Buckeye Valley used a pair of big innings to nab its first league win of the season Monday, plating six runs in the third and three more in the fifth on the way to a 9-8 Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference win over visiting North Union.
After the Wildcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning of play, the Barons (4-6, 1-2 MOAC) got on the board when Jake Spaulding converted a successful squeeze play with the bases loaded in the third. The bunt scored Wyatt Acker to make it a 3-1 game.
BV kept on rolling from there, adding another run when Colin Schwartz walked with the bases loaded and two more when Curtis Harsh laced a two-run double into the gap. Buckeye Valley scored two more runs before the side was retired, then added the three in the fifth.
North Union didn’t go quietly, scoring twice in the sixth and three times in the seventh, but the hosts extinguished the rally just in time.
The Barons, who had 10 hits in the win, were led by Schwartz, who finished 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs; David Hall, who closed 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs; and Spaulding, who was 2 for 4 with an RBI.
Acker picked up the win on the mound, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out four in his five innings of work.
•Big Walnut picked up its first league win of the season Monday, edging host Hayes 2-1 in OCC-Capital Division action.
The Golden Eagles (5-3, 1-2 OCC) were boosted by the arm of starting and winning pitcher Garrett Grover, who blanked the Pacers (4-2, 1-2) through six innings.
Hayes’ Noble Moore was the tough-luck loser, allowing just two runs on six hits in his complete-game effort.
The two pitchers dominated the action most of the way though, with all three runs coming in the final two innings of action. Big Walnut plated the first run of the game in the sixth and added an insurance run in the seventh. Hayes, meanwhile, got the tying runs on base with no outs in the bottom of the seventh, but only managed to score one off reliever Jeremy Bok, who earned the save.
•Olentangy Liberty got even with visiting Upper Arlington, avenging last week’s 3-2 setback with a convincing 8-2 OCC-Central Division win Monday in Powell.
The Patriots (8-3), who snapped a three-game losing skid with the victory, scored all the runs they would need in the first inning, plating three after starting and winning pitcher Mitchell Griffiths blanked the Golden Bears in the top half of the frame.
Upper Arlington got a run back in the top of the second, but didn’t score again until the seventh.
Liberty, meanwhile, broke things open with a four-run fifth before adding another run in the sixth to smooth out its scoring summary.
Nick Parr led the Patriot attack, finishing with two of the team’s five hits. AJ Kullman was also solid, knocking in three runs in the win.
Griffiths, who limited Upper Arlington to just five hits, struck out four in his seven innings of work.