WEEK 9 BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
*Joe Vranesic, Moeller
After hitting a two-run double in a regional semifinal win over Beavercreek, junior came up huge in 4-3 regional final win over Mason. Vranesic in addition to hitting in the games first run, Vransic got hit by a pitch in the ninth inning with the bases loaded to knock in the game-winning run. He also pitched the bottom of the ninth and picked up the save.
WEEK 9 BASEBALL TEAM OF THE WEEK
The two-time defending state champion Pirates advanced to their fifth straight state tournament with a 5-0 win over Marion Elgin in a D-III regional final at Ohio State.
NOTE: Winners receive personalized awards, which will be sent in June.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
*Caleb Fergusen, West Jefferson
Senior struck out 27 batters in shutout wins over Bexley (2-0) and Urbana (7-0).
*Bryant Shellenbarger, Mount Vernon
Sophomore threw a no-hitter and hit for the cycle in a 21-1 win over Franklin Heights. Shellenbarger was 4-for-5 with seven RBIs. He hit a two-run HR in the second inning, a two-run triple in the third, a three-run double in the 4th and a single in the 4th. On the mound he worked out of a bases loaded no-out jam in the third.
*Konner Klein, Akron Ellet
Senior threw a perfect game and K’d 11 in a 12-0 win over Akron North.
*Jacob Servidio, North Olmsted
Threw a no-hitter (and had a double and two RBIs) in a 9-0 win over Steele.
*Ethan Caudill, Seneca East
Threw a complete-game two-hit shutout and K’d 16 in a 3-0 win over Mohawk. Enters week with 0.19 ERA and 81 Ks.
*Travis Smith, Portsmouth West
Threw a no-hitter and K’d five in a 9-0 win over South Webster. Also went 2-for-4 at plate.
*Clay Hayes, Waterford
Connected for a two-out sixth-inning grand slam that gave the Wildcats a 4-3 lead and eventual upset win over Trimble. Hayes also pitched the seventh to pick up the save.
*Clay Grubb, McComb
Junior pitcher threw a four-hitter and K’d 16 in a complete-game 13-5 win over Arlington in a D-IV district final.
TEAMS OF THE WEEK
The Rockets had 21 hits en route to 21 runs in a 21-2 win over Fostroia St. Wendelin. Alex Osborn led P-G with four hits (three doubles) and six RBIs.
Redskins won their eight straight WCSM St. Henry Bank Invitational title with an 8-3 win over Russia.
Beavers jumped 20 spots in the PBR Ohio/JJHuddle D-I state poll (from 47 to 27) thanks in part to sweeping a doubleheader with Centerville. Also split a doubleheader with Bellbrook (lost 2-1). Enter week tied for first in GWOC Central at 4-0.
The Senecas went 5-0 last week, including a big win over McComb.
Playing in its first OVAC Baseball Championship, the Redskins won their first title aith a 9-1 victory over Shadyside in the 2A final. Caldwell beat Toronto in the semifinals.
The Eagles beat three-time defending league champion Leipsic 6-0 to win their first outright Blanchard Valley Conference baseball title since 1994.
The Bearcats beat Portsmouth Clay in the D-IV sectional finals to win their third straight sectional title.
Bulldogs improved to 27-3 won their first district title since 2008 with an 11-5 win over Tallmadge in D-II.