Nothing could slow down Buckeye Valley starting pitcher Austin Doubikin Saturday at the Barnesville Classic … not rain or wind, and certainly not the Monroe Central hitters.
Doubikin was next to automatic in the 7-0 win — a game reduced to five innings because of heavy rain throughout — while tossing the first no-hitter by a Baron pitcher in three years.
He faced 18 batters in the win, throwing just 64 pitches.
“He was relaxed,” BV coach Ken Carpenter said. “And the whole team fed off him. The defense made some great plays — Austin Venable and A.J. Veach made diving grabs in the outfield — but it was all Doubikin. He did a great job. He threw strikes all game long and did what he needed to.”
He got some help from his offense, too, with Jason Shively and Veach doing the most damage. Shively had a two-run single in the third, making it a 4-0 game, while Veach finished with a single, three runs scored and three stolen bases.
The day wasn’t perfect, though, as the Barons (6-6) suffered a frustrating 9-8 setback to West Muskingum in their first of the two games at the Classic.
“We counted something like 26 mistakes we made over the course of the game,” Carpenter said. “Mistakes like errors, passed balls, missed signs, etc. We didn’t play well defensively … fortunately, the second game was a totally different story.”
Kurt Schmidt had a solid game despite the loss, finishing with a single, a double and an RBI. Nick Sheehan had two singles and two RBIs while Jake Spaulding pitched four innings of scoreless relief to keep the game close.
Westerville North 3, Hayes 0
The Pacers out-hit the Warriors 8-5 Saturday in Westerville, but couldn’t cash in on the scoreboard as the hosts used two first-inning runs and another in the fourth to notch the non-league win.
Hayes’ (7-6) bats were busy as six different players pounded out hits, the Pacers just couldn’t string any together. Jacob Bosiokovic led the way with a 3-for-3 effort from the plate while Alex Rafeld, Noble Moore, Jake South, Colin Reed and Alex Hohe all had hits in the setback.
Olentangy 15, Bexley 4
The Braves scored eight times in the first inning, twice more in the second and five times in the fifth to cruise past the Lions Saturday in Lewis Center.
Olentangy’s (7-5) Woody Wallace capped the offensive explosion with a three-run homer in the fifth and final frame.