West Muskingum 4, Newcomerstown 0
West Muskingum 2, Newcomerstown 1
ZANESVILLE -- Handcuffed by the pitching of host West Muskingum, the Newcomerstown Trojans suffered 33 strikeouts as the Tornadoes swept a doubleheader Saturday by scores of 4-0 and 2-1.
In the opening game shutout, West Muskingum pitcher Jordan Hunkins (1-0) fanned 14 batters while walking four and giving up just four hits. Jacob Rine (0-1) suffered the loss with relief help from Joseph Crank as the pair combined for four strikeouts and four walks.
Nash Kissel paced Newcomerstown at the plate with half of the hits, a pair of singles. For West M, Kevin Every and Shai Ritterhouse each cracked a double and Parker Cordial had a two-run single.
In the nightcap, West Muskingum improved to 2-0 with a 19-strikeout effort from Kevin Every. Cody Fries (0-1) absorbed the loss for NHS with four strikeouts and a walk.
The Trojans (0-2) collected just three hits off Every, all singles, with Fries collecting an RBI single. Kevin Every, Austin Every and Seth Mirgon each rapped a pair of singles to lead the nine-hit West M attack.
Zanesville 6, Ridgewood 5
ZANESVILLE -- Ridgewood High opened the season with a road game at Zanesville and returned home with a 6-5 loss on Saturday.
Starter C.J. Grove took the pitching loss for RHS, with senior Zak Keesee coming in with five innings of scoreless relief work.
Keesee led the Generals at the plate also, finishing with a pair of base hits and two RBI of the Generals' total of five hits.
Matty Lynn led Zanesville with a double and single, while Josh Clark recorded the win on the mound with four strikeouts and one walk.
Indian Valley 10, Tusky Valley 0
GNADENHUTTEN -- Behind a stifling, one-hit pitching effort from Shawn Mills, Indian Valley High began its 2013 campaign with a 10-0 triumph over Tusky Valley in the PAC opener for each school on Monday.
Mills, a junior, worked six innings in the contest, fanning a half dozen and walking one. Only an infield single by Tusky Valley's Devon Votava spoiled a no-hitter.
The Braves (1-0 PAC) scored two in their third then broke the game open with a 'six-spot' in their fifth, before tacking on another pair in the sixth to provide a 'mercy rule' ending.
Garron Fawcett paced Indian Valley's offense with three singles and three runs scored. Mills, Nolan Rennicker and Koby Eckstein each added two hits and Eckstein had four RBIs. The offense made a losing pitcher of Tusky's Josh Wallace.
Claymont 12, Indian Valley 5
UHRICHSVILLE -- Host Claymont erupted for a five-run first inning then overcame a mild Indian Valley comeback by putting the game out of reach with four insurance runs in the fifth en route to cruising to a 12-5 win over the Braves in Tuesday action.
Claymont made the most of its 10 base hits and took advantage of a half dozen Brave errors.
Indian Valley managed just five hits, all singles. Nolan Rennicker stroked a pair of safeties, but suffered the pitching loss.
Indian Valley 9,
Tusky Valley 4
ZOARVILLE -- A five run first propelled visiting Indian Valley to a 9-4 PAC win over Tusky Valley on Wednesday. The Braves lit up Trojan pitching for a dozen hits.
Enjoying multi-hit games for Indian Valley were Nolan Rennicker, Brady Byers and Koby Cool. The impressive run support helped make a winning pitcher of Brandon Fox, who worked six innings, striking out seven and walking three.
The Braves' win upped their record to 2-1 with both triumphs coming over Tusky Valley this week.
River View 7
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ridgewood High presented first-year coach Chad Lahna with his initial win as head man at RHS with an 8-7 victory over visiting River View on Tuesday.
The Generals pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to improve to 1-1 on the season.
Senior C.J. Grove picked up the win on the mound for the Generals, with two innings of work in relief of starter Ryan Lowe. Grove allowed no hits, no runs and struck out three during his relief stint.
Grove and Lowe each led the RHS offense with a double, two singles while Gage Young added a pair of basehits.
Dylan Waters paced the Bears with a pair of singles, while M.J. Carey and Zach Hagans each stroked a two-base hit.
East Knox 9
HOWARD -- Darkness prevailed in Newcomerstown High's non-league contest at East Knox on Tuesday as the teams battled to a 9-9 deadlock before running out of daylight.
The Trojans (0-2-1) fell behind 8-1 after three innings, but rallied for two runs in the fourth and six in the fifth to knot the score.
Over the final two frames, East Knox's David Judson and the Trojans' Jacob Rine dominated on the mound, keeping the opposition from further scoring.
Nash Kissel paced the 11-hit Trojan offense with two singles and a double. Cole Hinton, Joseph Crank and Cody Fries each added a pair of singles.
Trojan pitchers Zach Gibson, Crank and Rine combined to allow 11 East Knox hits.
Sandy Valley 2
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ridgewood High made it two in a row with a 6-2 Inter-Valley Conference win over host Sandy Valley on Thursday.
Zak Keesee (1-0) picked up the pitching win fanning two and walking three with relief help for the final out in the seventh inning, a strikeout.
The Generals collected just five hits, but played outstanding defense with two double plays and a triple play. Keesee helped himself with a double and single at the plate, while Grove added a pair of singles.
Catcher Clay Honigford snapped a deadlock at 2-2 with an RBI single in the top of the seventh to propel visiting Garaway to a 3-2 Inter-Valley Conference win over Newcomerstown on Thursday.
Duane Troyer picked up the mound win for the Pirates (1-1, 1-0 IVC), fanning four and walking three. Colin Gerber got the save pitching the seventh inning with a strikeout and walk.
Cody Fries suffered the hard-luck loss for Newcomerstown (0-3, 0-1 IVC), striking out six and walking four while hitting one batter. Jacob Rine came on in the seventh with a pair of walks and a strikeout.
Newcomerstown out-hit Garaway, 8-5, led by Derek Crank with a double and single while Cole Hinton added a pair of singles.
Gerber cracked a double to lead the Pirates at the plate.
River View 9,
WARSAW -- River View High senior Josh Knight shut down the visiting Newcomerstown Trojans' offense on Friday en route to a 9-1 victory.
Knight struck out 14, walked two and held the Trojans to just four hits in a complete-game outing.
Senior Jordan Wharff ripped a double to pace the Trojans (0-4), while Cody Fries produced the lone run for NHS with an RBI groundout.
Newcomerstown starter Joseph Crank was saddled with the loss on the mound, finishing with two strikeouts and two walks.
Indian Valley 5,
BERLIN -- In a match-up of strong baseball programs it was visiting Indian Valley grabbing a 5-1 victory over Hiland on Friday.
The Braves banged out eight hits on the night led by Garron Fawcett with a strong 3-for-4 effort with a pair of doubles and a single, while Nolan Rennicker chipped in with two singles, a pair of RBIs and Shawn Mills laced a double.
Mills picked up the win on the mound, working six innings with nine strikeouts and five walks for the Braves.
DUNCAN FALLS -- After dropping a narrow 6-5 decision to the host Philo Electrics in the opener, the visiting Ridgewood Generals managed a split with a 12-10 victory in the second game of a twinbill on Saturday.
With four runs in the third inning the host Electrics jumped in front 5-2 in the opener. Ridgewood battled back with a pair of tallies in the fifth and knotted the score in the top of the seventh only to see Philo push across a run in the bottom of the frame to squeeze out the 6-5 win.
Seth Walters suffered the pitching loss striking out five and walking just one. Patrick Henry picked up the win in relief. Three Philo hurlers combined for seven strikeouts and six walks.
CJ Grove paced the Generals at the plate with a double and Dillion McPherson added a pair of singles.
In the nightcap, Ridgewood scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning to snap a tie at 10 and complete the split with the 12-10 victory.
Seth Bergeron picked up the mound win in relief of starter McPherson. The pair combined for eight strikeouts and six walks and allowed the Electrics just six hits. Cody Bush, the fourth pitcher for Philo, suffered the loss.
Ridgewood (3-2) banged out 14 hits in the winning effort led by Brice Hammond and Grove each with a double and two singles, Ryan Lowe with a double and single, while Bergeron and Gage Young each tacked on a pair of singles. Andrew Darman had three singles, Zak Sheridan a pair of safeties and Henry a double to pace Philo.