Around the Horn


April 18, 2014


Junior hurler Chad Karnes was stellar on the mound Thursday afternoon as he fired a two-hit shutout and struck out 11 in a 6-0 North Central Conference victory over the visiting Crestline Bulldogs at Heise Park. The right-hander issued just 3 walks.

By winning, the Orange-and-Blue improved their overall record to 9-2 and NCC mark to 4-0.

Galion scored twice in the bottom of the first and added a solo tally in the second. A Connor Campbell two-run double keyed a fourth-inning three-run uprising by the locals in the fourth.

The Tigers banged out 14 hits in the triumph. Leadoff hitter Nick Flowers hiked his batting average to .600 on the season by going 3-for-3. He also scored twice and drove in a run.

Also for the victors at the plate, Campbell and Mike Harris stroked a double and a single each, Karnes aided his cause with a pair of base raps, Bryce Lybarger connected on 2 one-baggers, to go with a single apiece by Josh Keller, John Poffenbaugh and Kevin Sterner. Campbell with the top run-producer with three ribbies.

Austin Norwood and JR Wolfe garnered a single each for the visitors.

Sam Blaising and Chase Cooke pitched for Crestline. Blaising got the defeat as the starter, striking out 1 in 5 innings of work. He was roughed up for 13 of Galion’s 14 hits.

In Crestline on Wednesday, the Orange-and-Blue picked up a 7-3 conference win against the host Bulldogs.

It was a back-and-forth contest through the first five innings. The score was tied 1-1 at the end of the first, Galion led 3-1 after two-and-a-half, the the hosts tied it up at 3-3 with solo tallies in the third and fifth frames.

Senior catcher Josh Keller gave the Tigers the lead for good with a two-run single in the top half of the sixth. The winners followed by adding a pair of seventh-inning insurance tallies.

Keller led the Galion offensive with 2 singles, 3 runs batted in, a walk and a sacrifice. Bryce Lybarger chipped in with 2 base raps, Eric Powell belted a double, while Jermaine Burket, Mike Harris, Chad Karnes and Kole Nickell each contributed a one-bagger.

Lee Hurst and Austin Norwood banged out two singles apiece for the Bulldogs.

Burket was the starting pitcher and was credited with the victory. He hurled 6 innings, yielded 7 hits, 3 runs (2 earned), set down 7 on strikes and walked just 1. Nickell threw the final frame, whiffing 1 and issuing a free pass.

Norwood and Jeremiah Dowell pitched for Crestline. Norwood started and Dowell relieved. They paired up to surrender 10 hits, strike out 1 and walk a half dozen.

Defensively, Galion committed 1 error and the Bulldogs were perfect in the field.


The Golden Knights scored a trio of runs in each of the first three innings and put a four-spot in the scorebook in the bottom of the sixth of a 13-5 triumph over Mid Ohio Athletic Conference foe Ridgedale on Wednesday.

In winning, the Golden Knights improved to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference. Ridgedale tumbled to marks of 3-7 and 1-3.

Zach Carroll was the winning pitcher as the starter. In 5 innings, he allowed 5 hits, 5 runs (earned), struck out 7 and walked 7. James Donner tossed the sixth and struck out the side in addition to yielding a hit. Daniel Donner closed things out with a whiff and a base on balls allowed in the seventh.

Meddings, Osborne and Cannon worked the hill for the visitors. Meddings was tagged with the loss as the starter. The trio combined to give up 15 hits, retire 4 via strikes and walk 5.

The Donners cranked out 3 singles each for the victors. Jake Farley added a double and a one-bagger, to go with 2 singles apiece by Carroll and Jarod Vanderkooi. Bryan Hammond, Zach Neuman and Mitchell Whisler each had a base rap.

Caudill garnered a double and a single for the Rockets.