VAN WERT — Keaton Brown scored on a ground ball hit by Jalen McCracken in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Van Wert (18-2) a 6-5 high school baseball victory against Elida and assure the Cougars at least a share of the Western Buckeye League championship with an 8-1 record. Defiance is 7-1 in the WBL and had its game against Bath rained out.
McCracken and teammates TJ Reynolds and Nathan Temple each had a double and an RBI. Jordan Davis had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, TJ Whipple had two hits and Luke Burger had a hit and an RBI for Elida.
New Knoxville 0
ROCKFORD — Winning pitcher Jack Wehe allowed two hits and no walks while striking out 13 in seven innings. Wehe also had a hit and an RBI and teammate Colton Kraner had two hits and two RBI. Jonny Sewell had two hits for New Knoxville.
Allen East 2
MINSTER — Jack Olberding had a home run, a double and a single and six RBI, Jack Heitbrink had two hits, including a double, and Mike Ketner had a double and two RBI for the host Wildcats. Dalton Crum had a hit and an RBI and Blake Hershberger doubled for the Mustangs.
Lima Senior 7,
Indian Lake 4
LEWISTOWN — Brayden O’Dell had three hits, including a double, and an RBI, James Gaines had three hits and two RBI, Caleb Dugan had two hits and an RBIand Ethan Jordan and Adrian Bowsher each had a pair of hits for Lima Senior.
Delphos St. John’s 8,
OTTOVILLE — Chandler Skym had a home run, a double and two RBI, Brady Kerner had two hits, Braysen Schulte doubled and had two RBI and Luke Reindel had a hit and two RBI for St. John’s. Brice Schroeder and Dylan Kemper each had two hits for Ottoville.
New Bremen 16,
SPENCERVILLE — Winning pitcher Ryan Bertke allowed no earned runs, one hit and two walks while striking out 11 in a five-inning complete game. He also had four hits, including two doubles, and three RBI. Grant Selby had two hits and three RBI, Mitchell Hayes had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, Justin Tenkman had two hits and an RBI, Bryce Blickle had two hits and Z Bertke had a hit and three RBI. Spencer Galbraith ahd Spencerville’s hit.
Coldwater 12, Anna 1
ANNA — Grant Meyer, Jake Hemmelgarn and Will Broering combined to allow one hit and seven walks while striking out four. Jacob Wenning had four hits and five RBI, Austin Reithman had four hits and four RBI and Noah Miller had two hits and an RBI.
Delphos Jefferson 1
WAPAKONETA — Trevor Crow and Jeff Makar combined to allow seven hits and three walks while striking out eight in seven innings. Brady Erb hit a home run and had two RBI, Ryan Carrico had a double, a single and an RBI and Cooper Talowsky had two hits also for the host Redskins. Darnell Simpson and JT Taviano each doubled for Jefferson.
FINDLAY — Wapakoneta singles player Jeff Adkins, the top seed, reached Saturday’s semifinals against third-seeded Mac Robertson from Findlay.
Wapak’s fourth-seeded doubles team of John Doll and Curtis Hughes reached the semifinals where they will play top-seeded Drew Swisher and Max Hosey from Findlay. All of the semifinalists have qualified for next week’s district at Bowling Green State University. Play is scheduled to resume Saturday at Findlay High School.
LIMA — Top-seeded Drew Kuhlman and Parker Schomaeker wll play Van Wert’s Kaden Thomas and Nathan Ruger and third-seeded Carter and Colin Welch will play second-seeded Jacob Ramirez and Riley Creps in doubles semifinals Saturday.
Due to inclement weather, singles matches only reached the quarterfinals. Those matches will be top-seeded Cad Mullins from Ada vs. Van Wert’s Michael Heilman, Ada’s Isaac Spar vs. O-G’s Nolan Unterbrink, third-seed Kannen Wannemacher from Van Wert vs. O-G’s Kamron Maag and Shawnee’s Chris Paysen vs. Ada’s Miranda Wills. All singles and doubles semifinalists qualify for next week’s district at Bowling Green State University. Play is scheduled to resume Saturday at UNOH.
Parkway 24, Continental 0
ROCKFORD — Allie Ford had two home runs and five RBI, Bailey Strickler had four hits, including a homer, and six RBI and Grace Swander had a three-run homer. Winning pitcher Macy Henkle allowed two hits and struck out 12.
seeks varsity coach
DOLA — Hardin Northern High School is accepting applications for a head varsity coach for the 2019-20 school year. Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume with references to Athletic Director Brady Mast at firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will remain open until filled. This is a supplemental position and at this time no teaching openings are anticipated.
heading to Bluffton
WAPAKONETA — Hunter Coffey is scheduled to sign a letter of intentn to play for Bluffton University at 8:15 a.m. Friday at the high school office.
Ohio Northern 9,
BEREA — Ohio Northern overcame three rain delays and a late Heidelberg rally to post a victory in the Ohio Athletic Tournament at Fisher Field.
The third-seeded Polar Bears (23-16 overall) advance in the winner’s bracket and will face fourth-seeded Otterbein at 9:30 a.m. Friday.
The second-seeded Student Princes (28-12) fall to the loser’s bracket and will play top-seeded tournament host Baldwin Wallace in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m. Friday
Nate Bye threw seven innings, allowing only one run and three hits while striking out seven to earn the win and improve to 5-3 on the season.
Tyler Randick led ONU’s 10-hit offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring doubles and three RBI.
Phil Buckingham had two hits and two RBI and Matthew Burkett blasted a two-run home run for the Polar Bears.
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