Big Walnut gave Orange one heck of a battle, bringing the tying run to the plate in the seventh inning, but the visiting Pioneers used a four-run sixth and clutch pitching from Luke Wolford down the stretch to escape with a well-earned OCC-Capital Division win Monday in Sunbury.
The game was tight throughout, much tighter than the final score suggests. Orange (8-0) started the scoring with a run in the second, but Big Walnut (7-4) answered with a run in the third thanks to a Grant Beam double, knotting the score at 1-1. The Pioneers scored another in the fourth when Brady Harris doubled in Cole McCurry with two outs, but Beam evened the game once again in the fifth, this time with a sacrifice fly.
Orange, which scored five of its six runs with two outs, broke the game open in the sixth. Billy McCague connected on a two-out RBI single to drive in what proved to be the game-winning run, Anthony Mancini added a two-run double for a little insurance and Cody McCague came up clutch with an RBI single to smooth out the scoring summary.
The Eagles loaded the bases in the final frame, getting the tying run to the plate, but Wolford struck out Big Walnut’s cleanup hitter to end the game. Wolford had four strikeouts and just two walks en route to picking up the complete-game win.
Buckeye Valley 14, Mount Gilead 9
The Barons finally put a big inning together, plating 11 runs in the top of the fifth en route to an impressive come-from-behind Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win Monday in Mount Gilead.
Buckeye Valley (4-4, 2-0 MOAC) had struggled to score runs all season, but broke out of its funk in a major way.
Jason Shively had the big hit, a thee-run, bases-clearing double to give the Barons their first lead of the game. Sean Free also had a hand in the big inning, connecting on a pair of singles in the sixth inning alone. Kyle Whetro proved to be another of the BV standouts, hammering a solo homer in the second to get his team on the board.
R.J. Oberle picked up the decision on the mound, improving to 3-0 on the young season.
Mount Vernon 6, Hayes 5
The Pacers looked to be in cruise control, up 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
That’s when the trouble started, though, as the host Yellow Jackets scored five times in the final two innings, three in the seventh, to notch the OCC-Capital Division win Monday in Mount Vernon.
Tyler Miller got the start for Hayes, tossing 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking one while allowing three runs. Jacob Bosiokovic, who came on in relief in the sixth, was pegged with the loss, allowing three runs, just one of which was earned, while striking out one.
Hayes (7-3, 2-1 OCC) plated two runs in the first, two more in the fifth and one in the sixth to build the 5-1 lead.
Bosiokovic led the way from the plate, going 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs. Aaron Heber was also steady, closing with two hits and two RBIs in the setback.
Olentangy 9, Marysville 5
Will Brett and Jacob Kaylor had a hand in six of the Braves’ nine runs, both knocking in three to lift Olentangy to an easy OCC-Cardinal Division win over visiting Marysville Monday in Lewis Center.
The Braves took an early 1-0 lead in the second, saw the Monarchs score in the third to tie it and the fourth to give them a brief lead, but Olentangy erupted for five runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to seal the deal.
Ryan Dubil picked up the win on the mound, striking out a game-high five in his 4.2 innings of work.
Liberty 3, Dublin Jerome 2
Kris Popham improved to 3-0 on the mound this season, pitching the Patriots to an OCC-Cardinal Division win over the visiting Celtics Monday in Powell.
Popham went the distance, allowing just the two runs, both coming in the fourth inning, while striking out five and walking just one.
The two Jerome runs put Liberty in an early hole, but the Patriots plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth to smooth out the scoring summary while giving Popham all the run support he would need.
Cameron Comer stood out from the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI while Tyler Welch had two hits, including a triple, in the win.