Galion avenged a stinging defeat 48 hours earlier in Bucyrus by run-ruling the visiting Redmen 12-1 in 4 1/2 innings Wednesday afternoon at Heise Park. The victory hiked the Orange-and-Blue’s record to 18-4 overall and, more importantly, to 10-2 in the North Central Conference, keeping them in a first place tie going into Friday afternoon’s encounter with visiting Upper Sandusky.
In the blasting of Bucyrus, the locals trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the first inning. They had back-to-back three-run frames to take a 6-1 advantage into the third. Holding the Redmen scoreless the rest of the way, the Tigers put the final nail in the coffin with a six-run uprising in the fourth.
Connor Campbell had a huge day at the plate for the winners. The senior blasted a homerun, a double and a single, drove in 4 runs and scored 3 to lead a 10-hit offensive. Chad Karnes hit 2 singles; Eric Powell belted a triple, scored twice and plate a pair; and Jermaine Burket, Mike Harris, Josh Keller and Kevin Sterner each had a base rap.
Matt Amicone had a double and scored the lone run for the visitors.
Senior right-hander John Poffenbaugh pitched all 5 frames for the Tigers, limiting Bucyrus to 3 hits, whiffing 3 and walking just 1.
Amicone and Brock Lykens shared the pitching duties for Bucyrus, combining to be knocked around for 10 hits, strike out 2 and hand out 5 bases on balls.
A day earlier in Tigertown, junior Jermaine Burket improved his pitching record to a perfect 5-0 by hand-cuffing Wynford in a 7-1 triumph.
The southpaw yielded only 3 hits in 6 innings of work. He set down 5 via strikes and issued a season-high 6 walks. Eric Powell worked a one-two-three seventh inning in relief, striking out the side.
Miller, Wilburn and Crall threw for the visitors and were banged up for 13 hits. They whiffed 3 and walked 4. Miller was the pitcher of record as the starter.
The Tigers were up 4-1 after five innings. They added a trio of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, which was followed by Powell’s dominant performance on the hill in the seventh.
Offensively for the locals, Powell stroked a double, 2 singles and scored twice; Connor Campbell, Bryton Carpenter and Chad Karnes netted 2 one-baggers apiece; Nick Flowers jacked a triple and crossed the plate 3 times; John Poffenbaugh had a base rap and 3 runs batted in; and Mike Harris and Josh Keller hit a single each.
Three Royals stroked a single apiece.
Host Ridgedale mounted a furious comeback, scoring five times in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 7-6 victory over Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference opponent Northmor on Wednesday in Morral.
The Golden Knights led 4-2 after two innings. Neither squad scored in innings three through five. Northmor tacked on solo runs in the sixth and seventh innings, extending its lead to 6-2.
Jake Farley was the hard-luck losing pitcher for coach Buck Workman’s Black-and-Gold. He gave up 7 hits, only 1 earned run, struck out 9 and issued a trio of bases on balls.
“Jake deserved a lot better fate,” Workman noted. “We only made two errors but they directly led to 6 of the seven runs scoring. It’s been Murphy’s Law all week (for us).”
Mo Britton hurled the first 6 innings for the hosts, yielding 8 hits, 5 runs (earned), whiffing 4 and walking a quartet. Hayden Jaggers got the win with an inning of relief work in which he allowed 1 hit and walked 1.
Farley garnered a four-hit day offensively for the Golden Knights with a double and 3 singles. Zach Carroll swatted a double and a base hit, and Daniel Donner, Bryan Hammond, Zach Neuman and Jarod Vanderkooi added a single apiece.
Quinten Bails hit a double and a single for the Rockets.
Tuesday, Highland combined solid hitting and pitching and took advantage of a porous Northmor defense in a 12-0 drilling of the host Golden Knights in five innings.
The Fighting Scots — 14-5 overall and 9-1 in the MOAC — scored multiple runs in three of their five at-bats. Jett Swetland pitched a one-hitter for the winners, striking out 3 and walking 2. The hosts committed 5 errors.
James Donner started on the mound for Northmor (9-10, 4-5). In 3-plus innings, he gave up 6 hits, 6 runs (4 earned), set down 4 on strikes and dealt out 3 free passes. Bryan Hammond tossed the last two innings yielding 4 hits, 6 runs (2 earned) and walking a pair.
Donner had the Black-and-Gold’s only hit, a single.
Jeremy Gahm belted a double and 2 singles for the winners.
Also at Northmor on Monday, Cardington scored twice in the top of the seventh inning to pull out a 4-2 triumph over the Golden Knights, spoiling a solid pitching effort by the hosts Zach Carroll.
Carroll surrendered only 2 hits and struck out 10. He handed out 4 bases on balls and 3 of the 4 runs he gave up were earned.
Travis Boyd scattered 9 hits for the Pirates in hurling a complete game. He whiffed 4 and walked only 1.
Both teams scored twice in the first inning. Frames two through 6 were scoreless.
Zach Neuman swatted a double and 2 singles for the Black-and-Gold. Daniel Donner added 2 one-baggers, and Carroll, Jake Farley, Bryan Hammond and Mitchell Whisler contributed a base rap each.