Liberty, Big Walnut pick up key OCC wins

Last updated: April 17. 2014 8:18PM - 963 Views
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Olentangy dominated visiting Franklin Heights Wednesday in Lewis Center, scoring a combined nine runs in the first two innings on the way to a lopsided 10-0 OCC-Capital Division win.


The Braves (4-4-1) saw eight different players record hits in the win, including Matt Forsythe and Jordan Ustaszewski, who finished with two hits apiece. Other standouts included Christian McFarland, who finished with a hit, two RBIs and a run scored; and Joe McGuinness, who had a hit, an RBI and a run in the win.


Nick Emery picked up the win on the mound, allowing four hits while striking out six in his six innings of work.


•Liberty handled its business at the plate Wednesday, collecting 16 hits en route to a 12-4 OCC-Central Division win over host Marysville.


The Patriots scored early and often, plating a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, two more in the fifth, three in the sixth and three in the seventh.


The Monarchs, meanwhile, managed just four runs on four hits.


AJ Kullman led Liberty with three hits and a game-high four RBIs. Marcus Wechselberger was also solid, closing with three hits and two RBIs in the win.


Jacob Niggemeyer secured the win on the mound, striking out seven Monarchs in his six innings of work.


•Orange took one on the chin Wednesday night in Lewis Center, falling to visiting Mount Vernon 16-4 in OCC-Capital Division action.


The Pioneers (6-2) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of first-inning runs, but the Yellow Jackets (7-1) erupted for five in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 10-3 lead into the final two frames. Orange got a run back in the sixth, but Mount Vernon all but ended things with a six-run seventh.


Jake Ross suffered the setback on the mound.


•Hayes never found its footing Wednesday in New Albany, falling to the host Eagles 11-1 in five innings.


New Albany (5-5, 2-2 OCC) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to a big first inning and, after Hayes (4-3, 1-3) got one back in the second, the Eagles plated three more in the third to all but end things. They smoothed out the scoring summary with two more runs in the fifth.


Colin Reed was the starting and losing pitcher for the Pacers.


•Big Walnut eked out a thrilling 4-3 OCC-Capital Division win over visiting Worthington Kilbourne Wednesday, plating a run in the bottom of the ninth to end the extra-inning affair.


After scoring a run in the first, the Golden Eagles saw the Wolves strike for three in the sixth. Big Walnut battled back, though, answering with two in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extras before the ninth-inning run sent the fans home happy.


Jeremy Bok, who came on in relief of starter Kyle Duncan, earned the win on the mound.


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