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Big inning lifts Braves over Warriors

Patriots, Pioneers, Barons and Golden Eagles also win


April 02. 2014 8:28PM

By - bstroup@civitasmedia.com






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Talk about an answer.


Olentangy, after allowing four runs in the top of the third inning, responded with a five spot in the bottom of the frame, taking a lead it never relinquished en route to an 11-5 non-league win over visiting Watkins Memorial Tuesday in Lewis Center.


The Braves (1-1) blanked the Warriors the rest of the way, adding one run of their own in the fourth, two more in the fifth and another two in the sixth to smooth out the scoring summary. Both teams scored one run in the first inning.


Connor Brett sparked Olentangy at the plate, finishing 2 for 4 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Deeb Haber was also solid, finishing with an RBI double and a run scored.


After a shaky outing by starter Grant Helber, Luke Porter came on in relief to pick up the win, striking out six and walking four in his four innings of work.


•Orange cruised to a season-opening win Tuesday in Canal Winchester, dropping the host Indians 15-3 in six innings.


The Pioneers (1-0) scored each time they stepped to the plate, scratching across a run in the first, another in the second, three in the third, five in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.


Alec McCurry led the charge, connecting on a two-run homer as part of the five-run fourth.


Tyler Johnson, who put in five innings of work, picked up the win.


•Nick Parr dominated Meade County hitters Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, tossing a complete game shutout to help Liberty improve to 4-0 on its spring trip.


Parr gave up just three hits in his seven innings of work. He struck out 10 in the 1-0 win.


Meade County’s Josh Durbin was just as dominant, allowing just one hit in the loss. Cameron Comer had the Patriots’ lone knock while Jacob Niggemeyer had the RBI.


•Buckeye Valley split a pair of games Tuesday in Myrtle Beach, falling 6-5 to Muhlenberg (Ky.) before picking up its first win of the young season with an 11-9 decision over Middlesboro.


The Barons (1-2) used a fast start to secure the win, racing out to a 4-0 first-inning lead. Middlesboro answered with three runs in the third, but BV tallied one in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth to smooth out the scoring summary.


Jake Spaulding led the way, finishing 3 for 4 with an RBI, while Alex Sheehan and Colin Schwartz each finished with a pair of hits and a combined three RBIs.


Reliever T.J. Gregory fired just 24 pitches to pick up the win, relieving starter Kyle Fish late in the fifth before BV erupted for the four runs in the bottom half. He then pitched a scoreless sixth before Spaulding closed things out in the seventh.


The Barons let the opener get away from them as Muhlenberg scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to seal the deal.


Spaulding finished 2 for 4 with an RBI in the setback while Fish and Adam Fridley each finished 2 for 3, Fish with a team-leading three RBIs.


•Big Walnut had just two hits, but made them count in Tuesday’s 3-0 non-league win over visiting North Union.


The Golden Eagles (1-0) scored once in the first inning and twice in the fourth to account for the final margin.


Kyle Duncan picked up the complete-game win, allowing just three hits in his seven innings of work.




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