OLD FORT - There weren't many similarities between the two games of Old Fort's doubleheader Saturday against Vanlue. One game was a pitchers' duel, the other a slugfest. The only thing the two games did have in common were the endings - walk-off Stockader wins.
In the day's first encounter, Old Fort took the early lead after plating four in the third inning. Vanlue countered by scoring eight unanswered runs, including six in the fifth.
Old Fort fought back with three in the sixth but still found itself down 9-7 when it came up for its last at-bat.
PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS
Old?Fort’s Brad Heilman hits a game-winning single in the seventh inning of the opening game Saturday against?Vanlue
PHOTO BY STEVE WILLIAMS
Old Fort shortstop Brandon Tittle makes a diving play on a grounder during Saturday’s doubleheader against?Vanlue.
Brad Heilman had already been having himself a good day at the plate with a pair of hits and two RBIs, when he got one final crack at the Wildcats. Heilman laced a single scoring Jordan Bryon and Noah Henry to give Old Fort a 10-9 victory.
Maison Steyer and Marc Harris also had a pair of hits in the game. Jake Wilson drove in two runs with Steyer and Rob Root also picking up RBIs. Wilson picked up the win on the mound.
Game 2 was more controlled by pitching than the opener. The teams combined for only six hits in the contest. Old Fort once again came up in the seventh with a chance to win. This time it was Steyer playing the hero's role. Steyer singled home Bryon for a 3-2 Stockader win and the sweep. Marc Harris and Mason Meza had singles for Old Fort (5-13).
Heilman struck out five to get the win.
Chieftains thump Raiders
KANSAS - A four-run burst gave Hopewell-Loudon control. A nine-run eruption all but sealed it. Garret Sendelbach went 4 for 5 and drove in five runs and three teammates each scored three times as the Chieftains crushed Lakota 16-3 Saturday in Midland Athletic League play.
Lakota, which saw its seven-game win streak halted, struck first with a run in the bottom of the second, but it was all H-L (11-8, 4-2 MAL) from there.
Sendelbach scored twice, tripled and doubled to lead the 16-hit attack as the Chieftains used the big innings (4 in the fourth, 9 in the sixth) to cruise.
Braden Park and Jordan Stewart both had three runs, a double, single and RBI, and Ryan Depinet added three runs and a single.
Winning pitcher Tyler Imes (3-2) drove in three runs with three singles, Austin Tooker had two runs and two RBIs off two singles, and Jackson Sebetto had a single and two RBIs.
Dakota Gilbert and Casey Monroe each singled twice, scored and drove in a run for Lakota (7-8, 3-2). Madison Jaso singled twice, and losing pitcher Nick Watts singled and scored.
Eagles pull away
SYCAMORE - Liberty-Benton took control early of its game with Mohawk, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after two innings. Mohawk though battled back, cutting the lead to 4-3 going to the seventh.
But the Eagles withstood the Warriors' challenge, tacking out four more to put away a 7-3 win.
Chris Creeger had two hits and an RBI for Mohawk. Jacob McMillion also drove in a run.
Maskey gives Mohawk a win
SYCAMORE - Mohawk and Carey spent the final two innings of their Midland Athletic League contest Saturday trading the lead back and forth. But it was host Warriors who got the last laugh. Mohawk broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the sixth only to see Carey counter with two in the top of the seventh.
With the team's backs against the wall, Eric Maskey struck back.
Maskey singled home Devon Fredritz and Austin Shock for a 5-4 victory.
Fredritz and Derrick Sowers also added RBIs for Mohawk (6-11, 3-3 MAL). Austin Harper picked up the win, tossing a complete game five-hitter with six strikeouts.
All of Carey's runs were unearned. Dylan Musgrave had two hits and an RBI. Steve Yonts added a double.
Bucks split with South Central
NEW WASHINGTON - Three Buckeye Central players combined for four doubles in a 14-7 Game 1 win, but South Central edged the Bucks 7-6 in eight innings in the second game.
Eric Hanes went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs and two RBIs in the opener for the Bucks. Cole Stacklin added four RBIs off two doubles and Jordan Herrnstein scored twice, doubled and singled.
Grant Loy scored twice and singled twice, Seth Parsons singled twice, Seth Ollis scored twice and singled and winning pitcher Mike Blackford added two runs.
In Game 2, the Bucks scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to forge a 5-5 tie and both teams scored once in the seventh. The Trojans then scored once in the top of the eighth and kept Buckeye Central scoreless in the bottom of the frame.
Trent Craft suffered the loss.
Tanner Zaebst homered, singled and drove in three runs for the Bucks.
Stacklin doubled and singled, Parsons doubled, and Eric Hanes and Blackford each singled twice.
Little Giants crush TC
FREMONT - Fremont Ross took a 2-0 lead after the first inning and never let up on Columbian as the Little Giants knocked the wind out of the Tornadoes, 9-0.
Kole Amor and Nick Michael led the Little Giants with two RBIs each, while Jalen Slick and Bryce Dukeshire each had one.
Amor, Michael, Andy Mapus and Michael Hufford each doubled.
Dukeshire and Slick led the Little Giants, each earning two runs while Amor, Albert, Mapus, Hufford and Michael each scored one run.
Slick threw the complete game for Ross, giving up only two hits while striking out six.
Tyler Hossler handled the majority of Columbian's pitching duties, giving up five runs and five hits while registering one strikeout over three innings.