Olentangy Orange continued its dominance of OCC-Capital Division competition, picking up a 6-0 win over visiting Hilliard Bradley Friday in Lewis Center.
The Pioneers scored two runs in the second inning to get things started added three more in the third to balloon their lead to five, and added an insurance run in the sixth to smooth out the scoring summary.
It wasn’t perfect, according to coach Phil Callaghan, but getting the win was what mattered.
“We didn’t play great,” he said. “We didn’t run the bases very well — they had a side-arm type of pitcher that kept us off-balance — but with Luke (Wolford) on the mound, we knew we were in good shape.”
Wolford tossed all seven innings to pick up the comlete-game victory, allowing just three hits while striking out five and walking two.
He helped his cause from the plate, too, finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Billy McCague was also steady, finishing a perfect 3-for-3 while Alec McCurry drove in a pair of runs and Cole McCurry and Paul Trick had an RBI each.
With the win, Orange improved to 14-2 overall and 9-2 in the conference, tied atop the league standings with Big Walnut with just three games to go.
“Next week’s a big week for us,” Callaghan said, knowing his team can garner at least a share of the conference crown by winning out. “We have another one against Bradley and two tough games against Delaware.”
Big Walnut, meanwhile, has Mount Vernon Monday before closing out the OCC slate with two against Franklin Heights.
New Albany 1, Hayes 0
Senior Jake Wright matched zeros with New Albany ace Wynston McMartin through six innings, but the host Eagles found a way to chase home a run in the bottom of the seventh to escape Friday’s OCC-Capital Division clash with a 1-0 win.
New Albany worked a walk to start the final frame, had two on after Hayes was late on an attempted to get the lead runner on a sacrifice bunt and scored when a shot up the middle bounced off the leg of Wright, allowing the game-winning run to sprint home.
Hayes, which managed just two hits off McMartin, had its best chance to score in the fifth. Conner Ulmer started the inning with a single, reached third with just one out, but missed scoring on a squeeze bunt, just barely, as the New Albany catcher got to the ball quick enough to make a play.
The pitchers were the story, allowing a combined six hits between them, with Wright giving up four knocks while striking out three in his seven innings of work. He threw only 86 pitches in the setback.
Wright had the other Pacer hit, too.
Olentangy 10, Westerville South 1
The Braves used a potent offensive attack to power past the host Wildcats for an OCC-Cardinal Division win Friday in Westerville.
Olentangy, which banged out 12 hits in the win, scored three runs in the first and four in the second to take a commanding 7-1 lead heading into the third inning.
The Braves added single tallies in the fourth, fifth and seventh.
Tyler McFarland led the attack whith a game-best four hits. Jacob Kaylor, meanwhile, was the top run producer, driving in a team-leading four.
Ryan Dubil picked up the win on the mound, striking out four in his six innings of work.