Division III Sectional
WEST LAFAYETTE -- An outstanding pitching effort from Shenandoah's Ryan Lovette lifted the Zeps over Newcomerstown 2-0 in Division III sectional tournament action on Monday evening at Ridgewood High School.
Lovette tossed a one-hitter in the game and tallied 11 strikeouts to pick up the opening sectional victory.
"I thought we played one of our better games of the year," Shenandoah coach John Lovette said. "Ryan pitched a heck of a game today."
Newcomerstown's lone hit came in the second inning when Brayden Russell got a single for the Trojans.
"It makes it easy when you got a pitcher out there doing that good," Lovette continued. "The kids also did a great job keeping the balls in front of them and making the plays."
Shenandoah scored their first run in the first inning when Lovette was able to cross the plate after a single from Kaleb Thompson for a 1-0 lead.
The Zeps (8-14, 6-6 PVC) did not score again until the bottom half of the fourth. Devin Appold reached first on a single. He was then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and Jacob Warner advanced him to third with a single. Jeremy King then smacked an RBI single, which brought Appold home for the score.
However even with the victory, Coach Lovette says there is still room for improvement.
"We got to hit the ball better; especially with runners in scoring position," continued the Zeps skipper. "If we can do that, we can make a little noise in this tournament."
Newcomerstown struggled at the plate throughout the game and couyld not muster any offense
"You can't win too may ball games when you strikeout 11 times," said first year NHS coach Robb Hendershot. "We couldn't get any offensive momentum."
"Cole Hinton pitch well and we held them to two runs," continued Hendershot. "But when you can't hit and move the baseball, you're going to lose most of those games."
Newcomerstown now have a 5-18 record.
"I don't think that we are a 5-18 ball club," Hendershot said. "We lost a lot of close games, but we have just under performed all season."
The Trojans are scheduled to have one more make-up game this week with Malvern.
Hendershot is optimistic about next year. "Last year we only won one game, so we got a few more this season, and hopefully, we can keep building. We got a lot of guys back, and I'm looking forward to working with them again."
Division II Sectional
Indian Valley 11,
ZANESVILLE -- Sparked by a two-hit pitching performance from Brady Byers, Indian Valley scored an 11-0, five-inning victory over Maysville in the Division II Sectional Tournament at Gant Stadium on Wednesday.
Byers (3-1) gave up just two singles on the mound and he also contributed at the plate with a double and single.
Other hit leaders for the Braves (13-6) were Jayden Helter with a double, single and an RBI; Cody Eckstein with a double and single; Garron Fawcett with two singles and three RBI; and Koby Cool and Caden McGuire with a single and two RBI each.
Indian Valley scored four runs in the second inning; four more in the third and three in the fourth.
Division II Sectional
Indian Valley 0
ZANESVILLE - The "third time wasn't a charm" for the Indian Valley High Braves as they came up short against Dover 3-0 on Saturday in Division II Sectional Tournament action at Gant Municipal Stadium.
Dover (19-7) had swept a twinbill from the Braves during the season, so Saturday marked the Braves' third loss of the campaign to the Tornadoes.
Dover made the most of a half dozen hits, tallying solo runs in the first, third and sixth stanzas.
Dover pitcher Nick Lung kept the Braves' bats silent, yielding just three hits while fanning four and walking just one.
Indian Valley (13-8) never really threatened against Lung and saw just two runners reach scoring position during the loss, all of which helped make a losing pitcher of Shawn Mills, who's mound mark slipped to 3-3 despite fanning four and walking none.
Dover's first inning run came thanks to a two-out RBI single by Merrick Mamarella, scoring Cory Contini. In the Tornado third, Kyle Abel laced a two-out single. When Mills uncorked a wild pitch that IV catcher Jake Davis could not quickly find, Abel raced around to third, from where he scored on yet another wild pitch.
A third Dover tally came in its sixth when Ashton Hall's RBI single plated Evan Snyder.
"Give Dover credit," Braves coach Shannon McComb said, "they made the hustle plays. We hit some good balls, but they were right at their fielders. Shawn pitched well enough to win if we had given him some run support."
Division IV Sectional
WEST LAFAYETTE -- The combination of outstanding pitching and defense lifted the Shenandoah Zeps over Ridgewood, 2-1, in the Division III Sectional Tournament championship game on Saturday.
It was a pitchers' duel throughout most of the game.
Shenandoah hurler Ryan Lovette again tossed a fine game helping to keep the Generals scoreless until the sixth inning. Lovette struck out five batters and gave up only four hits.
"Ryan pitched really well," said Zeps' head coach John Lovette. "It looked like he was running out of gas toward the end, but I wasn't going to pull him."
Ridgewood pitcher Braden Smith did a fine job as well, also keeping Shenandoah scoreless until the sixth inning. Smith tallied three strikeouts and gave up six hits in the losing effort.
Shenandoah's Lovette started things off in the sixth inning with a bunt down the third base line and Kaleb Thompson singled to advance Lovette to second.
Next up was Tanner Moore, who delivered a single to right field which scored Lovette.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Ridgewood's Ryan Lowe singled to right to begin the inning. Trent Harrison was sent into the game as a pinch-runner for Lowe, and Dillan Shepler pounded a double to left field which enabled Harrison to score the Generals' lone run and tie the game at 1-1.
In the top of the seventh, the Zeps' Dakota Trenner hit a double to left field to set things up for a possible go-ahead run.
Two outs later, designated hitter Jeremy King smashed a double to left-center field which brought home Trenner for what would be the game-winner.
"It was a good game by all the kids," said Lovette, "but it was the juniors today that really helped us to win.
"Jorden Spense had a couple of 'Top 10' catches out in right field," the Zeps' coach noted. "There was great defense by everyone out there. I'm pleased with them."
Shenandoah now has a 9-14 record, while Ridgewood finished up the season at 17-7.