Warren, Waterford advance; Fort ousted
CHILLICOTHE — Down 1-0 going into the fourth inning of Tuesday’s Division II sectional semifinal against Unioto, Warren dialed up some runs.
The Warriors scored four in the fourth, two in the fifth, four in the sixth and one more in the seventh to claim an 11-1 victory and advance to Thursday’s sectional final at home against rival Marietta.
“They were up 1-0 through three innings and we just took over,” said Warren head coach Ryan Lemley.
“We’ve played two tournament games now and put up 20 runs. That just doesn’t happen in tournament play. Our kids have done a good job of staying the course at the plate. We’ve just had really good at-bats.”
Good pitching, too.
Warren’s Kurt Taylor pitched six innings of one-run ball, walking four and striking out six. Drew Huffman tossed a scoreless seventh to lock down the victory.
“Kurt threw extremely well,” Lemley said. “He threw very well in the fifth and sixth. His pitch count got to about 110, and being a sophomore, we let Drew pitch the seventh.”
Everyone except Taylor will be available to pitch for the Warriors Thursday against the Tigers.
At the plate, Seth Dennis, Huffman and Evan Gandee had two hits apiece. Huffman was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Dennis was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a triple and Gandee was 2 for 4 with two doubles. Brayden Gerber, Taylor, Brett Gandee, Hunter Vincent and Thomas Miller all had one hit. Brett Gandee was 1 for 5 with a double, Miller was 1 for 4 with two RBI, Vincent was 1 for 2 with an RBI and Gerber was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
Warren, now 17-7, collected 11 hits and made just one error. Unioto, a top seed in the Southeast District, had just four hits and one error.
“Really proud of the kids,” Lemley said. “They just believed man. That was our ninth win in a row. We expected to compete coming in.”
Waterford 5, Trimble 3 (8 inn.)
GLOUSTER — Jacob Huffman’s two-run double in the top of the eighth inning gave Waterford a 5-3 victory over Trimble in Tuesday’s Division IV sectional championship.
Waterford grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first, but Trimble took a 2-1 lead in the third and went up 3-1 in the fifth.
The Wildcats got a run back in the sixth before Braden Bellville’s RBI single in the seventh tied things up and set up Huffman’s eighth-inning heroics.
Noah Rossiter, who struck out 11 batters in 7 1-3 innings pitched for Trimble, suffered the hard luck loss. Max Hooper pitched the final 2-3 innings for the Tomcats.
Russell Young pitched four innings of relief to get the win for Waterford. He punched out three. Zane Heiss started and went four innings with six walks and five Ks in the no-decision.
Bellville went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Brock Hayes was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Rossiter was 1-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Waterford (12-17) earned a district tournament berth and will play either Whiteoak or Sciotoville at 7 p.m. Monday at VA Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe.
Barnesville 4, Fort Frye 0
BARNESVILLE — Barnesville’s Jagger Jefferis and Fort Frye’s Luke Nelson were locked into a pitcher’s duel in Tuesday’s Division III sectional final.
A four-run sixth inning, propelled by Jefferis’ run-scoring single, lifted the Shamrocks to a 4-0 victory and a sectional crown. Ayden Hannahs added a two-run triple and Alex Meade had an RBI double.
Nelson kept the Cadets in the game for as long as he could, but Barnesville (20-5) finally broke through.
Left-handed Jefferis worked around trouble all evening as Fort Frye, despite only having three hits, consistently got runners on base. However, the Cadets were unable to get the one big hit they needed to get some runs on the board. Jefferis finished with nine strikeouts.
Fort Frye, in skipper Rob Nelson’s first year as head coach, dropped to 14-8.
“We had opportunities and against a good team like Barnesville, you have to capitalize,” coach Nelson said. “They had a nice sixth inning and that was the ballgame. It was two great pitchers, but their guy was just a little bit better.”