Hayes posted its second straight win over host Hilliard Bradley Wednesday afternoon, stealing eight bases while coupling solid pitching with a productive offensive attack for the 8-2 OCC-Capital Division triumph.
Freshman pitcher Noble Moore earned the win on the mound. He walked six in his seven innings of work, but kept the ball down, forcing a slew of ground balls his defense, which had just one error all game long, had little trouble turning into outs.
His teammates, meanwhile, gave him plenty of support from the plate, too. Hayes (10-8, 5-5 OCC) scored two runs in the first, five in the third and another in the seventh to smooth out the Pacers’ scoring summary. They had 12 hits when all was said and done, led by Jacob Bosiokovic, who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three of the team’s eight stolen bases. Other standouts included Aaron Heber, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs; Conner Ulmer, who was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs; and Alex Rafeld, who had a hit and an RBI in the win.
Westerville Central 1
After allowing 15 runs in a loss to the Warhawks just two days ago, the Braves bounced back with an impressive all-around showing to nab an OCC-Cardinal Division win Wednesday in Westerville.
Central scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first, but Olentangy answered with three in the second and two more in the third to break the game open.
Casey Stanley fired a gem on the mound, pitching all seven innings while striking out five to nab the complete-game victory. He gave up nine hits, but worked out of jams thanks to a defense that played errorless ball behind him.
Offensively, Ryan Dubil led Olentangy with a pair of RBIs. Woody Wallace also drove in a run in the win.
Orange 18, Franklin Heights 1
The Pioneers scored 13 runs in the third inning alone, leaving little doubt as to the final outcome of Wednesday’s OCC-Capital Division showdown against the visiting Falcons.
Franklin Heights scored the game’s first run in the top of the opening inning, but Orange (13-2) answered with two in the bottom half to take the lead for good. The Pioneers, up 15-1 after the big third, added three more in the fourth to account for the final margin.
Brai Beckel pitched the first four inning to earn the win on the mound. Austin Simpson came on in relief to pitch a scoreless fifth.