UPPER SANDUSKY - For six of the seven innings, Carson Mittermaier was dominant for Upper Sandusky Friday against Bucyrus. But one bad apple can spoil the barrel.
In the fifth inning, Bucyrus scored four runs off five hits and two Ram errors. Across the other six innings: one run, three hits and perfect Ram defense.
But that one big inning was enough to carry the Redmen to a 5-3 victory over Upper Sandusky.
Mittermaier had nine strikeouts.
Mittermaier helped his own cause with three hits including a double, and an RBI. Alex Kenner also drove in a run and Kolin Johnson added a pair of base hits in the loss.
BC pours it on
NEW WASHINGTON - It took Buckeye Central a while to get going Friday against Crestline. But once the Bucks got started, they didn't stop. BC managed just a pair of hits over the first three innings before erupting for 11 over the next three.
The Bucks trailed 1-0 going to the fourth, but turned it around for an 8-1 North Central Conference victory.
Grant Loy was nearly untouchable on the mound. The Bucks' hurler allowed a first-inning home run, but gave up just one hit the rest of the way, striking out 14 in the process for his third victory of the season.
Offensively, Austin Lutz led the Bucks with a pair of hits and two RBIs. Tanner Zaebst ripped two doubles and scored twice, while Loy and Seth Parsons also had two-hit days. Loy, Jordan Herrnstein and Cole Stacklin drove in runs.
Buckeye Central evens up its record at 7-7, 3-4 NCC.
NR lets one slip away
LAGRANGE - New Riegel softball has dreams of playing on a state level this season. This weekend, it's getting a taste of what the competition would be like to get there. Playing at the Prebis Memorial Classic, the Blue Jackets matched up Friday with Columbus Bishop Ready, a Division III semifinalist from a season ago.
Taylor Arbogast put New Riegel in position for a dramatic win with a 2-run single in the top of the seventh inning to give her team a 2-1 lead. But Ready was ready to respond. After loading the bases, the Silver Knights scored the tying run off a New Riegel error, then got the winning run off a bloop single to short center.
The loss was the third straight for New Riegel (12-4). Arbogast had two hits on the day with a double. Gidge Elchert and Taylor Kirian scored New Riegel's runs after a sacrifice by Morgan Noftz put them in position.
Irish power past TC in tennis tourney
Columbian fell to Toledo Central Catholic, 3-2, in the opening round of the OTCA state coaches tournament.
The Irish swept singles play with Dugan Delp defeating the Tornadoes' Ben Klepper 6-0, 6-0.
London Klucas won the second match with a win over Columbian's Hunter Stark 6-0. 6-0.
Drew Dominiak closed the sweep for the Irish, defeating Eline Widman 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
In doubles play, Columbian took both matches with the Tornado duo of Nick Gaietto and Braden Kuhn defeating Jacob Scally and Rigby Crawford 6-0, 6-0.
Zach Gaietto and Adam young finished out with a win over the Irish's Cody Lepiarz and John Villaflor 6-1, 6-2.
Carey girls second, boys fifth at W-G
WAYNESFIELD - Carey's girls won a pair of relays Friday night, and Gwen Wentling and Amber Spurlock each won individual events to help the Blue Devils to a second-place finish at the Tiger Invitational at Waynesfield-Goshen.
Bellefontaine won the meet with 135 3/4 points. Carey finished with 108 1/4.
Carey's boys also collected a number of wins in placing fifth.
On the girls side, Carey's 4x200 team of Sara Craig, Lauren Wenner, Wentling and Spurlock took first in 1:52.65. The 4x100 team of Wenner, Wentling, Spurlock and Hailey Heinz won in 53.37.
Wentling won the 400 in 1:03.36, while Spurlock took the 200 in 27.69.
In the boys meet, Waynesfield-Goshen won with 152 points. Carey had 70.
The Blue Devil boys were paced by Tommy Arrendondo, who won the long jump (19-6), and by Jacob Goble, who took the shot in 50-4.
TU golfers make third straight appearance in NCAAs
For the third-consecutive year, Tiffin University's men's golf team has been selected to participate in the NCAA Midwest Regional.
There are 80 teams and 32 individuals selected to compete in the regional tournaments on May 5-7. At a minimum, the top three teams and the top two individuals will advance to the finals May 19-23, at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Michigan.
The finals will be hosted by Grand Valley State University.
"We are excited and honored to once again be selected as one of the top 10 teams from the Midwest Region," TU coach Darby Roggow said in a release.