Prep baseball: Waterford sectional champions
RACINE – Waterford baseball won its first Division IV sectional championship in the Chad Augenstein era Tuesday.
The Wildcats clobbered Southern 11-1 in Racine to win their fourth game in a row and advance to the district tournament.
Waterford lost to Southern 12-9 earlier in the season, and will play the Tornadoes again Monday in a regular season makeup game.
Clay Hayes, who was the hero in Waterford’s big win over Trimble Monday, stepped up again Tuesday. Hayes went 4-for-4 at the plate, drove in three runs and scored two.
Other big hitters for Waterford were Mitch Ginther (2-for-4, RBI), Riley Burns (2-for-4), Daulton Shriver (double, three RBI), Brent Ginther (1-for-3, three runs), Cody Paxton (1-for-3, three runs) and Isaac Huffman (1-for-3, RBI).
Devyn Farley put together a gem on the mound for the Wildcats. Farley went the distance while striking out four Tornadoes and walking three. He surrendered just one run on five hits to earn the win.
Waterford’s next game is today at Eastern, a makeup game.
The ‘Cats’ next tournament game is Saturday against Manchester at Chillicothe Paint Stadium in a district semifinal matchup. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
Jackson 8, Jackson 7
JACKSON – Warren’s season came to a close Tuesday as the Warriors’ comeback attempt fell short in an 8-7 loss to Jackson in a Division II sectional semifinal game.
Warren trailed 8-4 going into the seventh inning. The Warriors scored three runs to make it 8-7 before Jackson pitcher Logan Largent came on to record the final out and seal the win for Ironmen.
Jackson went up 3-0 after two innings but the Warriors put up a four-spot in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. Jackson quickly answered with four runs of its own the next half-inning to retake the lead, 7-4.
The Ironmen overcame five errors in the game. Warren committed two.
Jackson starter Hunter Sexton allowed six hits and four runs (zero earned) in six innings pitched to earn the victory.
Garrett Kennedy started for Warren, going 3.1 innings and allowing seven runs (six earned). Blake Kidder pitched 2.2 innings of relief and gave up one run on two hits.
Lance Schafer and Gunnar Smith drove in a pair of runs apiece to lead Warren’s lineup.
Warren’s season comes to an end at 8-11. Jackson (17-4) will play Meigs in a sectional championship Thursday.
Strasburg-Franklin 7, Caldwell 6
NEW PHILADELPHIA – Caldwell bowed out of D4 sectional tournament play with a 7-6 setback to Strasburg-Franklin at Tuscarawas Central Catholic Tuesday.
The Brian Wheeldin-coached Redskins (15-8 overall, 8-3 Pioneer Valley Conference) hurt themselves with five errors.
Strasburg (15-10) had six miscues itself in a sloppy game.
CHS righty Caleb Heller (5-2) suffered the mound setback. Only three of the runs he gave up were earned.
Mason Janusik had a double and drove in three runs for Skins. Jack Ridenour added two singles and and RBI. Heller also had a ribbie.
Jack Addy slugged two home runs and drove in three runs for Strasburg, which advances to a sectional game on Friday.
Caldwell is scheduled to host Buckeye Trail in a PVC makeup game Friday at 5 p.m.