Ridgewood 12, Central Catholic 7
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- The Generals got a parting shot at the Saints as they defeated their IVC rival on Monday, 12-7, in a make-up contest. The win kept Central Catholic from an outright IVC title as Hiland defeated Sandy Valley for a co-share of the championship.
Ridgewood (19-12, 11-5 IVC) took a 2-0 lead in the second inning only to see Central Catholic respond with six runs in the bottom half of the frame. The score remained 6-2 until the sixth inning rolled around and then the runs began pouring in for Ridgewood.
Three outs later, the Generals led 12-6 with their 10 run outburst. The Saint's pitching department issued an astounding 11 walks. Thomas Ellis launched a grand slam for the lead highlight. Teammate Chris Roberts came through with a home run and single while Brandon Fellows connected on two base hits.
Picking up the mound win in relief was Kyle Bradford. Tommy Sampsel took the loss.
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D-III District final
Garaway 8, Ridgewood 1
STEUBENVILLE -- The Pirates busted loose from a 0-0 deadlock in the last three innings to come away with an 8-1 win over the Generals in the Division III district championship at Vacarro Field on Sunday.
Ridgewood closed out the season with an 18-12 record while Garaway improved to 22-6 in moving on to a regional game against Federal Hocking at Athens on Thursday.
Starting pitchers Trent Lingo (Generals) and Spencer Festi (Pirates) were on top of their games as neither team could plate a run Garaway pushed across three in the top of the fifth. A walk by Kody Stess, a single by Seth Miller, and a Ridgewood error allowing Hunter Conkle to reach first loaded the bases. A wild pitch scored one runner and then a double by freshman Duane Troyer, who had two doubles on the day, scored two more runs. It would be all the runs the Pirates needed, although they added one insurance marker in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh.
Festi, despite pitching with a broken left hand suffered earlier in the season, had a no-hitter going until Brian McElhaney got an infield single in the sixth. Kyle Bradford followed with a base hit but Festi escaped with no scoring damage.
The Generals broke the shutout in their last at-bats when McElhaney delivered a groundout RBI.
It was Festi's seventh win of the season. Conkle picked up the save with one inning of relief. Lingo was tagged with the loss.
An uncharacteristic four errors by the Orange and Black led to three unearned Pirate runs.
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