Sir Anthony Hopkins is the perfect actor for a gripping drama. And
Morgan Freeman, he’s not too shabby either. Movies aside, there is no better drama than a good baseball game.
State-ranked foes Sylvania Southview and Defiance provided just that
Monday. What a start to a great week in the Northwest…
Sir Anthony Hopkins is the perfect actor for a gripping drama. And Morgan Freeman, he’s not too shabby either.
Movies aside, there is no better drama than a good baseball game. State-ranked foes Sylvania Southview and Defiance provided just that Monday.
In what proved to be a drag-em out battle, No. 3 Defiance rallied for a 4-3 win over No. 2 Southview at Fifth Third Field.
Both teams battled to three lead changes in the game’s final inning and a half before Dace Kime’s two-run single to center on the ensuing at-bat lifted the Bulldogs (23-1) – the third-ranked team in Division II – to victory.
“Southview’s a talented team,” Defiance coach Tom Held told the Toledo Blade. “To be able to play and compete with them and the talent they have, I’m proud of our guys.”
Defiance reliever Steve Hammersmith (6-0) needed only one pitch to earn the win, adding to the intrigue of the game. Kime’s game-winner tagged Cougar starter David Vandercook (4-2) with the loss.
Southview (18-2) – the second-ranked team in Division I – lost by one-run for the second time this season. The Cougars dropped a 2-1 decision last month to No. 5 Perrysburg in Northern Lakes League action.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Blake Troller, Port Clinton/tennis: Winning one singles title is tough. Two is sensational. Three, well, three is what Blake Troller just accomplished.
The Port Clinton senior captured his third straight Sandusky Bay Conference singles championship last Saturday at Baywinds Athletic Club.
Troller dominated Perkins’ Chaz Herzog 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals before besting Andrew Linden of St. Mary Central Catholic in the final, 6-0, 6-3.
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Toledo Central Catholic, baseball: Central Catholic needed just one inning to dispatch City League rival Toledo Start, scoring 11 times in the second as the Irish picked-up a crucial 12-1 win at Joe E. Brown Park.
In that 11-run second, six batters made two plate appearances and only one Irish batter did not register a hit. Central totaled 10 hits in the inning – seven singles and three doubles – against Start starter Ryan Veres and reliever Julian Nino.
Despite the win, Central (14-5, 8-1) – 17-ranked team in Division I – did not land a berth in the four-team CL playoff, although the Irish still could lock down a spot with a win over Whitmer or St. Francis this week. Start (15-6, 7-3) can qualify with a win over Whitmer.
NEWS, NOTES & NUGGETS
Welch On Top Yet Again: Justin Welch, one of the country’s top discus and shot put thrower’s, won his two flagship events and Cody Seifert also won twice as the Eastwood boys’ rolled to a team title at the Oak Harbor Invitational last Saturday.
Eastwood beat runner-up Edison 125-103.
Welch was the top shot put thrower with a toss of 61-feet, 10.5-inches and claimed the discus title with a top effort of 184-02.
Seifert won the 100-meter dash in 10.97 seconds and teamed with Nate Wagner, Nick Schmetz and Taylor Depew to win the 400-meter relay in 44.94.
Rookie Wins Singles Title: Perrysburg freshman Jeff Schorsch captured the No. 1 singles championship at the Northern Lakes League meet at Bowling Green State University.
The 15-year-old handily defeated Southview’s Darren Ng 6-3, 6-1.
Schorsch’s victory, along with a No. 1 doubles title by David Hoops and Will Brundrett, gave the Yellow Jackets their third straight team title.
Michalak Gets No-No for Springfield: Springfield senior pitcher Ashlyn Michalak threw her first no-hitter of the season as the Blue Devils blanked Perrysburg 4-0, remaining a player in the race in the race for the Northern Lakes League softball title.
Michalak struck out five in the win for Springfield (15-5, 7-3 NLL), which scored all four of its runs with two outs in the seventh.
The Yellow Jackets (17-4, 8-3) had defeated the Blue Devils 7-1 earlier this spring. Both teams trail Anthony Wayne, league frontrunner at 9-1.
Rams End NOL 6-1: Lynzi Daughenbaugh has paced Upper Sandusky all season. And against Norwalk in a Northern Ohio League girls’ track and field dual, she did it once again, lifting the Rams to an easy 79.66-39.33 victory in the final league dual of the season.
The Rams’ girls ended the season with a 6-1 NOL dual meet record.
Daughenbaugh won the 300-meter hurdles (50.0 seconds), long jump (14-feet, 4-inches) and the high jump (4-10), and then joined Marissa Linhart, Emily Caudill and Taelor Daughenbaugh on the winning 800 relay (1:51.4) team.
Caudill and Halee Stief both were double winners for Upper Sandusky. Caudill was first in the 200-meter dash (27.4) and the 400 (1:04.8), while Stief won the 1600-meter run (6:31.3) and the 3200 (12:59.04).
Morgan Myers added a first-place finish in the 100 hurdles (16.7).
The Rams’ boys fell short 63-60.
Lincolnview Wins 1st Sectional Title Since 1998: For the first time in 12-years, the Lincolnview softball team is celebrating a Division IV sectional championship.
The Lady Lancers captured their first title since 1998 on Monday with a 5-3 win over Kalida.
While the result was glorious, the way there was tough for Lincolnview (17-6).
Tied at 3-all, Lincolnview pushed across two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Kaitlyn Brant hit an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch to lift the Fries to victory.
Papst Lifts Ontario in 7th: Ontario’s Mitchell Papst hit an infield single off Crestview pitcher Josh Martin with two-outs in the bottom of the seventh as the Warriors rallied to beat the Cougars 3-2 in the Division III sectional semifinal at Bucyrus High.
Papst’s single scored Logan Rupert, capping a three-run rally and lifting the third-seeded Warriors (18-6) past the fourth-seeded Cougars (14-9).
Bucks Beat Redmen on Howard’s Gem: Freshman right-hander Jordan Howard pitched a complete-game five-hitter, boosting No. 9 Bucyrus to a 7-1 North Central Conference victory over Buckeye Central.
With the win, the Bucks – the ninth-ranked baseball squad in Division III – set themselves apart from a crowded pack of frontrunners in the NCC. Bucyrus (21-5, 10-3 NCC) gained ground on Buckeye Central (19-6, 9-4), but still have to worry about Ontario and Riverdale.
Howard had five strikeouts and outdueled Redmen’s ace Sam Shafer, who allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings.
Haley Fans 12 in AW Win: Anthony Wayne pitcher Dani Haley had an impressive 12 strikeouts, and as the Generals scored three times in the seventh inning to beat Springfield 5-2.
With a win over Northview, the Generals (22-3, 10-2 Northern Lakes League) can clinch the NLL title.
Delamatre Downs Bears: After fouling off pitch after pitch, Troy Delamatre finally got what he was looking for Monday, hitting a game-tying, RBI single and later scoring to cap the come-from-behind win as Huron edged Margaretta 7-6 at Fabens Park.
Delamatre stole second base after tying the game in the bottom of the seventh, and Joey Bogden singled him in to finish off the Polar Bears.
Brandon Johnson pitched the entire game for the Tigers, allowing three earned runs on four hits to accompany eight strikeouts.
Jacoby Gets 6 Wins: In a sensational effort, Carey’s Justin Jacoby picked up four individual wins and a pair of relays victories as the Blue Devils’ boys’ and girls’ track and field teams swept a tri-meet at Wynford that included Mansfield St. Peter’s.
Jacoby placed first in the 100 (11.9), 110 hurdles (15.8), long jump (18-3.5) and the high jump (5-4), while teaming with Josh Hilvers, Sam Saenthavisouk and Dustin Massie for the top time in the 400 relay (48.46) and the 800 relay (1:43.41).
The Blue Devils boys beat the Royals 81-51, while the girls edged Wynford, 79.5-68.5.
Falcons Stop Thunderbirds: Knotted at 1-all with two-on and two-out in the top of the seventh, Brady Weber hit a 3-RBI home run, lifting Riverdale over No. 13 Lima Central Catholic 4-1 in the Division III sectional semifinals at Lima Senior.
The Falcons (15-5) advanced to meet top-seeded and top-ranked Coldwater (20-1) in the sectional final Thursday.
Jon Grant led off the seventh with a double and then moved to third on a Sam Moore groundout. A couple batters later, Weber worked his magic.
Morter Tosses 2-Hitter; Chieftains Claim Ground in MAL: Jason Morter conceded two hits as Mohawk slipped by Carey 4-2 in Midland Athletic League play, wrapping-up a piece of the league title.
Morter, who’s ERA is hovering around a stingy 0.98, improved to 5-0 on the season. He struck out five and walked three.
The Chieftains (16-6, 6-3 MAL) got two runs each in the fifth and sixth innings, including back-to-back RBI doubles from Aric Shock and Devin Cartwright in the fifth.
Redskins Advance: The Wapakoneta softball team shook off an offensive slump, exploding for 13 hits in a 10-4 win over Van Wert in the Division II sectional opener at Bath High.
The Redskins (21-4) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when starting pitcher Kelsey Place hit a 2-RBI single to right field.
Toledo City League Championship track, Rogers High, Friday, 4 p.m.: St. John’s Jesuit’s Cody Riffle set records in both the discus (170-6) and the shot put (61-3.5), and his set to defend his titles. His Titans are also looking to defend their team title.
Suburban Lakes League Championship track, Lake High, Saturday, 10 a.m.: Another record-setting star Justin Welch is hoping to defend his shot put (61-01.75) and discus (198-05) titles at this year’s SLL championship. His team, Eastwood, also easily won its conference.
Perrysburg at Sylvania Southview baseball, Tonight, 4:45 p.m.: Fifth-ranked Perrysburg (Division I) travels to second-ranked Southview (D-I) in a clutch Northern Lakes League game. Can you say drama?
Defiance vs. Van Wert, Division II sectional final baseball, Defiance High, Friday, 7:30 p.m.: Defiance – the third-ranked team in D-II – is hoping for some home field magic as the Bulldogs clash with Van Wert in the sectional championship.
Buckeye Central at Bucyrus baseball, Friday, 4:30 p.m.: In its last game of the regular season, ninth-ranked Bucyrus (D-III) hosts sixth-ranked New Washington Buckeye Central (D-IV) in an North Central Conference tilt.