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2009 OHSAA Baseball Championships Recap

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June 9, 2009

2009 OHSAA Baseball Championships Recap

State Bracket

Division I (Box Score): Sixth-ranked Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller captured its fifth state title by knocking off second-ranked Pickerington North 5-2.

North scored a run in the top of the first, but the Crusaders (24-5) answered with three tallies in the bottom half, getting an RBI base hit from junior Tyler Hutchison, an RBI groundout from senior Eric Smith, and senior Brett Cisper coming around to score on a passed ball.

Senior Eric Brindle had an RBI single for North in the fourth to cut it to 3-2. The Crusaders, though, came back with a run of their own in the fourth, with junior Ethan McAlpine scoring on an error. Moeller pushed across its final run in the fifth on Smith’s RBI single.

Brindle, Smith and senior Sage Iacovone each had two hits to lead Moeller’s offense. Junior Robby Sunderman worked five innings and yielded just one earned run to earn the win, while Cisper closed the game with two scoreless frames to pick up the save.

North, playing in its first state championship game, finished its season at 30-4, as Brindle and senior Alex Bayer both went 2-for-3.

Division II (Box Score): Behind a two-hitter from senior Erik Okleson, unranked Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin (28-4) defeated second-ranked Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 2-1 to claim its second state title.

Okleson allowed a one-out home run in the top of the first to senior Joe Pawlowski and a two-out single in the second, but held the Warriors hitless the rest of the way. He walked four and struck out six in the complete game victory.

NDCL tied the score at one in the bottom of the second, with senior Sean Stricker’s single plating senior Matt Bencic. The Lions pushed across the go-ahead run in the sixth as Bencic singled home senior Rob Searles with two outs. The Warriors then put two runners aboard in the seventh, but Okleson ended it by forcing a groundout and flyout.

Walsh Jesuit, the defending and four-time state champion, finished with a 25-6 record and as state runners-up for the first time.

Division III (Box Score): Gnadenhutten Indian Valley took advantage of a Hamilton Badin miscue and won its first state title with a 7-6 victory over the top-ranked Rams in eight innings.

Badin (29-3) tied the score at six with a run in the sixth inning that eventually forced the game to extra innings. After the Rams went down in order to start the eighth, junior Matt Wheeler walked and junior Logan Gray singled, with Wheeler coming around to score on a throwing error to end it.

The Rams had taken a 4-1 lead in the third, with the big hit being senior Brett McKinney’s two-run double. But the Braves responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead of the game. Indian Valley (27-2) took advantage of a walk, two errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball to do its damage.

The Braves scored again in the fourth on sophomore Logan Cozart’s RBI single, but Badin knotted it up with junior Scott Purcell’s sacrifice fly in the fifth and senior Zach Toerner’s RBI double in the sixth.

Junior Adam Mizer pitched the final 5 2/3 innings for sixth-ranked Indian Valley and gave up one earned run to earn the win. Gray had three hits and Wheeler reached base four times, scoring three runs.

For Badin, Corey VanNatta scored three times, while Toerner, McKinney and Purcell each drove in two runs. The Rams finished as runners-up for the second straight year and the third time since 2005.

Division IV (Box Score): Hamler Patrick Henry (25-4) succeeded in its title defense by defeating New Middletown Springtown Local 3-1.

Fifth-ranked Patrick Henry is the first school since Newark Catholic (2002-04) to repeat as state baseball champions. Newark Catholic accomplished the feat in Division IV as well.

The fifth-ranked Patriots scored twice in the top of the first. Senior Chris Boyer had a sacrifice fly and senior Tyler Phillips hit an RBI single to put Patrick Henry on the board.

Springfield (29-5) tallied its lone run in the second on junior Matt Semach’s sacrifice fly, which scored senior Bryan Visingardi. Patrick Henry tacked on an insurance run in the fifth, as senior Brian Kline’s RBI basehit scored senior Clay Maas.

Kline went the distance on the mound for the Patriots, yielding just three hits and two walks. Senior Mitch Leonard had three hits and senior Cody Meyer had two, and both scored a run as well.

Unranked Springfield was making its second appearance in the state tournament and finished as runners-up for the first time. Junior Dylon DeJane had two of the Tigers’ three hits.

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