Hiland 10,

Newcomerstown 0

BERLIN -- Derek Miller tossed a complete game one-hitter to shut out the visiting Newcomerstown High in Inter-Valley Conference baseball action on MOnday night.

Miller allowed just a single from the Trojans' Brandon Septer finishing with six Ks and three walks. Bailey Guy absorbed the loss on the mound for the Trojans, walking six with no strikeouts.

Mitch Massaro and Chris Kline each doubled and singled to pace the Hawks offense with Bryan Yoder stroking a double

Sandy Valley 2,

Ridgewood 1

MAGNOLIA -- Jared Scolati struck out nine and walked two, while allowing the visiting Ridgewood Generals just two hits to claim a complete game win Monday as the host Sandy Valley Cardinals beat the Generals 2-1 in Inter-Valley Conference play.

Braeden Smith went five and one-third innings on the mound for Ridgewood and was saddled with the loss fanning five and giving up two free passes. Rayven Davidson came on to close it out in the sixth with no stats.

The two hits for Ridgewood were both singles by Smith and Kolton Alexander with Alexander scoring the lone run.

Sandy Valley collected six hits paced by Austin Fintayson with a pair of singles, while Austin Dierick added a RBI double.

Garaway 14,

Newcomerstown 3

An eight-run first inning was too much for Newcomerstown High to overcome as the Trojans dropped a 14-3 mercy rule decision to Garaway High on Tuesday, in Inter-Valley Conference action.

Joel Ebersbach took the loss after tossing two frames and walking four, before Rylan Popadak came on in the third to finish the game with a punch out and five free passes allowed.

The win went to Austin Miller who punched out three and walked one and crushed a grand-slam at the plate in the first.

Newcomerstown (8-12, 2-12 IVC) was led at the plate by George Brode and Brayden Russell who each singled and doubled.

B.J. Schwartz delivered a trio of hits to pace Garaway, followed by Miller and Ian Hershberger who each recorded a pair of hits.

Ridgewood 5,

Strasburg 2

WEST LAFAYETTE -- In an Inter-Valley Conference battle on Tuesday, it was Ridgewood High emerging victorious over visiting Strasburg High by a final score of 5-2.

Ridgewood starting pitcher Kolton Alexander went two innings and received a no-decision allowing two free passes and Rayven Davidson came in and went five strong innings to finish the game with four Ks and one walk to get the win on the mound for the Generals.

Jay DiBacco took the loss for Strasburg with a complete game effort, striking out four and walking a pair.

Brice Hammond, Alexander, Davidson, Keith Leindecker, Braeden Smith and Hunter Mizer delivered the six RHS hits, while Mitch Neidenthal paced Strasburg with two base-knocks.

Ridgewood 11,

East Canton 1

EAST CANTON -- Brice Hammond paced the visiting Ridgewood Generals to a 11-1, six-inning, "mercy-rule" Inter-Valley Conference win over the host East Canton Hornets Wednesday.

Hammond picked up the win on the hill striking out four and walking three. He also paced the offense with a pair of doubles to drive in three runs. Logan Mercer and Matt Gothard shared the mound duties for the Hornets combining for four Ks and six walks with Mercer saddled with the loss.

Ridgewood banged out 11 hits paced by Hammond with Keith Leindecker adding a double and single, while Trent Harrison and Rayven Davidson each tacked on a two-bagger.

East Canton managed just three hits off Hammond, all singles by three different players.

Ridgewood 20,

Malvern 1

MALVERN -- Ridgewood High made quick work of host Malvern on Thursday, scoring 16 runs in the first inning en route to a 20-1, five-inning "mercy rule" win in Inter-Valley Conference play.

The Generals pounded out 16 hits in the win, led by Kaden Edie with three singles and three RBI; Trent Harrison with two singles and three RBI; Braeden Smith with two singles and two RBI; and Kolton Alexander with two singles and one RBI. Brice Hammond contributed a home run and three RBI and Hunter Mizer had a double.

The trio of Alexander, Jarrett Slusser and Nick Morton combined for five striekouts and two walks on the mound for RHS. Gavin Potts and Chase Meyer teamed for three Ks and six walks for Malvern.

Jake Foster led Malvern with two singles

Division III Sectional Tournament

Bellaire 13, Newcomerstown 6

Expectations were high for sixteen seeded Newcomerstown High on Saturday with the Trojans hosting their opening round Ohio High School Association Division III Sectional with number seventeenth seed Bellaire High by virtue of earning the higher seed.

The first round sectional match-up was the first ever hosted in NHS history, but due to some struggles on defense turned out to be a tough afternoon in dropping a 13-6 decision to the Big Red to make a quick exit from the tournament trail.

"Today was very disappointing...we had the opportunity to host our first ever tournament game and just didn't play very well," Newcomerstown coach Robb Hendershot explained. "We just didn't make the routine plays you just have to make," Hendershot added. "It comes down to a lack of focus on the fundamental details that has plagued us all season."

The Trojans were guilty of six errors in the contest which greatly aided the Bellaire offense and the struggles started early.

After two innings the Trojans had taken a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the second frame with Brayden Russell scoring on a passed pall after reaching on a Bellaire miscue.

In the top of the third the roof caved in on Newcomerstown starter Joel Ebsersbach with Bellaire plating seven runs on five hits with a pair of costly NHS errors along the way.

In addition to a lack of defensive support from his team mates, Ebersbach had trouble finding the strike zone allowing three walks before Hendershot was forced to make a pitching change with one out. Senior Ben Hartline took over on the mound for the Trojans and got out of the inning by collecting back to back strikeouts.

"Joel didn't have it today and could not find the strike zone and we didn't help him out much defensively," Hendershot said. "That's just not a very good combination to have when you are trying to win a tournament game."

Now down 7-1 the Trojans continued to show fight and quickly answered the Bellaire rally with a run in the bottom of the third with an Ebersbach RBI single to pull within 7-2.

Hartline did his job to keep the Trojans in the game with back to back came out 1-2-3 innings in the fourth and fifth frames.

Newcomerstown took advantage of Hartline's steady work and added a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth off Bellaire starter Bear Cumberlidge to reduce the deficit to 7-4.

But in the top of the sixth the Trojans' defensive struggles resurfaced once again leading to a three-run rally by the Big Red to extend out to a 10-5 advantage.

"Ben just did a great job of coming in and throwing strikes," Hendershot offered. "He kept us in the game and gave us a chance and again we shot ourselves in the foot."

Bellaire then closed out the first round sectional victory by tacking on three runs in the top of the seventh for the 13-6 win.

Hendershot was able to find a bright spot in his Trojans continued to battle despite being down the majority of the contest.

"We had some chances in the game and were working hard to stay in it," Hendershot said. "But we have lots of room for improvement, just when we seem like we got something going our inexperience would jump us and bite us."

Cumberlidge finished with a complete game outing to reel in the pitching win for Bellaire (8-17), finishing with 10 Ks and a pair of walks.

Ebersbach took the loss for the Trojans (9-13) with one strikeout and three walks in two plus innings of work, while Hartline recorded two Ks and three walks in his relief role.

Mason Ramsey led Bellaire's offensive attack with a single, double with four RBIs, while Brennan Conroy and Gabe Rejonis each singled with two RBIs.

Hartline and Brandon Septor paced the Trojans with a single, double each, with Ebersbach chipping in with a pair of base hits with an RBI.