Stadium for the final time this spring when the Division II semifinals start
Thursday morning. Next year the championships will move to the Clippers new stadium – Huntington Park. Action takes place Thursday-Saturday.
WHAT: 81st Annual State Baseball Tournaments
WHEN: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
TIME/LOCATION: Columbus Cooper Stadium, the home of the Washington Nationals’ Class AAA affiliate Columbus Clippers. Game times each day are 10:00, 1:00, 4:00 and 7:00. A complete schedule is listed on page one of this news release.
ADMISSION: $7.00 per person each day.
DIRECTIONS: Cooper Stadium (1155 West Mound Street) is located just off of I-70 on the west side of downtown Columbus. From the east, take the Mound Street exit (98B); from the west, take the West Broad Street exit (97); then follow the signs to the stadium. Travelers can gain access to I-70 from State Route 315.
PARKING: Parking is on a first-come, first served basis in the public lots around the stadium.
FOUR DIVISIONS AT ONE SITE: This is the third straight year that all state semifinals and finals will be held at one site since the OHSAA expanded to four divisions in baseball in 1991. Prior to hosting all four divisions for the first time in 2006, Cooper Stadium hosted two divisions of the state championships for seven consecutive years. Between 1991 and 2005, two divisions were held at two stadiums as follows: 1991-Ohio State Trautman and Canton Thurman Munson; 1992-Ohio State Trautman and Canton Thurman Munson; 1993-Ohio State Trautman and Canton Thurman Munson; 1994-Ohio State Trautman and Canton Thurman Munson; 1995- Ohio State Trautman and Maumee Ned Skelton; 1996-Ohio State Trautman and Canton Thurman Munson; 1997-Ohio State Bill Davis and Canton Thurman Munson; 1998-Ohio State Bill Davis and Canton Thurman Munson; 1999-Ohio State Bill Davis and Canton Thurman Munson; 2000-Columbus Cooper and Ohio State Bill Davis; 2001-Columbus Cooper and Ohio State Bill Davis; 2002-Columbus Cooper and Ohio State Bill Davis; 2003-Columbus Cooper and Ohio State Bill Davis; 2004-Columbus Cooper and Canton Thurman Munson; 2005-Columbus Cooper and Dayton Fifth Third.
FAREWELL TO THE COOP: This is the last year for baseball at Columbus Cooper Stadium. The Clippers will move into brand new 10,000-seat Huntington Park beginning with the 2009 season. Cooper Stadium has been the home to Triple-A baseball in Columbus since 1932 (Columbus Red Birds 1932-54; Columbus Jets 1955-70; Columbus Clippers 1977-today).
2006 REVIEW: 80th Annual State Baseball Tournaments, May 31, June 1 and 2, Columbus Cooper Stadium.
Division I: Fourth-ranked West Chester Lakota West (28-5) scored four runs in the fourth inning and sophomore Bryan Beaver threw a four-hit shutout to lead the school to a 4-0 win over eighth-ranked Mentor (27-4). It
was the first state title for the Firebirds, while Mentor finished as runner-up for the second time in four years and was also seeking its first crown. A suicide squeeze and sacrifice fly plated Lakota West’s first two runs and senior right fielder Tadd Dombart added a two-run triple to complete the scoring.
In the semifinals, Lakota West used a three-run third and a four-run fifth to carry it to an 8-2 win over Cleveland St. Ignatius. Among the Firebirds’ hitting stars was junior center fielder Jimmy Brenneman with two hits. Mentor defeated Cincinnati Elder, the all-time leader in state baseball championships with 12, 4-2.
Lakota West has advanced to this year’s state tournament and meets Lakewood St. Edward in the semifinals Thursday. A win advances the school to the state finals Saturday.
Division II: Second-ranked Canfield (30-3) broke a six-all tie by scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth and held off No. 20 Springfield Kenton Ridge (26-6), 8-6. Both schools were in the state finals for the first time. An error and a sacrifice fly accounted for the two deciding runs. Senior shortstop Mike Hoelzel had a two-run double for the Cardinals. Sophomore Jake Kucek pitched an inning-and-a-third of relief to pick up the win and senior Andrew Turocy retired the Cougars in order in the seventh for the save. Turocy also had a triple.
In the semifinals, Canfield defeated Sandusky Perkins 4-2 as Hoelzel had two hits and two RBIs. Kenton Ridge
plated a run in the bottom of the eighth to stop Richmond Edison, 2-1.
Canfield moved up to Division I this year and lost to Euclid in the district semifinals.
Division III: Heath (22-6) jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four innings and held on to defeat Bloomdale Elmwood (26-7), 6-3. It was the second state title for the Bulldogs, who also won the 2002 crown. Junior first baseman Chuck LaRue drove in two runs and had two hits and junior left fielder Nick Jones added two hits to lead Heath. Junior catcher Nathaniel Fitch had three of Elmwood’s 11 hits. Senior Dusty Elk went the distance on the mound to pick up the win. Both teams were unranked in the final state coaches poll and Elmwood was in the state finals for the first time.
In the semifinals, Heath scored a run in the top of the second and held on to stop Cincinnati Madeira, 1-0.
Elmwood made a three-run third stand up in its 3-2 win over 2006 state runner-up Youngstown Ursuline. Junior right fielder Ben Hammer was 3-for-3.
Heath advanced to this year’s regional tournament before losing to Hamilton Badin in the finals.
Division IV: No. 13 Fort Loramie (23-7) scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to carry it to its first state championship when it stopped ninth-ranked Newark Catholic (24-10), 4-0. Newark Catholic, seeking its second straight title and seventh overall, finished second for the second time.
In the semifinals, Fort Loramie scored four runs in the fourth inning to carry it to a 4-1 win over Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic. Seven different Redskins had hits and four had RBIs. Newark Catholic pounded out 12 hits and Greenwich South Central committed five errors as the Green Wave won 13-0 in five innings. Junior catcher Matt Lott and sophomore third baseman Andy Vernau each had three hits and three RBIs. Two pitchers held South Central to one hit.
Fort Loramie has advanced to this year’s state tournament and meets Patrick Henry in the semifinals Friday.
A win advances the school to the state finals Saturday.
TOP-RANKED TEAMS (State Coaches Association Final Poll)
Division I: West Chester Lakota West. See information above.
Division II: Defiance advanced to the district semifinals before falling to Celina.
Division III: Frankfort Adena advanced to the regional tournament before losing to Wheelersburg in the finals.
Division IV: Patrick Henry has advanced to the state tournament and meets defending champion Fort Loramie in the semifinals Friday. A win advances the school to the state finals Saturday.
STATEWIDE BRACKETS, RESULTS AVAILABLE: Complete statewide brackets for all divisions — beginning at the sectional tournament level — are available on the OHSAA web site (www.ohsaa.org) by going to “Sports & Tournament Info” followed by “Baseball.” The site will also include state tournament results and box scores as soon as they become available following each contest.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE BASEBALL STATE QUALIFIERS
DIVISION I (Team/Record/Trips to State/Titles)
Cincinnati Archb. Moeller (24-6)
Cleveland St. Ignatius 27-4
Lakewood St. Edward 22-6-1
West Chester Lakota West 26-1
DIVISION II (Team/Record/Trips to State/Titles)
Cuya. Falls Walsh Jesuit 25-3
Springfield Kenton Ridge 23-6
Canal Winchester 21-12
Chardon NDCL 22-5
DIVISION III (Team/Record/Trips to State/Titles)
Hamilton Badin 25-6
Canton Central Catholic 28-3
DIVISION IV (Team/Record/Trips to State/Titles)
Patrick Henry 28-3
Fort Loramie 21-11
Berlin Hiland 27-3
Gates Mills Gilmour Acad. 25-4
10:00 – Division II Semi: Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit (25-3) vs. Springfield Kenton
1:00 – Division II Semi: Canal Winchester (21-12) vs. Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (22-5)
4:00 – Division I Semi: Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller (24-6) vs. Cleveland St. Ignatius (27-4)
7:00 – Division I Semi: Lakewood St. Edward (22-6-1) vs. West Chester Lakota West (26-1)
10:00 – Division III Semifinal: Hamilton Badin (25-6) vs. Wheelersburg (29-1)
1:00 – Division III Semifinal: Canton Central Catholic (28-3) vs. Coldwater (27-4)
4:00 – Division IV Semifinal: Patrick Henry (28-3) vs. Fort Loramie (21-11)
7:00 – Division IV Semifinal: Berlin Hiland (27-3) vs. Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (25-4)
10:00 – Division II Final
1:00 – Division I Final
4:00 – Division III Final
7:00 – Division IV Final