Diamond roundup: Cadets sectional baseball champs

From staff reports

CAMBRIDGE – Fort Frye rallied from a two-run deficit to nip Martins Ferry 5-4 in eight innings in an Ohio Division III sectional baseball final at Don Coss Field Saturday.

Righty Bradley Martin went the 8-inning distance on the hill, fanning seven and walking three for the top-seeded Cadets (19-2).

Offensively, Fort senior Colten Shuster was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Terren Huck, Drew Layton, Tanner Rice, and Chandler Lang each drove in one run for the winners.

The Sonny Bidwell-coached Cadets had only five hits in the contest off losing Martins Ferry hurler Lucas Lloyd.

Fort Frye is scheduled to play Shenandoah, a Pioneer Valley Conference opponent, in a district semi at A.J. Vaccaro Field in Steubenville Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Waterford 2, Manchester 1

CHILLICOTHE – Waterford continued its winning ways in the postseason, edging the Manchester Greyhounds, 2-1, in a district semifinal game at Chillicothe Paint Stadium Saturday night.

Wildcat freshman Clay Hayes went the distance on the hill, striking out six and walking once.

Down 1-0 in the top of the fourth, Waterford had some two-out lightning when Hayes fanned but reached first on a wild pitch.

Pinch running for Hayes, John Tucker legged it home when Mitch Ginther’s single to right went through the fielder’s legs all the way to wall. Capitalizing on the error, the speedy Ginther raced around the bases to score, giving the Cats a 2-1 advantage, and also, as it turned out, the final score.

The Chad Augenstein-coached Wildcats (11-11) are slated to play Trimble in a D4 district final at Chillicothe Paints Stadium tonight at 7 p.m. During regular season play, the Wildcats and Tomcasts split a pair of game.

Devyn Farley is expected to toe the rubber for Waterford.

River View 6, Marietta 4

WARSAW – Marietta High traveled to Warsaw Saturday morning to complete a suspended East Central Ohio League game that began on Wednesday. The Jim Thrash-coached Tigers dropped a 6-4 decision.

Resuming the contest in the second inning with the score tied at 2-2, River View continued its rally that started three days earlier and scored five runs.

MHS had taken the early lead on the strength of Anthony Kimbrough’s two-run double in the top of the second frame. However, the Tigers were only able to plate two more runs on off Black Bears’ southpaw hurler Cory Johnson.

Marietta righty Adam McKnight suffered the mound setback. Isaac Danford had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers.

RVHS finished its season 12-13, while Marietta fell to 11-13 with a makeup game to played at league-leading Dover on Tuesday.

Caldwell 9, Buckeye Trail 1

LORE CITY – Caldwell exploded for seven third-inning runs en route to a 9-1 triumph over host Buckeye Trail in PVC game Saturday.

Caleb Heller and Jack Ridenour each had two singles and drove in a run for the Redskins, who finished their season at 16-8 overall and 9-3 in the PVC.

Austin Mettler had a pair of RBIs, while Kyler McElfresh, Tyler Wells, and Jaden Border had one apiece.

McElfresh was the winning pitcher, fanning nine and walking seven. He allowed only one hit, and no runs. Heller finished up, giving up one hit. The run gave up was unearned.

Softball

Waterford 12, Trimble 2

WATERFORD – Laura Hill hurled a 3-hitter, stroked a double and had a 2-run homer as host Waterford mercied Trimble 12-2 in a D4 sectional final Saturday.

Alana Heiss added two doubles and four RBIs. Nicole Neslein chipped in with a two-basehit, and Chelsey Streight drove in a run.

Next up in postseason play, Waterford, now 9-10, is slated to play Leesburg Fairfield (17-4) in a district semifinal at Minford Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

St. Marys 11, Clay-Battelle 1

  • VIENNA, W.Va. – St. Marys jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, then basically finished off Clay-Battelle with a five-run fourth frame to record an 11-1, five-inning win in a Class A Region I softball semifinal Saturday afternoon at Jackson Park.

John Mike Nichols’ Blue Devils, now 15-11 on the season, will travel to New Martinsville Thursday to face host Magnolia at 5:30 p.m. in the regional championship game, with a berth in the state tournament the reward for the victor.

Starter and winner Mykaela Handschumacher allowed the Cee Bees (7-16) only three singles through the first four frames before Kendra Becker polished off Clay-Battelle in order in the top of the fifth to close out the win.

Williamstown 1, Wirt County 0

  • ELIZABETH, W.Va. -Williamstown’s Emily Dunn knocked in the only run of the game in the top half of the sixth inning to break up a pitching dual between the Yellowjackets’ Cierra King and Wirt County’s Courtney Casto as the visitors came away with a 1-0 victory to advance to the regional championship game next Thursday against Buffalo.

King hurled a complete-game, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out two.

Dunn’s hit brought home Emrie Gray with the winning run and was one of six singles by the maroon and gold. The Tigers’ Stone Cheuvront had the only extra base hit of the game-a double-but was left stranded.

Casto also hurled all seven innings, striking out five and walking only two.