Baseball addict? Get your fix today.
So much baseball will be played today.
Five of the six Washington County high school baseball teams are scheduled to compete in district semifinal games this evening, with a spot in their respective district finals on the line.
For good measure, Warren softball also has a district semifinal matchup with Circleville at 5 at Ohio University.
Not far away will be the Warriors baseball team, which will square off with top-seeded Sheridan at 5 at Bob Wren Stadium on OU’s campus. The Ryan Lemley-coached club knocked off Waverly 1-0 Thursday to advance, and is expected to pitch either Chase Weihl or Tanner Neal. Weihl threw a one-hit shutout and produced the game-winning hit against Waverly.
Weihl wasn’t the only hurler to toss a gem in a sectional final last week. Frontier, Marietta, Fort Frye and Waterford all were led by dominating pitching performances.
Clay Hayes threw a no-hitter to lead the Wildcats past Symmes Valley, 5-0, while Brandon Schamp’s five-inning no-no fueled the Tigers past Meigs, 10-0.
Waterford plays Whiteoak today at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe for a 5 p.m. first pitch. The Tigers will be at Athens High School’s Rannow Field, taking on Washington Court House at 5.
Frontier’s Brent West tallied a compete game shutout on the bump to lift the Cougars over Tuscarawas Central Catholic, 1-0. The Kurt Satterfield-coached squad now will take on Strasburg-Franklin at Cambridge’s Don Coss Field, the same team that no-hit the Cougars in a district semi last season.
Fort Frye claimed a 4-2 victory over Ridgewood behind Tyler Bradford’s stellar performance. Bradford allowed just two runs on three hits while striking out 12 batters in 6 2-3 innings. He’s likely to take the mound again today when the Cadets take on Tuscarawas Valley at Meadowbrook.
If all five teams win, they will play again Wednesday, weather pending, with a regional tournament berth on the line.
It’s a good time to be a Washington County baseball fan.
Jordan Holland is an associate sports editor for The Marietta Times. He can be reached at (304) 485-1891 ext. 256 or firstname.lastname@example.org.