Northwest Ohio Huddle: Eastwood’s Welch the nation’s top hammer thrower


Northwest Ohio Huddle

There was plenty of action in Northwest Ohio this week. What sticks out? How about Pemberville Eastwood’s Justin Welch dominating the hammer, discus and shot put? How about state-ranked Toledo St. John’s rallying for a late-inning win? How about…tennis, college signings, softball and more. It’s all here.

Tenth-ranked St. John’s Jesuit stayed unbeaten with a 9-8 come-from-behind win over rival Central Catholic in City League baseball action this week at Fifth Third Field.

Trailing 8-5, the Titans rallied in the final three innings. Jacob Ray hit the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh for St. John’s, the No. 10 team in the Division I state poll.

St. John’s is now 9-0 overall and 2-0 in the City League.

The Irish used four St. John’s errors in the fourth to erase a four-run deficit and pull to 5-all. Central (6-4, 2-1) needed just one hit in the inning, a Kyle Burkhardt RBI single to center.

Burkhardt hit his second RBI single in the fifth inning, and Drew Lehman’s bases-loaded walk gave the Irish an 8-5 lead.


Mark Fackler, Kenton, baseball: Fackler hit three home runs, helping Kenton rally from a nine-run deficit to post a 19-16 win over Marion Harding.

In the Wildcats’ next game, the senior hit a double to continue his offensive storm and lift Kenton to a 10-5 win over Elgin in game one of a doubleheader.  

Fackler has signed to play football at Kent State University.


Pemberville Eastwood boys’ track: The Eagles won the 10-team University of Toledo Invitational last Saturday, scoring 181 points.

Leading the way for the Eagles was Justin Welch, the national leader in the hammer throw. Welch won his signature event with a heave of 243-feet, 2-inches, as well as the shot put (59-83/4) and the discus (198-10).

Other winners for the Eagles included: Kyle Schlumbohm, pole vault (12-0); Cody Seifert, 100 (11.20); and Nick Twining, 800 (2:01.68).

Eastwood also had seven second-place finishers.


Clay Mania: Right-hander Kasey Graham pitched a 4-hitter, and Clay beat Whitmer 4-1 in its first baseball challenge of the spring.

The Eagles – ranked No. 9 in the Division I state coaches poll – bettered their record to 3-0 in the City League. After back-to-back losses to Brunswick and Stow, Clay now sits at 11-2 overall.
Southview Rolls:
Southview’s Kirk Stambaugh pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout to lead the Cougars to a 5-0 Northern Lakes League win over Anthony Wayne.

Stambaugh did not allow an extra base hit and struck out five, including the final two batters to seal the win.

Southview – ranked No. 7 in the Division I state poll – is now 11-0 overall and 4-0 in the NLL.

King of the K:
Allen East’s Aaron Swaney had the Crestview Knights right where he wanted them for five innings, including an amazing streak of 10 straight strikeouts. The Knights, however, had the last laugh with a two-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 2-0 win.

Matt Holden’s RBI triple scored Crestview’s first run in the bottom of the sixth and Holden later scored on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Semer for the second run and the 2-0 edge.

BC Still Perfect:
Buckeye Central improved to 6-0 in the North Central Conference with a thrilling 5-2 comeback win over Wynford.

The Royals (4-12, 0-6 NCC) scored twice in the second inning and held a lead through the seventh inning. The Bucks (12-1, 6-0 NCC) then scored a run in the sixth to pull within one, and plated four more in the seventh to pull-out the win.

Buckeye Central’s Sam Shafer yielded just two hits and struck out 15.

Skins’ Streak Ends: Wapakoneta saw its nine-game win streak snapped as the No. 6 Redskins fell to Parkway 5-1.

Mike Bogan scored the only run for the Redskins (13-2), the sixth-ranked team in Division II.

The Panther’s (5-7) Taylor Bates had three hits and four RBIs.

Perrysburg Suffers First Loss:
State-ranked Perrysburg was hit with its first setback in the Northern Lakes League, and second overall, losing 8-1 to Maumee.

Cal Reese pitched a five-hitter with six strikeouts for Maumee (7-6, 2-2 NLL), which scored three runs in the first inning.

Perrysburg – the No. 10 team in Division I – fell to 10-2, 2-1.

Giants Huge at Clyde Invitational:
The Fremont Ross boys’ track team ruled the Clyde Invitational last weekend, scoring 136 points and outdistancing runner-up Columbian by 42.

The Giants won eight events, including the 3,200-meter relay (8:39.70), 110 hurdles (Justin Hines, 14.3), 100 (Skylar Reffner, 11.1), 800 relay (1:33.30), 300 hurdles (Hines, 39.4), 800 (Andy Leemaster, 2:02.40), 200 (Reffner, 22.5) and 1600 relay (3:31.40).

Ross had four second place finishes.

The Lady Giants were second with 96 points, winning six events.

Draper’s Triple Carries Carey to Win:
Morgan Draper hit a 3-run triple with two outs in the seventh, and reliever Tessa Kelbley pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the inning as Carey rallied to beat Colonel Crawford  5-2.

Colonel Crawford (8-5) went up 2-1 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth and was one out from wrapping up the win when Draper emptied the bases with her triple.

Draper later scored on Lacie Sherman’s single to put Carey up three.

The Blue Devils (7-5) took a 1-0 edge in the second.

Mo-Runs for Mohawks: Mohawk plated six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Jason Morter pitched a perfect seventh as the Warriors rallied to beat Mt. Gilead 8-7 in non-league action.

Aric Shock and Morter began the sixth with consecutive doubles, pulling the Warriors to 7-3. Jake Kline’s 2-RBI double with the bases loaded and one out made it 7-5, while Aaron Konkle and Alec Clinger followed with hits to highlight the inning.

Morter got the win after allowing four hits and a run in three innings of relief for Konkle. Morter helped his cause with two hits for Warriors (9-4).

Norwalk Netters Net Victory: The Norwalk boys’ tennis team remained perfect in Northern Ohio League action with a convincing 4-1 win over rival Upper Sandusky.

Trevor Bowers dispatched Upper Sandusky’s Jacob Beach, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles for Norwalk (8-2, 4-0 NOL), while Kyle Scheid beat Trevor Barth, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 at No. 2. At third singles, Norwalk’s Di Beier beat Upper Sandusky’s Timo Donroes, 6-1, 6-2.

Picking up the lone win for the Rams (7-2, 2-2) was at No. 1 doubles where Alex Parks and Sean Harford topped Mac Love and Harry Love, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Norwalk’s Truckers Taylor Temple and Jorge Ramos answered with a 7-6 (6-1), 6-4 win over Zach Parks and Bryan Capelle at second doubles.

Hits Galore: Hits, hits and, well, more hits was the story as No. 7 Arlington drubbed Carey 20-10 in a non-conference baseball game Thursday.

Arlington – the seventh-ranked team in Division IV – took a 6-2 lead after two innings, but Carey came back and tied the score at 7-all after three and 9-all after four.

The Red Devils (11-0) then took charge, scoring 11 runs over the final two innings to for the win.

Trevor Gast, Kevin Rogers and Jake Leonard each drove in four runs for Arlington.

Signing on the Dotted Line:
Crestview senior Kyle Balliet signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Ashland University next season. Balliet is a standout pitcher and hitter for Crestview.

Mohawk’s Jackie Messersmith – one of the area’s premier softball players – signed a letter of intent to play next spring at the University of Findlay.

Messersmith is currently 3-1 with a 3.21 ERA and 26 strikeouts for the Warriors. She has also has scored eight runs and has five stolen bases this season.

Upper Scioto Valley senior Katie Hicks inked her intent to play basketball this winter at Capital University.

Hicks, the North West Central Conference Player of the Year and an academic first team All-Ohioan, averaged 16.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.3 steals per game as a senior.


Redskins Relays: Wapakoneta Redskins Relays at Wapakoneta High this Friday.

On the Track:
The 2010 Bill Krause Memorial Track Invitational at Columbian’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium on Saturday.

Tonight at 5 p.m.:
Top-ranked Clay travels to Toledo Start for a Toledo City Athletic League softball game.

Also at 5:
Coldwater – ranked No. 2 in Division III in the first baseball coaches poll – has a busy week, playing St. Marys on Thursday before traveling to Versailles Friday. The Cavaliers end their week with a doubleheader against Valley View on Saturday beginning at noon.

Another Great Game… at 5:
Patrick Henry – the third-ranked baseball team in Division IV – plays Liberty Center Thursday. At the same time, No. 4 New London will square off against Lucas.

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