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April 23, 2012

Tyler Johnson was close to perfect Monday, striking out 10, walking one and allowing just one hit in Orange’s lopsided 17-0 OCC-Capital Division win over host Franklin Heights.

The Orange (11-2) offense wasn’t bad, either, scoring twice in the opening inning, eight times in the third and seven times in fifth to account for the final margin.

Brai Beckel led the Pioneers from the plate, closing with four RBIs thanks to a three-run homer in the third and a first-inning sacrifice fly. Luke Wolford and Matt Sargent were also solid, finishing with two hits each.

Hayes 8, Hilliard Bradley 4

The Pacers had their two-out hitting shoes on Monday against the visiting Jaguars, scoring seven of their eight runs with two down.

Hayes (9-8, 4-5 OCC) also did a solid job manufacturing runs, going 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts to move runners into scoring position from start to finish.

The Pacers scored the game’s first run in the first, only to see the Jaguars plate three in the third to jump in front. Hayes had an answer, though, scoring five times in the fourth before pushing across two more in the sixth to smooth out its scoring summary.

Aaron Heber led the Pacers at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Other standouts included Conner Ulmer, who was 2-for-4; Alex Rafeld, who finished 1-for-4 with two RBIs; and Jake South, who was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.

Tyler Miller picked up the win on the mound, tossing all seven innings while striking out three and walking three.

Liberty 6, Dublin Scioto 5

The Patriots managed just five hits, but made each one count en route to the one-run OCC-Cardinal Division win over the visiting Irish Monday in Powell.

Liberty (8-8) scored in four of its six trips to the plate, plating one run in the first, one in the third, two in the fourth and two more in the fifth.

Scioto made the game close with four runs in the sixth, but Davis Martin, who came on in relief of Kris Popham, slammed the door in the seventh.

Popham got the win, pitching 5.2 innings while striking out three and surrendering just one earned run.

Cameron Comer, Louis Firmstone, Brandon Parr and Alec Snider led the way from the plate, each with an RBI.

Westerville Central 15, Olentangy 14

The Braves dug themselves into an early hole against the visiting Warhawks, allowing eight second-inning runs and a combined 12 in the first three, en route to dropping Monday’s OCC-Cardinal Division showdown in Lewis Center.

Olentangy (11-7) did all it could to come back, answering with five runs in the fifth and six more in the sixth, but fell a run short of completing the comeback.

Ryan Dubil’s double and Tyler McFarland’s triple and three RBIs led the Braves from the plate. Woody Wallace and Avery Moore were also steady. Wallace finished with a game-best three hits while Moore walked four times.

Elgin 7, Buckeye Valley 3

The Barons scored the game’s first runs with two in the opening inning, but the host Comets answered with five in the second and two in the third to take the win in Monday’s MOAC showdown at Elgin High School.

A.J. Veach and Jason Shively had two singles apiece while Kurt Schmidt had a single in the setback. Shively picked up the loss on the mound.