Division III district baseball semifinal
Indian Valley 9, Martins Ferry 5
WARSAW -- Bobby Hall came through with a three-run double with two outs in the top of the sixth to propel Indian Valley to a 9-5 comeback thumping of Martins Ferry in the Division III district baseball semifinals on Tuesday night. The game was played at River View High School.
The Braves, currently ranked sixth in Division III with a 22-2 record and on a 20 game winning streak, play number three ranked Sandy Valley (25-2) on Thursday for a regional berth. Results were not available due to the early press time for Memorial Day.
With the score 5-4 in the Purple Rider's favor, Adam Mizer led off the decisive inning with a walk. Alex Knecht then came through with a bunt single, followed by a base hit from Logan Gray to load the bases. At the two out mark, Hall clubbed the oncoming pitch to right center and over the reach of Martins Ferry's centerfielder.
That shot cleared the bases, putting Indian Valley up 7-5 and as it turned out, would be all the runs needed to secure the win. Hall would end up with four RBI for the game. Logan Cozart came through with an RBI single for good measure to make the game 8-5 as the Brave's sixth came to a close.
Mizer, who worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the last inning, was the winning pitcher. He knocked down 4 2/3 innings with no runs surrendered in relief of Matt Wheeler, the Brave's starter. Starter Michael Roach took the mound loss for Martins Ferry (13-11).
The Braves darted out to an early 3-0 lead when Hall hit a base hit with the bases loaded in the first inning. A fielder's choice resulted in another run while Zack Baker clubbed an RBI double for the third score.
The Purple Riders then came threw with three of their own in their part of the first, including two runs on a throwing error and Josh Wells' RBI single.
Once Martins Ferry took the lead, 5-3, on a sacrifice fly in the third inning, Mizer came on in relief to shut the purple bats down the rest of the way.
In the fifth inning, Johnny Iacobucci laced an RBI single to pull the Braves to within one, 5-4.
Indian Valley 300 104 1 - 9-12-2
Martins Ferry 302 000 0 - 5-12-5
WP: Adam Mizer (4-1). LP: Michael Roach. Top hitters: (IV) Zack Baker, Logan Gray single, double; Matt Wheeler 2 singles; Bobby Hall double. (MF) Dave Koch 3 singles; Josh Nagel single, double.
Newcomerstown 9, Conotton Valley 3
With two pitchers combining to throw a one-hitter, the Trojans closed out the baseball campaign with a 9-3 Inter-Valley Conference win over the Rockets on Friday.
J.C. Rine came on in the second frame and went the distance to pick up the win for Newcomerstown (8-18, 4-12 IVC), fanning 11 and giving up three free passes.
Johnson took the loss for the Rockets recording three strikeouts and two walks.
Doug Dorsey paced the Trojans at the plate with four singles and two RBI, while catcher Hayden McAfee added three singles and Cameron Wolf a double. Galigher had the lone hit for the Rockets, a single.
Sandy Valley 13, Ridgewood 12
MAGNOLIA -- The Generals made a valiant comeback effort back came up just short, falling 13-12 in their regular season close-out game against the Cardinals.
Ridgewood spotted Sandy Valley an 11-3 lead after three innings of play but came roaring back with an eight run, fourth inning to tie the game. The Orange and Black went ahead in the fifth frame with a single run, only to see the Scarlet and Gray score two in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the win.
Derrick Young was on fire at the plate for Ridgewood with two home runs and a single as he finished with four RBI. Brett Marlatt bashed a double and two singles while Skylor Dennis and Tyler McCullough both connected on two doubles apiece. Kyle Bradford also had a double.
McCullough was tagged with the loss on the mound for the Generals (12-15, 8-8 IVC) while Jordan Tozzi picked up the win for the Cardinals (24-2, 12-2 IVC).
Ridgewood 111 810 0 - 12-12-3
Sandy Valley 461 000 2 - 13-15-3
WP: Jordan Tozzi. LP: Tyler McCullough. Top hitters: (R) Derrick Young 2 home runs, single; Brett Marlatt double, 2 singles; Skylor Dennis, Tyler McCullough 2 doubles; Kyle Bradford double. (SV) Tozzi double, 2 singles; Jeff Brothers, Chris Williams home run, double; Cody Welker home run, single.