By Ben Stroup firstname.lastname@example.org
April 28, 2014
While most of Monday’s action was washed out, Delaware County’s baseball teams used last week, and the weekend, to pick up some steam heading into the stretch run.
Orange, currently riding the biggest wave of momentum, capped the week a perfect 4-0 thanks to consistent efforts from Cody McCague and Alec McCurry. The Pioneers (12-3) started the week with back-to-back OCC-Capital Division wins, both on the road, against Mount Vernon and Hayes — games they won by a combined 27-8 margin.
The Pioneers than capped the week with lopsided wins over Ready and Whetstone, winning by respective scores of 14-2 and 12-5.
McCague finished the week 7 for 10 with four doubles while scoring eight runs and driving in eight more. He, along with McCurry, had two hits in the win over Mount Vernon, with McCurry adding three runs and three RBIs.
Colin Shepherd led the way in the win over Hayes, finishing with three hits to go along with four RBIs, while McCurry, Brandon Voytus, Shepherd and McCague had two hits apiece against Ready.
The starters scored 11 runs in the first inning against Whetstone before Orange’s backups closed out the win.
Liberty (14-4) was a perfect 4-0 last week as well, blanking Marysville 3-0 on Monday, drilling visiting Westland 31-0 in five innings Wednesday while sweeping away visiting Tipp City during a double-dip Saturday in Powell.
Tipp City, which entered the action with a 15-1 record, was no match for Jacob Niggemeyer in the opener. The Patriot ace, who picked up the shutout win against Marysville earlier in the week, allowed just one hit in his four innings of work, striking out five en route to the win.
AJ Kullman and Cameron Comer led the way at the plate, each with three hits and three knocked in. Niggemeyer helped himself at the dish, too, adding two hits and two RBIs of his own.
Liberty won Saturday’s nightcap in walk-off fashion, scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to notch the 9-8 non-league win.
Marcus Wechselberger powered the Patriots to the win, finishing with a team-best two hits. Niggemeyer and Alec Ross also did some damage, driving in two runs apiece.
Olentangy finished the week 3-1 thanks in large part to dominant pitching performances. The Braves (8-7-1) started things off with a pair of impressive league wins over Franklin Heights and New Albany.
Nick Emery led the way in Monday’s 9-1 win over the Falcons, tossing four innings of solid ball. He allowed just the one run while striking out five.
Collin Hoffman was the story Wednesday against New Albany, lifting his team to a 2-0 win thanks to seven shutout innings. He allowed just two hits while striking out nine. Grant Helber did the damage at the plate, knocking in both Olentangy runs.
The Braves then split Saturday’s doubleheader against host Pickerington Central, winning the opener 11-2 before falling 10-7 in the nightcap. Emery notched his second win of the week in the opener, allowing just the two runs on seven hits in the complete-game triumph, while Christian McFarland and Austin Moore boosted the Braves at the plate, finishing with three hits apiece in the victory.