Ridgewood 13, Strasburg 2
STARSBURG -- Visiting Ridgewood High got the offense going late to roll to a 13-2 victory over Strasburg in Inter-Valley Conference baseball action on Monday.
Leading by a slim 4-2 margin after four innings, the Generals exploded for four runs in the fifth followed by a five-run sixth to coast to the win.
Junior Ryan Lowe recorded the win on the mound for RHS with a complete game effort. Lowe finished with eight strikeouts and walked just one. Elijah Palek took the loss for Strasburg, with two strikeouts and eight walks.
Senior C.J. Grove led the Generals (8-5, 5-0 IVC) with a 4-for-5 night with a pair of doubles, two singles and four RBIs. Zak Keesee chipped in with a pair of singles and three RBIs and Alex Croston added two basehits for the winners.
Starsburg (6-8, 1-6 IVC) was paced by Nick Froman with a double and single, while Tom Addy finished with two singles.
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Visiting Malvern High kept the Newcomerstown High Trojans out of the win column with a 5-2 victory in a Inter-Valley Conference match-up on Monday.
With the setback, the Trojans slipped to 0-14 overall and 0-5 in IVC action.
Mitch Loomis worked six innings to record the win for the Hornets, walking six with a pair of strikeouts. Jacob Rine took the loss for NHS, striking out five and walking eight in five innings of work.
Newcomerstown was led offensively by Tyler Wheeler with a double and single, while Nash Kissel, Jared Brooks, and Josh Green each added basehits for the Trojans.
Malvern's Nick Mohr ripped a double, single to lead the Hornets offense.
Indian Valley 4,
WOOSTER -- Shawn Mills hurled the Indian Valley High Braves to a 4-0 victory over Triway on Monday in a PAC-7 match-up.
Mills turned in a complete game effort with 10 strikeouts to improve his season mark to a perfect 5-0.
Mills also led the Braves (11-4, 6-0 PAC) at the plate with a pair of singles, while Brady Byers also contributed a pair of basehits for the winners.
Triway (8-3, 4-2 PAC) was paced by Tyler Schuch with two singles, while Colton Furr took the pitching loss.
Sandy Valley 17,
MAGNOLIA -- A rough fourth inning proved costly to the Newcomerstown High Trojans on Tuesday during a 17-6 road loss to Sandy Valley High in Inter-Valley Conference baseball action.
The host Cardinals tacked on a huge 12 runs in the frame to cruise home to the victory.
The Trojans used four pitchers in the contest, with Nash Kissel taking the loss for NHS. Jake Kail recorded the win for the Cardinals, working four innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
Newcomerstown (0-15, 0-6 IVC) collected eight hits with Jordan Wharff leading the way with a double and two singles, while Zach Gibson added a pair of basehits. Cole Hinton slugged a home run and finished with a pair of RBIs.
Zach Schlimm led Sandy Valley with two doubles, a single and two RBIs, with Caleb Deford belting a home run, single and two RBIs. Brandon Daley and Andrew Lancaster each chipped in with a pair of basehits for the winners.
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Host Ridgewood High used a four-run fifth inning to break open a tight game and record a 6-1 win over Garaway High on Tuesday in an Inter-Valley Conference match-up.
The Generals held a slim 2-1 lead before erupting for the insurance runs in the fifth frame.
Zak Keesee recorded the pitching win for RHS in relief of starter C.J. Grove. Keesee finished with two strikeouts and one walk. Tanner Miller was tagged with the defeat for the Pirates, with six strikeouts and three walks.
Keesee led the Generals with a pair of singles, while Gage Young and Alex Croston each stroked a double.
Garaway was led to three singles from Ethan Slentz, Duane Troyer and Kellan Mutschelknaus.
Canton CC 5,
Indian Valley 1
CANTON -- A lack of offense proved to be the undoing for the Indian Valley High Braves on Tuesday during a 5-1 loss to host Canton Central Catholic.
Cole Vance tossed a complete game one-hitter at the Braves, racking up 13 strikeouts in an impressive outing on the mound.
Picking up the lone hit for IV was Brady Byers with a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Sam Montgomery led Canton C.C. with a double and single.
SUGARCREEK -- It took just six innings as host Garaway rolled to a 13-3 'mercy rule' Inter-Valley Conference win over Newcomerstown High on Thursday.
Duane Troyer picked up the mound win for the Pirates with one strikeout and one walk. Jacob Rine took the loss for the Trojans with relief help from Cole Hinton in the second frame. The two combined to strike out one and walk one.
Garaway scored its 13 runs on 13 hits, paced by Jared Miller and Cody Mullet with three singles each while Brandon Johnson and Colt Kiser each chipped in with a double.,
Newcomerstown, still in search of that elusive first win (0-15, 0-7 IVC), blasted nine hits led by Josh Green with three singles. Tyler Wheeler added a double and Nash Kissel had a pair of singles.
Sandy Valley 4,
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Visiting Sandy Valley pushed across a run in the top of the sixth inning to edge Ridgewood, 4-3, in Inter-Valley Conference play on Thursday.
Caleb Deford and Zach Schliman combined on the mound for Sandy Valley, striking out 15 and walking seven. Ridgewood's Ryan Lowe and CJ Grove teamed for nine Ks and two walks, with Lowe (3-1) taking the loss.
Sandy Valley won with just four hits, including a home run by Caleb Deford and double and three RBI by Alex Sines.
For the Generals (9-6, 6-1 IVC), Grove collected a triple, single and an RBI and Alex Croston had a single and an RBI.
Heath 14, Ridgewood 5
Heath 14, Ridgewood 10
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Visiting Heath recorded a sweep of the host Ridgewood Generals Saturday by scores of 14-5 and 14-10.
In the opener, Ridgewood built a 5-1 lead the first inning, but couldn't hold off the Bulldogs who erupted for four runs the third and six the fourth to grab a 11-5, then added one additional run the sixth and two insurance runs the seventh frame for the 14-5 final.
Seth Walters and Dillion McPherson combined on the mound for the Generals combining for no strikeouts and seven walks.
Ridgewood managed just five hits off of two Heath pitchers with CJ Grove leading the way with a pair of singles, while Ryan Lowe added a double to drive in three of the five runs.
The nightcap had to go 10 innings before the Bulldogs plated four runs in the top of the inning for the 14-10 victory and sweep.
Heath broke a 1-1 deadlock in the top of the fourth with four runs, but the Generals responded with six tallies in the bottom of the frame to grab a 7-5 edge. The Bulldogs answered with three runs the fifth and two the sixth to build a 10-7 advantage, but Ridgewood knotted the score at 10 with three runs in the bottom of the seventh frame to force extra innings.
Following a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, Heath pushed across the four runs in the top of the 10 and the Generals were unable to answer to provide the 14-10 final.
Ryan Lowe was the hard-luck loser coming in in relief the 10th inning to strike out one. Seth Bergeron was the starter (3 Ks, 3 BB) followed by Grove (1 Ks, 2 BB), Brice Hammond (1 Ks, 2 BB), Zak Keesee and finally Lowe in the 10th inning.
Heath (9-11) had 14 hits paced by Waddell with a double and three singles, while Herring and Morris each had three singles and Romin added a pair of safeties.
Ridgewood (9-8) collected eight hits, all singles, with Alex Croston and Bergeron each stroking three safeties.
CANTON -- Still in search of that elusive first win of the season, the Newcomerstown Trojans ventured north to face the Massillon Tuslaw Mustangs in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Tuslaw managed a sweep of the Trojans, taking the first game by a 'mercy rule' 13-2 score and then posted a 9-6 win in the nightcap.
In game one, Nash Kissel was saddled with the mound loss for Newcomerstown with relief help from Zach Gibson in the fourth frame. The duo combined to strikeout none and walk three over the distance. Mark Meyer picked up the win on the hill for Tuslaw, going the distance and fanning five while giving up two free passes.
Tuslaw collected 13 hits paced by Meyer with a home run and double with DJ Blair adding a double and two singles, Ben Wake ripped a triple while Lance Priest and Alex Reed chipped in with a double each.
Leading a nine-hit offensive attack for the Trojans was Jared Brooks with three singles while Josh Green added a double.
In game two, the Mustangs Gibson absorbed the pitching loss for NHS, with Joseph Crank coming on in relief the fifth inning. The two had two strikeouts and two walks, all by Crank. Tylor Reedstrom picked up the win going five innings striking out four and walking none. He got relief help from Jake Wise and Gage Lau with Wise issuing two free passes and Lau fanning five and walking two.
Tuslaw (12-4) stroked 20 hits led by Lau with five singles, Meyer with a home run and double, Reed with three singles, while Priest, Wake and Justin Horne added a pair of singles each.
Newcomerstown (0-18) banged out 12 hits paced by Gibson with three singles while Brooks and Jordan Wharff added a double each and Green chipped in with a pair of singles.