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DEFIANCE — Defiance played small ball for four innings.In the fifth, however, the Bulldogs broke through with a pair of shots to the center-field fence.Defiance scored five runs in the home fifth inning to knock off Shawnee 7-4 in a key Western Buckeye League baseball game Tuesday at Defiance.Defiance’s Bryn Lehman’s two-out, RBI single in the fifth gave Defiance the lead to stay, 4-3, off Shawnee left-hander Cody Kopilchack.“He left one over the plate and luckily I turned on it and it hit a hole,” Lehman said. “It was big at the time because we were struggling and we found a way to step up with two outs and it was huge.“I couldn’t pick (Kopilchack) up real well early on and he hit his spots really well. … I think he may have been tired a little bit (in the fifth).”Defiance (16-1) is ranked No. 1 in the state in the coaches Division II poll. The Bulldogs took over first place in the WBL at 7-0. Shawnee, ranked No. 10 in the state, is 17-4, 5-1 in the WBL.Shawnee scored two in the top of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. Kopilchack’s RBI single to center gave the Indians the lead.Kopilchack got the first batters out in the home fifth. Mark Sebring then doubled to the fence in center. Justin Riley followed with an RBI double to the same spot at the fence in center to the game at 3.Then came Lehman’s RBI single. Adam Wagner had a two-run single to right to push the lead to 6-3. Alex Nofziger’s bloop RBI double to right made it 7-3.That was enough for Defiance sophomore right-hander Dace Kime (6-0), who entered with a 0.49 earned-run average. Kime went the distance and gave up four runs, all unearned, on three hits. He struck out five and walked five.Kime, who battled to get ahead in the count, threw 118 pitches, 69 for strikes.“I struggled early on, but by the third or fourth inning I started settling down and staying on top of my fastball and getting those low strikes,” Kime said.Defiance coach Tom Held said, “The good is that he got hitters out (Tuesday) with not much. His velocity was way down, his curveball velocity was down, but he had great location. He kept the ball at the knees and stayed away from the hitters.”Defiance took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Nofziger laid down a perfect RBI bunt single to third with the bases loaded and two out.Kopilchack (5-2) threw five innings and gave up seven runs, all earned, on seven hits. He struck out four and walked seven. He threw 120 pitches, 66 for strikes.“He struggled all day with his control,” Shawnee coach Chad Spencer said of Kopilchack. … “He battles and gives you his best stuff, but today he couldn’t put a sequence of pitches together with his best stuff.”



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