Ridgewood 16, Strasburg 7
STRASBURG -- Visiting Ridgewood High had its offense in high gear on Monday during a 16-7 victory over Strasburg High in Inter-Valley Conference baseball action.
The Generals banged out 16 hits in the victory led by senior Brice Hammond with a perfect 5-for-5 day with a pair of doubles and three singles. Trent Harrison and Kolten Alexander each chipped in with a double and single for RHS.
Junior Braeden Smith worked six innings to get the win on the mound for Ridgewood, finishing with one strikeout and no walks.
Cuyahoga Valley Christian 5, Indian Valley 3
GNADENHUTTEN -- Struggling Indian Valley High dropped its third straight game on Monday dropping a 5-3 decision to visiting Cuyahoga Valley Christian.
Senior Koby Cool led the Braves with a double, single with an RBI while Connor Fefguson and Kyle Enos each finished with a pair of base hits.
Garaway 12, Newcomerstown 2
SUGARCREEK -- Newcomerstown High fell in a five-inning mercy rule matchup at Garaway on Monday by a 12-2 count, in Inter-Valley Conference play.
Newcomerstown scored once in the first but then gave up crooked numbers in the first, fourth and sixth innings in the road loss.
Austin Miller was dealing for Garaway, as he fanned 11 hitters, walked five and tossed five frames to earn the win, while Ben Hartline took the loss for NHS with three Ks and a walk in five innings before being relieved by Brandon Septer in the sixth stanza.
Hartline and Joel Ebersbach each generated two hits for the Trojans, while Miller, Dallas Foster and Derek Briggs all collected two hits for the Pirates.
Canton Central Catholic 5, Indian Valley 3
CANTON -- The Indian Valley Braves kept it close but was unable to scrape up enough runs as they fell 5-3 to host Canton Central Catholic, on Wednesday.
Junior pitcher Wyatt Garabrandt struck out one, allowed two free passes, five runs and seven hits in a complete game effort for IVHS, but was handed the loss.
At the plate, Jarrett Helter and Easton Guspyt sparked the Braves' offensive attack with two hits each.
Newcomerstown 12, Buckeye Trail 2
Newcomerstown High junior starting pitcher George Brode got out of two bases loaded jams and the Trojans' offense plated four runs in the fourth inning to seal a 12-2 victory over visiting Buckeye Trail High on Tuesday, in a five-inning mercy rule contest.
Buckeye Trail (3-10) loaded the bases in the third on a hit-by-pitch and two singles but Brode avoided any damage, inducing two pop-ups to get out of the frame.
Trail had another opportunity in the fifth with two singles and a walk but Brode made a good pitch to get a fly ball to left to get out of the jam and end the game.
Brode picked up the win, tossing five frames, striking out two and walking one.
"He didn't let the game get too big for him," Newcomerstown coach Robb Hendershot said of his junior pitcher. "He got into some situations but he was relaxed, trusted his defense and threw strikes.
"We tell our guys to pitch strikes, trust the defense and don't overthrow," he added. "That is exactly what Brode did tonight."
The win puts the Trojans at the five-hundred mark with a 6-6 record, while Buckeye Trail falls to 3-10.
"We missed some opportunities that could have changed some things," Trail coach Mike Neuhart stated. "We threw our best pitcher at them and they hit him so hats off to them."
The Warriors only two runs came from the bat of junior center fielder Carter Streiff who belted a lead-off home run to start the game and another homer to left field in the fifth.
"He had an unbelievable game tonight," Neuhart said of his center fielder. "He was even making some great catches out there."
Other than Streiff's two blasts, the Trojans were in control as they scored in every inning that they came to the plate.
NHS knocked three into score in the first with a three hit-stanza and RBIs from Braden Russell and Bailey Guy to take a 3-1 advantage.
A lead-off walk to Andrew Johnson started the Trojans half of the second and he later scored on a double-play to short, followed by a Joel Ebersbach RBI to score Brode and extend the lead to 5-1 after two.
The hosts tallied three more in the third stanza on three consecutive basehits from Bailey Guy, Brandan Septer and a two-run single from Rylan Popadak, who later scored on a ground-out, making it an 8-1 ballgame, in favor of the Trojans.
After Streiff's second homer of the game, NHS loaded the bases on a double, walk and a hit-by-pitch to bring Popadak to the plate.
The sophomore first-basemen then crushed a Julio Rome pitch to deep center where Streiff made a clutch catch at the wall, before flipping over the fence and losing the ball from his glove.
The official ruling was an out since he had control of the baseball in play but after he fell out of play, two bases were awarded to each base-runner, which plated two more runs for the Trojans.
Andrew Johnson followed with an RBI single to wrap up the Newcomerstown scoring.
"We had a good approach today," Hendershot shared. "We weren't lunging at balls, we worked the count and put good swings on pitches."
Ebersbach and Septer paced the Trojans with two singles apiece, with Ebersbach driving in a run.
The loss on the evening went to Zach Grafton for Trail, who tossed three and a third innings, walked two and allowed eight hits before being relieved by Rome who walked and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning.
Trail delivered seven hits and comitted three errors, while Newcomerstown recorded a ten-hit game with two errors.
Ridgewood 17, Malvern 5
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Offense came early and often for host Ridgewood High on Tuesday en route to a lopsided 17-5 victory over Malvern High in Inter-Valley Conference baseball action.
The Generals opened with a four run first inning, followed by five in the second and finally seven runs in their third trip to the plate to take control at 16-1 after three innings of play.
RHS starting pitcher Hunter Mizer collected the win behind the huge offensive support, working five innings with one strikeout.
Trent Harrison led the Generals' nine hit attack with three singles and four RBIs, while Keith Leindecker added two basehits with three RBIs and Jarett Slusser singled twice with four RBIs for the Generals.
Newcomerstown 21, Conotton Valley 11
NEWCOMERSTOWN -- Host Newcomerstown High emerged with a 21-11 victory over Conotton Valley in an Inter-Valley Conference baseball slugfest on Wednesday evening.
The Trojans built a 13-0 lead after three innings and then held on for the IVC home win.
Bailey Guy paced the 15 hit Newcomerstown attack with three singles and five RBIs, while Brandon Septer added a double, two singles with an RBI and Andrew Johnson belted a triple with five RBIs. George Brode added a double, single with two RBIs and Ben Hartline collected a pair of basehits.
Braden Russell worked four innings to pick up the win on the mound for NHS with two Ks and five walks.
Indian Valley 5, CVCA 3
CUYAHOGA FALLS -- With a four run sixth inning, the visiting Indian Valley Braves built a 5-0 lead and then held off the host Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Royals for a 5-2 Principals' Athletic Conference victory Wednesday.
Jayden Helter picked up the mound win striking out six and walking four.
The Braves cranked out nine hits led by Helter who helped his own cause with a pair of singles. Jarrett Helter and Easton Guspyt chipped in with two singles each and Braeden Lehigh smacked a triple.
Indian Valley 3, Ridgewood 1
GNADENHUTTEN -- Indian Valley High struck for two in the first and one in the second in route to a 3-1 victory over visiting Ridgewood High on Thursday.
Cade Williams tossed a complete game for the Braves to pick up the win, striking out eight and walking three, while Brice Hammond took a tough loss with three Ks and only one free pass in six frames on the hill.
Delivering hits for IVHS were Jarrett Helter, Jayden Helter, Easton Guspyt, Connor Ferguson and Karson Hartrick, while Braeden Smith led RHS with two basehits.
Sandy Valley 16, Newcomerstown 2
It was a rough start to Thursday's Inter-Valley Conference home game for Newcomerstown High, as the Trojans fell to Sandy Valley High by a 16-2 count in a five-inning "mercy rule" affair.
Earning the win for Sandy Valley was Xavier Sarver with six Ks and three free passes in five innings. Joel Ebersbach suffered the loss for Newcomerstown (7-6, 2-6 IVC) with no strikeouts and four walks in two and two-thirds innings pitched.
George Brode, Braden Russell and Brandon Septer garnered the Trojans' only hits.
Sandy Valley was led by Austin Finlayson and Luke Kail, who each collected a trio of hits, followed by Paul Roberts who slapped a pair.