SIDNEY — Lehman catcher Max Schutt made the Botkins Trojans pay for intentionally walking the batter ahead of him in the third inning, and it spurred Lehman to a 10-3 win in Division 4 Sectional semifinal play at Lehman Wednesday.
The Cavaliers, who lost to Triad on Tuesday, are now 19-3 on the year and are at Hardin Northern Saturday in a makeup conference game.
Lehman will play Russia in a D-IV sectional final Wednesday at a site to be determined.
“It was a tough game,” said Lehman coach Dave King. “We made a big defensive play in the third inning and that seemed to spark us. They have the bases loaded with one out and tried a suicide squeeze, but (pitcher) Parker Riley got to the ball and flipped it to Max (Schutt) for a forceout. Then we got the final out and kept them off the board.”
In the bottom of the third, Brandon Barhorst singled and stole second, and after an out, Botkins chose to intentionally walk hot-hitting Nate Bosway. But Schutt spoiled the move by belting a three-run homer to left for a 3-0 lead. Dylan Arnold then followed with a solo homer.
The Cavs then added four more runs on three hits in the fourth.
Riley and Bosway combined on a four-hitter, with nine strikeouts and four walks.
Schutt was 3 for 3 with a double, a homer, three runs scored and four RBIs for the Cavs. Barhorst had three hits and scored twice, Stephen Monnin had two doubles and drove in two, and Arnold had two hits, scored twice and drove in two.
DEGRAFF — The Russia Raiders exploded for seven runs in the top of the fourth and that was more than enough in an 8-2 win over Riverside in a Division 4 Sectional semifinal matchup of high seeds.
Russia, the No. 5 seed, is now 14-8 on the year and advances to the sectional finals against top-seeded Lehman next Wednesday at a site to be determined.
Riverside, the No. 4 seed and the No. 3-ranked team in the state, closes out the season at 20-7.
Russia got a run in the first, but the Pirates came back with two in the third. However, the Raiders exploded in the top of the fourth.
Trevor Monnin had a single and a double for the Raiders, and Zach Sherman also had a double. Monnin drove in two runs.
Jonah Counts worked all seven innings for the Raiders and scattered seven hits, two of them by Hunter Kreglow. Counts struck out seven and walked none.
PLEASANT HILL — Newton will be making its third straight trip to the Division IV sectional title game after Wednesday’s 10-0 second-round victory over Xenia Christian at home.
And after the outing Treg Jackson — a sophomore — had, there may be more in the future.
Jackson pitched a one-hitter for the third-seeded Indians, striking out 14 Ambassadors in the six-inning shutout.
“That makes him 6-1 on the season, and it brings his ERA down to 1.83,” Newton coach Nathan Kopp said. “His last game, he struck out 13. Tonight, he struck out 14. That’s 77 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. He’s been really dominant. He’s been overpowering at times, but at the same time, he hits his spots and throws his curveball for strikes.”
The Indians, meanwhile, didn’t need to do much offensively. Austin Evans had two of their four hits in the game as 12th-seeded Xenia Christian issued a number of free passes and committed six errors in the game.
Newton will face No. 7 seed Twin Valley South Wednesday at Duke Park for the sectional title.
TRIAD — Covington coach Mitch Hirsch was optimistic that his team was capable of making a long tournament run – if it could find a way to get through a brutal sectional.
“This sectional is stacked every year,” Hirsch said. “You have us, Fort Loramie, Triad, Mechanicsburg, Russia, Lehman, Riverside – there are six or seven teams in the Troy upper and lower sectionals capable of winning districts. I felt we had the team this year to do it.”
Unfortunately, with all of those quality teams, just two will advance past the sectional. And more unfortunately, Hirsch and the Buccaneers will not be one of them after suffering a 4-0 loss to #2 seeded Triad on Wednesday.
For Covington, Jared Williams and Levi Winn both went 2-for-3 and Nathan Blei recorded a hit.
Blei went the distance on the hill for Covington as he only gave up one earned run and limited a very potent Triad lineup to seven hits.
Covington finished the season 11-10.
BRADFORD – The Bradford baseball team lost 8-3 to Twin Valley South in its opening round game of the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament.
Bryson Canan went 2-for-3 for Bradford. Mason Justice was 2-for-4. Walker Branson went 1-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Andy Branson added a double.
SPRINGFIELD – Versailles lost 6-2 to Northwestern in the second round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association softball tournament on Wednesday.
Kami McEldowney led the Versailles offense by going 3-for-4 with a double. Morgan Heitkamp went 2-for-3 and Cori Lawrence was 2-for-4.
Hailey McEldowney had a RBI.
Lauren Heitkamp pitched the complete game, allowing two earned runs and four unearned runs on 10 hits and two walks.
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TROY — Both singles player Josh Hanes and the doubles team of Brendan Tisher and Sean Hatke advanced to the D-I sectionla tennis quarterfinals at Troy before losing Thursday.
Hanes defeated Sidney’s Dylan Vonderheuvel 6-3, 6-3, defeated Greenville’s Quintin Muhlenkamp 7-6 (6), 6-7 (6), 6-3, then lost to the top seed, Springfield’s Nick Pavlatos, 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinal round.
In other singles matches Tyler Lavey defeated Stebbins’ Mike Huff 6-0, 6-0, then lost to the No. 4 seed, Tecumseh’s Mitchell Foland, 6-3, 6-0; and J.J. Rohrbach lost to Greenville’s Austin Grote 6-1, 6-1.
Tisher and Hatke defeated Sidney’s Armstrong and Feree 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, then lost to the No. 2 seed, Tecumseh’s Eben and Sims, 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
Emily Williams and Brad McPherson lost to Tecumseh’s Mulkey and Adams 6-1, 6-2.