 8-2 IVC), striking out five and walking three to improve to 3-1 on the season.
In addition to Lingo's long ball, Jacob Bone and Dakota Albertson each singled for the Orange and Black.
Michael Lawless ripped a pair of singles for Tuscarawas Central Catholic (11-5, 4-5 IVC), while Andrew Cugliari and Travis Craven each doubled.
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Fairless 2, Indian Valley 1
GNADENHUTTEN -- Host Indian Valley began the week on a sour note, dropping a 2-1 Pac-7 pitchers' duel to Fairless on Monday. IV pitcher Nolan Rennicker went the distance, giving up just five hits, striking out three and walking none.
Unfortunately for the locals, Fairless' Travis Widder was even more impressive, yielding just three hits to the Braves, fanning a dozen and walking four.
Austin Matheson singled twice for the winners.
Canton CC 5, Indian Valley 2
CANTON -- Tuesday's road trip up I-77 to Canton turned out to be disappointing for Indian Valley, as the Braves dropped a 5-2 decision at Canton Central Catholic.
CCC pitcher Eric Frohman stifled the Braves' bats, limiting IV to just four hits and only two scoring innings. Two of the Braves' hits were of the extra base variety with Brandon Fox lacing a double and Jake Davis drilling a homer.
Central Catholic took a quick 3-0 lead in the first and added insurance tallies in their fifth and sixth.
With the loss, Indian Valley dropped to 9-7 this spring.
Fairless 3, Indian Valley 1
NAVARRE -- For the second time this week, Indian Valley dropped a close decision to league rival Fairless, losing a 3-1 road decision on Wednesday.
Fairless pitcher Jordan Knight limited the Braves (9-8, 5-5 Pac-7) to six hits in seven innings of work, fanning seven and walking one.
Indian Valley pitcher Shawn Mills gave up just seven hits and struck out four.
Austin Matheson and Mike Durben each had two hits for the winners (9-8, 7-3 Pac-7), while Brandon Fox had the only Brave extra base hit, a double.
Tri-Valley 4, Indian Valley 3
Tri-Valley 7, Indian Valley 4
GNADENHUTTEN -- Closing out a tough week on the diamond, the Indian Valley Braves dropped both ends of a twinbill Saturday to visiting Tri-Valley by scores of 4-3 and 7-4 as the Braves went winless for the week.
In the opener, Indian Valley jumped to a 2-0 lead, but gave up four runs in the fourth inning and could only manage a single run in the sixth frame the remainder.
Kyle Lehigh suffered the mound loss for the Braves, while Brian Lefever garnered the pitching win for the Scotties.
The visiting Scotties out hit the Braves 6-5 led by Cameron Brewer with a pair of singles. Brady Byers paced IV at the plate with two singles.
In the nightcap, Indian Valley (9-10) again jumped into a lead snapping a first inning 1-1 tie with a run in the second and two in the third for a 4-1 edge. The score remained that way until the top of the seventh inning when Tri-Valley erupted for six runs to capture the 7-4 victory.
Zach Girton gained the pitching win for the Scotties, while Shawn Mills was saddled with the loss.
Again the hits were close with Tri-Valley posting a 8-7 edge with Brock Welker pacing the offense with a pair of singles and Matt West added a double. Garron Fawcett smacked two doubles and a single and Mitch Kennedy added a double and single for Indian Valley.
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Hiland 10, Newcomerstown 0
BERLIN -- Visiting Newcomerstown ran into an impressive pitching performance from Hiland's Jordan Yoder, who spun a stifling one-hitter en route to leading the Hawks to a "mercy rule" 10-0 whitewashing of the Trojans in Monday IVC baseball.
Hiland opened the scoring with a pair in the first and maintained that lead through the Trojan fourth. The Hawks plated another pair of runs in their fourth, then broke the contest open with six in the fifth.
Yoder was dominant, yielding a harmless double to Paul Matthews while fanning 11 and walking just one.
The Hiland offense generated nine safeties off of Trojan pitchers Joesph Crank and Jacob Rine.
Hiland's offense was paced by Dylan Kaufman, who singled and homered.
Newcomerstown 3, Coshocton 2
COSHOCTON -- Visiting Newcomerstown High made a game-winning RBI single from Caleb Fenton in the top of the seventh hold up for a 3-2 non-league win on Tuesday.
Fenton's clutch safety plated Boss Gibson, who had singled earlier in the inning, with the winning run.
The late heroics made a winning pitcher of Jacob Rine, who tossed a one-hitter at the Redskins while fanning five and walking seven.
Newcomerstown (3-16) collected 10 hits off of Coshocton pitcher James Johnson. Pacing the Trojans' hit parade was Paul Matthews with a single and a double. Teammates Jordan Wharff and Eric Rose each had two singles and Joseph Crank added a double.
Isaiah Jackson had the only hit for the losers, a single.
Tuslaw 6, Newcomerstown 5
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- The host Trojans jumped out to early leads of 3-0 and 4-3 before Saturday's game with Tuslaw turned into a pitchers' duel.
Tuslaw plated a pair in their fourth to go up 5-4, only to see Newcomerstown knot the score with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
In the extra frame, Tuslaw pushed across a run which the Trojans could not answer in their half of the inning, thus taking a 6-5 non-league triumph.
The guests greeted three Trojan pitchers for 11 base hits with Graham Burrow and Phillip Zorger combining for seven of them.
For Newcomerstown, Boss Gibson paced the eight hit attack with three singles. Dustin Hickman added a double and three RBIs.
Joseph Crank suffered the mound loss in relief.