Indian Valley got the 2012 baseball season off to a strong start, posting three victories during the opening week of action.
Meanwhile, Ridgewood compiled a 1-2 record for the week while Newcomerstown was 0-5.
Indian Valley 5, Canton Timken 0
CANTON -- Nolan Rennicker tossed a one-hitter as the Indian Valley Braves opened the baseball season with a 5-0 win over Canton Timken on Wednesday.
Rennicker (1-0) fanned seven and walked just one in going the distance for the win. Nick Harvey took the loss for Timken (0-2) with eight strikeouts and four walks.
Leading Indian Valley (1-0) at the plate was Kyle Lehigh and Brady Byers each with a pair of singles and Dusty Byers added a double.
Indian Valley 14, Canton Timken 4
GNADENHUTTEN -- For the second straight night, the Indian Valley Braves owned Canton Timken with a 14-4 five-inning win on the home diamond on Thursday.
Alex Bare (1-0) picked up the mound win for the Braves with relief help from Brady Byers. The duo fanned six and walked four.
Tyler Blackiston took the loss for Timken with Sowick coming in relief in the fourth.
Indian Valley (2-0) was led offensively by Bare and Mitch Kennedy with a double each, while Brady and Dusty Byers each rapped a pair of singles and Dusty tossed in a double.
Indian Valley 10, Ridgewood 2
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley pitcher Kyle Lehigh yielded two first inning runs to visiting Ridgewood on Friday, but shut the door the rest of the way as the Braves notched their third win of the season by a 10-2 count.
Dusty Byers belted a home run for Indian Valley (3-0) while Jake Davis and Lehigh each had two singles.
For Ridgewood (1-2), Zak Keesee rapped a double and single and Dakota Albertson had two singles.
River View 5, Ridgewood 2
WARSAW -- Visiting Ridgewood managed just three hits and two runs in dropping the season opener 5-2 to host River View on Tuesday.
C.J. Grove paced the Generals' offense with a two-run double, while Brian Johnson led the Black Bears (2-0) with two singles and Josh Knight rapped a two-run single.
Michael Adams went the distance to pick up the mound win for River View, fanning seven and walking two. Ryan Lowe took the loss for RHS with relief help from Landon Smith as they combined for six strikeouts and two walks.
Ridgewood 11, Sandy Valley 1
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Host Ridgewood opened the Inter-Valley Conference schedule with a 11-1 mercy-rule win over visiting Sandy Valley on Thursday.
Trent Lingo picked up the mound win with relief help from Scott Dawson in the fifth inning.
The two combined for eight strikeouts and two walks. Zack Schlimm took the loss for the Cardinals, fanning four and walking nine.
The Generals (1-1) were led by Jacob Bone with two singles and three RBI; Zak Keesee with a pair of singles and Dakota Albertson with a single and an RBI.
East Knox 5, Newcomerstown 1
A lack of offense proved to be the undoing for Newcomerstown High on Tuesday, as the Trojans dropped a 5-1 decision to visiting East Knox in the season opener for both teams.
The Trojans (0-1) could only muster a total of four hits in the loss, led by Dustin Hickman who banged out three singles.
Newcomerstown's lone run came in the third inning, when Cole Hinton scored on a bases-loaded walk coaxed by Jordan Wharff for the RBI.
NHS starter Joseph Crank took the loss on the mound, finishing with three strikeouts and five walks.
East Knox was led at the plate by Moore with a double and two singles, with Green and Lazzaro each ripping a double.
River View 18, Newcomerstown 8
WARSAW -- Newcomerstown High endured a tough road trip on Wednesday, suffering an 18-8 setback to host River View in non-league baseball action.
Josh Knight picked up the pitching win for River View (2-0), while Cody Fries absorbed the defeat for the Trojans (0-2).
Garaway 9, Newcomerstown 5
SUGARCREEK -- Visiting Newcomerstown High had host Garaway on the ropes through four innings, posting a 5-2 advantage on Thursday.
Unfortunately for the Trojans (0-3, 0-1 IVC), walks, a pair of costly errors and timely Pirate hitting combined to produce six tallies in the bottom of the fifth en route to a 9-5 win in the Inter-Valley Conference opener for both schools.
The offensive eruption made a winning pitcher of the Pirates' Tanner Miller, who worked four innings in relief. For Garaway (3-0, 1-0 IVC), Clint Miller, Gabe Elmore and Colt Kiser each had two RBI.
Newcomerstown starter Boss Gibson took the mound loss with relief help from Joseph Crank.
The pair combined for six strikeouts and four walks, while surrendering eight hits.
Harrison Central 9, Newcomerstown 6
Harrison Central 6, Newcomerstown 1
CADIZ -- Newcomerstown High dropped a pair of games in doubleheader action at Harrison Central on Saturday by scores of 9-6 in the first game, followed by a 6-1 defeat in the second contest.
Jacob Rine absorbed the pitching loss for NHS in game one, finishing with one strikeout and two walks.
Dustin Hickman and Boss Gibson each singled twice to lead the Trojans' offense.
In the nightcap it was freshman Cole Hinton taking the loss on the mound for Newcomerstown with two walks and two strikeouts.
Gibson, Hickman, Caleb Fenton and Cody Fries all singled for the Trojans (0-5).