Baseball is a batty game. A bad hop here and a stolen base there is enough to decide the outcome
between top-notch teams. Need proof? Look no further than last week’s
marquee Northern Lakes League contest featuring Division I powers
Sylvania Southview and Perrysburg. Who won? And what else happened in Northwest Ohio? Find out here…
Baseball is a batty game.
A bad hop here and a stolen base there is enough to decide the outcome between top-notch teams. Need proof? Look no further than last week’s marquee Northern Lakes League contest featuring Division I powers Sylvania Southview and Perrysburg.
In what was a fairly even matchup, featuring a pair of state-ranked teams, two solid pitchers, and a lineup of stars, it was two, two-out stolen bases that made the difference in Perrysburg’s 2-1 NLL win over Southview.
The Yellow Jackets executed their baserunning perfectly in the third inning. Matt Kruzel’s steal of second drew a throw from Southview catcher Dan Ampthor and gave Kevin Schenk the chance to score from third for a 2-0 edge.
And then all right-hander Alec Schmenk of Perrysburg had to do was outduel Southview right-hander David Vandercook.
Schmenk (3-0), who pounded the strike zone with fastballs, allowed six hits with six strikeouts and no walks. Vandercook (3-1) conceded five hits, while striking out eight Jackets batters.
Perrysburg – the ninth-ranked team in Division I – improved to 13-2, 4-1 NLL. Southview – the large-school division’s fifth-ranked team – is now 12-1, 5-1.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
David Walsh, Buckeye Central, baseball: Walsh homered, and did about everything else possible as the state-ranked Bucks swept South Central in a doubleheader last Saturday.
Walsh went a combined 7 for 7 with a home run, two doubles, six RBIs and six runs as Buckeye Central – the sixth-ranked team in Division IV – beat South Central 13-10 in game one and 14-3 in game two.
Walsh doubled and went 4 for 4 in the first game, ending with three runs and four RBIs. In the nightcap, Walsh went 3 for 3 with a double, two RBIs and three runs.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Toledo Whitmer boys’ track: The Panthers won each field event last Saturday, tallying an incredible 76 ½ points in five events as the Toledo Whitmer boys track program claimed its fifth-straight team title at the Bill Krause Invitational at Columbian’s Frost-Kalnow Stadium.
The Panthers finished with 156 ½ points, easily besting their previous meet-record total of 138 set a season ago.
Highlighting the Panthers day was Craig Nowak, who tied his meet record of 6-feet, 4-inches in the high jump. Nowak also won the long jump (21-1/2) and was fourth in the 200-meter dash.
Chris Wormley won the shot put (51-6), Joe Missler the discus (152-11) and Pat Siebenaller repeated his win in the pole vault (13-9).
Earning the lone track win for Whitmer was T.J. Rowland, who won the 400 in 52.25 seconds.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Turnin’ the Tide, the Clay Way: After a rough weekend, the Clay softball team plummeted in the Division I state softball poll.
The Eagles, however, seem to have regained some of that luster and swagger that once made them the top-ranked team.
Clay scored five-runs on six hits in the third inning, and hung-on for a 9-1 City League win over St. Ursula.
The third inning was just what the doctor ordered for senior pitcher Kasey Graham and ninth-ranked Clay (15-3, 7-0 CL), which held the Arrows (11-5, 5-2) to six hits.
Graham (9-2) had four strikeouts and one walk, while dipping her ERA to 1.19.
Junior right fielder Danielle Holmes went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBIs for the Eagles, winners of five in a row.
Clay opened the season 10-0, achieving a No. 1 state ranking, before losing three straight times to Brunswick, Pickerington North, and Stow Munroe Falls at the Gahanna Lincoln Invitational.
BC Cruises: Buckeye Central is continuing to make its mark on the 2010 season.
David Walsh and Adam Paynter each homered in the opener, while Alex Finney hit a grand slam and Neil Fortney added a two-run shot in game two as No. 6 Buckeye Central cruised last Saturday, sweeping South Central.
The 13-10 and 14-3 victories upped BC’s record to 15-2. The Bucks are the sixth-ranked baseball team in Division IV.
South Central rallied and scored four in the top of the seventh but the Bucks secured the win for Finney (1-0), who had three strikeouts in five innings.
Aside from Walsh’s gem, Tyler Erwin went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs, Sam Shafer had a double, single, two runs and four RBIs and Fortney doubled and singled. Paynter kicked in another single, RBI and run.
Fortney’s two-run shot put the Bucks up 6-0 in the second game, and Finney followed with a grand slam in the fourth as part of an eight-run burst, putting BC up 14-0.
Finney added three runs for BC, while Jacob Zeiter and Fortney backed them with two runs, two RBIs and a single apiece.
Paul Richardson (2-0) got the win, striking out five in 4 1-3 innings.
Records Fall at Van Wert: A total ten records fell – eight on the girls’ side and another two on the boys’ – at the Van Wert County meet. The Van Wert girls and boys both won team titles, with the boys racking up 90.5 points and the girls scoring 76. Van Wert broke seven records on the day: the 3,200-meter relay (10:07.80); the 1600-meter relay (4:18.50); long jump (Rachel Scheidt, 15-8 1-4); 1,600 (Lauren Taylor, 5:24.70); 3,200 (Taylor, 11:40.80); 200 (Sydney Riethman, 26.10); 100 (Kirtis Calvelage, 11.00).
Crestview claimed the final three records on the day: 100 hurdles (Erika Frey, 16.00); 300 hurdles (Frey, 48.40); 200 (Ryan Ramey, 22.80).
Crestview’s girls’ and boys’ squads both finished second on the day with 51 and 56 points, respectively.
Skins’ Krebs Delivers: Wapakoneta senior pitcher Justin Krebs delivered the goods Tuesday, shutting down rival St. Marys in a 3-1 win in Western Buckeye League baseball action.
Krebs (4-0) – throwing perhaps his best game of the season – yielded no earned runs on two hits in seven innings, striking out 11 and walking one in the process. He threw 111 pitches.
Wapakoneta – No. 9 in Division II – improved to 16-3, 6-1 WBL. St. Marys slid to 8-10, 2-5. Krebs threw arguably his best game of the 2010 season to date, but he wasn’t the only effective pitcher to take the mound.
St. Marys starter Derek Roop battled Krebs pitch for pitch, but was tagged with the hard-luck loss, giving up two earned runs on four hits in six innings. Roop, however, had four walks to his credit.
Eagles Rule Krause Invite: Toledo Notre Dame scorched the girls’ competition last weekend at the Bill Krause Invitational, racking up 155 points and outdistancing runner-up Toledo Whitmer by 57.
While falling short at the field events, the Eagles owned the track – and every race on it.
Notre Dame tallied 117 points, including three 1-2 sweeps and three 1-3 finishes, in between the 3,200-meter relay (9:43.38) and the1,600-meter relay (4:03.45).
Notre Dame scored in all but one event, the 4 x 200.
Ross Rolls: The Fremont Ross baseball team continues to find ways to win; something they’ve become quite good at.
A game after rallying to beat Toledo Waite, Jordan Garcia’s one-out hit down the left field line lifted the Little Giants to a 3-2 win over Lima Senior 3-2 in Greater Buckeye Conference action.
Ross (8-8) took an early lead when Garcia scored on Tyler Wolf’s sacrifice fly in the first. Another sac fly from Trent Stout in the third pushed the lead to 2-0.
Cameron Hord, who struck out five in seven innings, collected the win for the Little Giants.
Daughenbaugh Does it Again: Lynzi Daughenbaugh had a hand in four of Upper Sandusky’s five wins last Saturday, helping the Rams finish fourth at their own Gerald Swankhouse Invitational.
Daughenbaugh won the 300 hurdles (47.28) and tied for the win in the high jump (5-2). She then helped the Rams capture the 800 relay (1:51.01) and 1,600 relay (4:13.97).
Emily Caudill, Tayler Daughenbaugh and Marissa Linhart joined on the 800, while Tayler Daughenbaugh, Allison Snyder and Caudill teamed-up on the 1,600.
The Rams scored 83 points.
Defense Pays Off For SJCC: You know the saying, “Defense wins games?” The Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic baseball team sure does.
Stuck in an offensive rut, the SJCC defense made two big inning-ending double plays and stranded 10 New Riegel baserunners as the Crimson Streaks rallied for a thrilling 6-5 Midland Athletic League win.
Garrett Walker’s seventh inning double drove in the game-tying run, and Adam Snider recorded the game-winning RBI.
It was the first and only lead of the game for the Crimson Streaks (10-4, 4-1), ranked No. 14 in the small-school division.
Guerra Gets it Done: Lakota speedster Roger Guerra picked-up four wins last Saturday in the Black Division of the Fostoria Booster Invitational.
Guerra sprinted to easy wins in the 100 (11.1) and 200 (23.32), and earned field titles in the high jump (6-2) and long jump (19-10).
Lakota nearly knocked-off winner Woodmore, falling nine-points shy, 100-91.
Cody Curry won the 300 hurdles (43.24), pole vault (13-feet) and was a part of the winning 1,600-meter relay team (3:37.94) for Woodmore, which also won the girls’ side.
Ball Throws No-No: Katherine Ball tossed a no-hitter to push Seneca East past Mansfield St. Peter 11-1.
Ball (2-8) struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter. She also doubled and scored twice for the Tigers (3-13).
Dani Coppes went 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs for Seneca East.
Miller City Escapes: Miller City scored twice in the eighth inning as the Wildcats escaped with a 5-3 victory over Lincolnview Tuesday. Rusty Lammers threw a complete game for Miller City – the ninth-ranked team in Division IV. Kyle Niese and Cody Vennekotter each hit a home run for Miller City.
Caleb Girod and Ian Bracey each had two hits for Lincolnview.
Stump Wins 4 at Home Invite: Shelby Stump had four wins, leading the Hardin Northern girls to a team title at the 10-team Hardin Northern Invitational last Saturday.
Stump ruled the sprints, finishing first in the 100 (12.9), 200 (27.3), the 400 (1:02.6) and the high jump (5-0).
Hardin Northern finished with 107 points, beating runner-up Leipsic by 21.5.
Toledo St. John’s Jesuit at Sylvania Southview baseball, Saturday, noon: Fifth-ranked Southview (D-I) hosts No. 16 St. John’s in what is guaranteed to be an exciting baseball game.
Knight Relays at St. Francis de Sales High, Friday, 4:30 p.m.: Toledo St. John’s Jesuit and super-thrower Cody Riffle are back in action, taking on rivals Start, Clay, Central Catholic, St. Francis, and Southview – to name a few. The 6-foot-1, 227-pound senior has a top throw of 196-4 in the discus and 65-8 in the shot put this season.
Triway Tournament at Wooster, April 30 & May 1: Clear Fork – the second-ranked baseball team in Division III – will play in the Triway Tournament this Friday and Saturday. Action will begin Friday at 4:30 p.m. and resume Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.
Convoy Crestview at Crestline softball, Friday, 4:30 p.m.: If anything goes as billed, this should be a great game between two of the best in the small-school division. Crestline sits at No. 2 in Division IV, while its rival, Crestview, is two spots down at No. 4.
Archbold Walker/Dilbone Relays at Archbold High, Friday, 4 p.m.: The Archbold boys’ track team is hoping to retain its team title from a season ago, while the girls’ are hoping to improve on a fifth-place finish. Wauseon, Patrick Henry, Anthony Wayne, Bowling Green, Crestview and Liberty Center will also be at the invitational.