Lehman stays perfect in NWCC play

Staff Reports

SIDNEY — The Lehman Cavaliers used a seven-run third inning to run-rule visiting Ridgemont 11-1 and go to 3-0 in high school baseball action Tuesday.

All three games have come in Northwest Central Conference play.

Brandon Simmons got his first varsity win for the Cavs, pitching the first four frames.

Lehman had 11 hits, and all of them were singles. Parker Riley had three hits, drove in two and scored twice, Dylan Arnold had two hits and scored twice, Brandon Barhorst scored twice and Tyler Lachey drove in two.

Buccs roll

past Tigers

ANSONIA — It has been hard to get games in due to the recent cold weather, but Covington coach Mitch Hirsch has been able to establish a solid pitching rotation despite having three straight games cancelled.

That’s because of the performance of junior hurler Kenny Atkinson, who in twelve innings of action has only surrendered four walks through Covington’s first four games.

“Kenny is a gamer,” praised Hirsch after Atkinson threw a complete game 18-3 victory over Ansonia on Tuesday. “He’s not fancy, but does what we ask of him – throw strikes and keep the ball down. He’s earned his spot in the rotation, no questions asked.”

Atkinson threw a gem on Tuesday, allowing just three hits while striking out nine batters. He also helped the Buccaneers overcome three fielding errors.

Atkinson received plenty of help from the offense as Covington pounded out 17 hits in the contest.

James Grilliot went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while both Coleman Ryan and Nathan Blei drove in two runs each on a pair of hits.

Sophomore Mason Dilley had a huge night at the plate by driving in three runs on two hits and Jordan Maschino went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

Ben Kuether also had a big hit for Covington, a double in the gap.

Newton takes

care of Trail

PLEASANT HILL — Newton (6-1) put up five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, blowing open what had been a tie game and defeating National Trail 8-3 in Cross County Conference play Tuesday.

Tregg Jackson got the win, pitching five innings, striking out seven and giving up five hits. Wade Ferrell came on to pitch the final two innings, striking out two while also going 2 for 3 with an RBI and three runs scored at the plate. Rhett Gipe was also 1 for 3 with two RBIs as the Indians outhit the Blazers 6-5.

Roaders fall

to Arcanum

BRADFORD – A three-run first inning led the Arcanum baseball team to a 7-5 Cross County Conference victory against Bradford on Tuesday.

Arcanum scored three runs in the top half of the first for an early lead, and Bradford scored one run in the bottom half of the inning. The teams were even the rest of the way with Arcanum scoring two runs in the third and Bradford responding with two in the fourth. Both teams scored two runs in the sixth inning.

For Bradford Mason Justice was 2-for-4. Bryson Canan was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Parker Smith walked twice, scored two runs and drove in a run. Clay Layman scored a run, and Bryant Byers had a RBI.

Bradford is 3-4 overall and 0-2 in the CCC.

Houston wins

thiller over Bees

HOUSTON — The Houston Wildcats made their hits count in a 3-2 thriller over Bethel in non-league baseball action Tuesday at Houston.

The Wildcats upped their record on the year to 4-2.

Houston led 2-1 after an inning but Bethel tied it in the third. In the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats got what proved to be the winning run when Zach Jolly and Andrew Miller singled ahead of a ground out by Tristan Freistuhler that scored the run.

Howie Ludwig and Jolly both had a hit and scored a run, and Kaleib Freistuhler drove in a run in the first on a suicide squeeze.