STRASBURG -- That elusive first win continued to elude the Newcomerstown High Trojans baseball team on Monday, dropping a 10-3 decision to the Strasburg High Tigers in Inter-Valley Conference action.
The loss sends the Trojans to an 0-3 mark in the IVC, and 0-9 overall. Strasburg improves to 5-6 on the year.
Jacob Rine suffered the loss on the mound for NHS, working just one inning with one strikeout and four walks. Strasburg's Elijah Palek worked six innings to pick up the win, striking out five and allowing five walks.
Cole Hinton singled and doubled, while Jared Brooks added a pair of base hits to lead the Trojans with senior catcher Jordan Wharff belting a solo home run for NHS.
Strasburg was led by Landry Hostetler with a single and double, while Palek aided his own cause with a double that plated three runs for the Tigers.
Indian Valley 10,
Canton Timken 0
CANTON -- Visiting Indian Valley High enjoyed crooked number scoring innings in the first and fourth innings en route to a Monday 10-0 PAC shutout over Canton Timken.
The Braves pounded out 10 hits to make a winning pitcher of Caden McGuire, who worked four innings of relief.
Jake Davis, Brandon Fox and Garron Fawcett paced the winners' offense with a pair of hits and runs each. Both the Davis hits were doubles.
Indian Valley 6,
New Philadelphia 2
NEW PHILADELPHIA -- Visiting Indian Valley High pocketed a 6-2 non-league triumph over neighboring New Philly on Wednesday.
Braves pitcher Shawn Mills earned the mound win, fanning six, walking three and yielding just three hits.
IV leaped out to an early 5-1 lead after two innings and Mills did the rest with his arm.
Brady Byers paced the offense with a single, homer and a pair of RBIs. Teammate Nolan Rennicker scored twice and Coby Cool stroked a pair of singles.
Indian Valley 2
ZANESVILLE -- Indian Valley's baseballers did not find Zanesville to their liking on Thursday as they were on the receiving end of a 18-2 blowout loss at the hands of the Blue Devils.
The Braves managed just four hits in the six inning affair, one of which was a two-run homer by Garron Fawcett.
The hosts collected 15 hits off four IV pitchers.
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Zak Keesee tossed a one-hit shutout as the host Ridgewood Generals made the most of their three hits to claim a 3-0 Inter-Valley Conference win over the rival Newcomerstown on the diamond Thursday.
Keesee fanned eight and walked three in going the distance on the hill while giving up just the one hit. Jacob Rine was saddled with the pitching loss, striking out nine but giving up seven base-on-balls.
Alex Croston paced the Ridgewood offense with a double and Ryan Lowe drove in a run with a sacrifice.
The lone hit for the Trojans (0-11, 0-4 IVC) was a double by catcher Jordan Wharff.
Tusky Valley 7,
Tusky Valley 15,
ZOARVILLE -- A tough baseball season continued for Newcomerstown High on Saturday, as the Trojans dropped a non-league doubleheader to host Tuscarawas Valley by scores of 7-0 and 15-3.
In game one, Devan Votava of Tusky Valley was in complete control on the mound, hurling six innings of shutout baseball with five strikeouts and one walk to record the win. Taking the loss for NHS was Nash Kissel with one strikeout and two walks.
The Trojans' offense was limited to singles from Jared Brooks, Cole Hinton, Jordan Wharff and Derek Crank. Tusky Valley was paced by Sam Higl with a double and single.
In game two, the hosts wasted little time taking control with a huge 10-run first inning to claim the five-inning victory.
Newcomerstown starter Zach Gibson took the loss, while Ryan Strain picked up the win on the mound for Tusky Valley.
Offense again was a problem for the Trojans (0-13) with just six hits in the contest, led by Josh Green with a pair of singles.
Tusky Valley (7-9) was led at the plate by Cory Cline with two triples, double and two RBI, with Shaun Stotzer added a pair of singles.
LOUDONVILLE -- Going out of conference action Saturday, the Ridgewood baseball team suffered a sweep by the host Loudonville Redbirds suffering a 7-0 shutout in the opener and dropping a narrow 9-8 decision in the second game.
In the opener, host Loudonville plated five runs in the fourth frame and added two more in the fifth for the 7-0 shutout.
Cates kept the Generals off the scoreboard despite giving up seven hits, striking out just two and walking six. Edmondson came on to get the final out in the seventh inning with a strikeout. Seth Walters (0-3) took the mound loss for Ridgewood going the distance to strike out four and walk two.
Ryan Lowe led the Ridgewood offense with a double and single, while Zak Keesee added three singles. Cozier smacked a double and Weber had a pair of singles in the seven-hit attack by the Redbirds.
In game two, Loudonville came from behind in the bottom of the seventh with a pair of runs to overcome a 8-7 Ridgewood lead and claim the come-from-behind 9-8 victory.
Edmondson garnered the pitching win in relief of the starter Quickle and reliever Weber. The trio combined for 10 strikeouts and 10 walks. Keesee was the hard-luck loser in relief of starter Dillion McPherson, Seth Bergeron and CJ Grove. Keesee tossed the final 1.1 innings giving up one walk. The other three had a combined six Ks and eight free passes.
Ridgewood (7-5) out hit the Redbirds 12-11 led by Grove with a double and two singles, while Austin Lowery added three singles and Kody Hains a pair of safeties. Henley collected four singles for Loudonville, while Edmondson added a triple and single and Berry a pair of singles.
Indian Valley 13,
Indian Valley 4
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley High hosted Dover on Saturday afternoon in a non-league doubleheader with the two teams splitting the day's action.
Indian Valley took game one by a 13-5 final score, before Dover rebounded to claim game two by a 12-4 final score.
In the first game win, the Braves jumped on Dover freshman Keaton Lahmers for three runs to get off to the quick start en route to the win.
Nolan Rennicker picked up the pitching win for Indian Valley with a complete game effort, finishing with five strikeouts and one walk.
At the plate it was Brady Byers leading the Braves with a pair of doubles, a single and four RBIs, while Shawn Mills added an RBI double for the winners and Jake Davis belted a grand slam home run.
Wes Baker paced Dover with three doubles and a single, while Mason Mamarella added a double and single.
In game two it was the Tornadoes who got off to the quick start with a five run first inning rally.
Ashton Hall picked up the pitching win for Dover, while Caden McGuire took the loss for the Braves.
Davis connected for his second grand slam of the afternoon and singled to lead Indian Valley (10-4), while Koby Cool and Easton Guspyt each singled twice for the Braves.
The Tornadoes (11-1) were led by Jack Birtcher with a home run and single, with Cory Contini and Wes Baker each collecting a pair of singles.