Ridgewood 4, Zanesville 3
ZANESVILLE -- Despite the host Zanesville Blue Devils posting a 10-5 hitting advantage, the visiting Ridgewood Generals snapped a 3-3 deadlock in the top of the eighth inning to open the season with a 4-3 victory.
Starter Braeden Smith (1-0) worked the first seven innings to pick up the win on the mound, while senior Caleb Tingle garnered a save working the final inning in relief. Smith struck out one and walked two, while Tingle had one strikeout of the three batters he faced. Zach Rutter suffered the hard-luck loss in relief of Josh Clark. The duo combined for 10 strikeouts, while walking five Ridgewood batters.
Dillan Shepler paced the Generals at the plate with a double and single with two RBI, while Tingle added a double. Jared Ball led the Blue Devils with three singles and scored once, while Clark added a pair of singles and scored one run.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy 6, Indian Valley 5
CUYAHOGA FALLS -- The host Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Royals snapped a deadlock at five with a single run in the bottom of the 10th inning Wednesday to claim a 6-5 Principals Athletic Conference victory.
The Braves had scored three times in the fifth inning to build a 4-1 edge, but the Royals answered with a single run the sixth and two the bottom of the seventh to force the tie at four. Both teams scored once in the eighth frame and the ninth was scoreless before CVCA broke the deadlock in the 10th frame.
The Braves utilized three pitchers with Jake Davis starting and working just one-third of an inning. Jayden Heller came on to throw six inning and Caden McGuire (0-1) finished out the final three innings and absorbed the loss. The trio combined for nine strikeouts and nine walks.
Indian Valley collected 12 hits led by Davis with a double and single, while Heller and Blake Ripley added a double each. Koby Cool added a pair of singles. The Royals had 13 hits.
Shenandoah 2, Newcomerstown 1
Newcomerstown 8, Shenandoah 4
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Host Newcomerstown High finally opened the season on Saturday and collected a doubleheader sweep with Shenandoah High in non-league baseball action.
The Trojans dropped a tough 2-1 decision in game one, but regrouped to capture an 8-4 victory in the nightcap with the visiting Zeps.
Sophomore George Brode took the hard luck picthing loss in game one for NHS, working a solid seven innings allowing just five hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Jordan Spencer collected the win on the mound with a complete game effort as well, with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Newcomerstown's offense was limited to just singles from Cole Hinton and Derek Crank.
Colton Wray led Shenandoah with two singles and an RBI in the victory.
In game two, the Trojans' offense came to life with a total of eight hits in the win, led by Brode with an RBI double. Chipping in with singles for NHS were Tyler Wheeler, Jared Brooks, Hinton, Joel Ebsersbach, Crank, Braden Russell and Jeff Baumgardner.
Hinton recorded the victory on the mound with a five inning outing for the Trojans, striking out eight with three walks. Crank tossed the final two innings in relief to seal the win with three punchouts and two walks.
Colton Wray led Shenandoah (1-1) with a pair of basehits with an RBI.