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May 2, 2012

Orange, needing back-to-back wins over Hayes to clinch at least a share of the league championship, crept one step closer to the crown with Wednesday’s 11-2 OCC-Capital Division win in Delaware.

The Pioneers did most of their damage early, plating four runs in the first off Pacer starter Tyler Miller, who lasted just an inning.

Luke Wolford started the game with a single, Cole McCurry was hit by a pitch and Brady Harris singled to load the bases. Paul Trick and Brai Beckel were then hit by pitches in back-to-back at bats, forcing home the game’s first two runs before Anthony Mancini drove in a run via a ground out and Billy McCague hit a sacrifice fly to center to chase home the fourth and final tally of the frame. Orange added another run in the third, then plated four in the fourth to take a commanding 9-0 lead.

The Pioneers added two more in the sixth to smooth out their scoring summary.

Hayes, which struggled to do much of anything off Wolford, who pitched three shutout innings to collect the win, showed signs of life in the fourth. Jacob Bosiokovic worked a walk off Beckel, who came on in a relief role, to start the bottom of the fourth before Alex Rafeld blooped a hit into shallow right field to put two on with none out.

A double play all but ended the threat, though, as the next batter lined out to Beckel, who then spun and threw a dart to second to double off Bosiokovic just before he dove back to the bag. The next hitter, Conner Ulmer, worked a walk to put two on with two out, but Beckel picked Rafeld off second to work out of the jam.

Hayes, which managed just four hits, finally cracked the scoring column in the fifth, plating two on an RBI single from Bosiokovic.

Wolford and Beckel led the Pioneers at the plate, each collecting three hits. Harris and Cody McCague were also steady, each with two knocks in the win.

Rafeld, Noble Moore and Ethan Nicol joined Bosiokovic with hits in the setback, Nicol’s was his first of the season.

Olentangy 11, Westerville North 0

The Braves pounded the visiting Warriors Wednesday in Lewis Center, using a seven-run fourth to crack the contest wide open.

Olentangy scored a run in the first and three in the second before the eruption in the fourth.

Woody Wallace led the Braves from the plate, connecting on three hits. Christian Brett and Tyler McFarland were also solid, closing with two knocks each. Brett had two RBIs in the win, as did Avery Moore and Ryan Dubil.

While the offense was clicking right along, the defense and Dubil, who worked five innings on the mound, were cruising. Dubil allowed just two hits while striking out one en route to the win. The defense behind him, meanwhile, played error-free ball.

Liberty 5, Westerville South 2

The Patriots used a balanced attack to drop the visiting Wildcats in OCC-Cardinal Division action Wednesday in Powell.

Davis Martin and Paul Campbell led the Liberty offense, which scored a run in the second, another and the fourth and three in the fifth. Both Martin and Campbell had two hits and an RBI in the win. Alec Snider and Zach Glaze both had doubles and drove in a run.

Christian Watson picked up the win on the mound.