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2016 OHSAA Baseball State Tournament

Huntington Park, Columbus
June 2-4, 2016

 


Defiance Advances to Second-Straight State Championship, Defeats Steubenville 6-1
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Top-ranked Defiance defeated No. 2 Steubenville 6-1 in a Division II state semifinal baseball game at the 2016 OHSAA baseball state tournament at Huntington Park on Thursday.

Defiance (28-2) scored runs in the first three innings and led 4-0 through three. Steubenville (25-3) inched closer in the bottom of the fifth after sophomore Gino Pierro grounded out to the shortstop on a fielder’s choice to score junior Nick Scott and cut the deficit to just 4-1.

But Defiance added two runs in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Emilio Gonzalez singled to center field to score junior Bryce Borton and give Defiance a 5-1 lead. Later in the inning, senior Abram Smith singled to left field and Gonzalez scored after a throwing error to extend the Defiance advantage to 6-1.

Senior pitcher Shay Smiddy did not allow any runs in the final two innings, earning the victory, 6-1.

Defiance will face the winner of Poland Seminary (28-3) against Hamilton Badin (21-11) in the Division II state championship on Saturday at 10 a.m.


Sixth Inning Rally Powers Hamilton Badin Past Poland Seminary, 8-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Hamilton Badin scored seven of its eight runs in the sixth inning to key an 8-3 victory against Poland Seminary in a 2016 OHSAA Division II state semifinal baseball game at Huntington Park on Thursday.

Badin (22-11) will face No. 1 Defiance (28-3) in the Division II state championship on Saturday at 10 a.m. This marks the eighth state championship appearance for Badin. Defiance is the defending Division II state champion, and overall the two schools have combined to win five state titles all-time.

Badin trailed Poland Seminary 3-1 heading into the sixth inning, but the Rams used five hits and strong base running to score seven runs, all earned, to take an 8-3 lead, which it maintained en route to victory.

Badin senior pitcher Logan Heintzman went all seven innings on the mound, surrendering three earned runs but none in the final three innings. Seniors Cody Boxrucker and Zach Larkin each went two-for-four and combined for three RBIs. Senior Mitchell Raley also added two RBIs and one hit.


Walk-Off Wild Pitch Secures Division I State Championship Birth for Cincinnati La Salle
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cincinnati La Salle junior Brady Reynolds scored from third base on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure a 5-4 victory over Solon in a 2016 OHSAA Division I state semifinal baseball game at Huntington Park on Thursday.

La Salle (25-7) will face the winner of Cleveland St. Ignatius (22-10) against Pickerington North (21-9) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Division I state championship.

Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, La Salle sophomore Griffin Merrit scored on a throwing error by the shortstop to cut the deficit to 4-3. Later in the inning, senior Tim Casey laid down a sacrifice bunt that scored senior Jon Hambrick, tying the game at 4-4.

Then in the bottom of the seventh, Reynolds scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch, sealing the victory for the Lancers, 5-4. La Salle's two baserunners in the seventh inning reached base on walks. 

Hambrick finished two-for-three with two RBIs. La Salle senior pitcher Jacob Kaiser went all seven innings on the hill, giving up five hits for the game.

 

 

Pickerington North Defeats Cleveland St. Ignatius 5-3 To Earn State Title Berth
COLUMBUS, Ohio — In extra innings, Pickerington North defeated Cleveland St. Ignatius 5-3 in a 2016 OHSAA Division I state semifinal at Huntington Park on Thursday.

Pickerington North (22-9) will face Cincinnati La Salle (25-7) in the Division I state championship on Saturday at 1 p.m., marking the second state final appearance for Pickerington North in school history, the first since 2009.

Trailing 1-0 in the top of the third, Pickerington North junior Dillan Smith recorded an RBI triple, scoring senior Connor Ayers to tie the game at 1-1. Then junior Alec Bradbury singled to score Smith, giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead through three.

In the bottom of the seventh trailing 3-2, Cleveland St. Ignatius kept its hopes alive, as senior Dennis Grosel singled to score junior Joey Gutbrod and tie the game at 3-3 to send it into extra innings.

But Pickerington North scored the game’s final two runs in the top of the eighth. A fielding error allowed senior Cole Losoncy and sophomore Mitchell Smith to score, giving the Panthers a 5-3 lead. Then senior pitcher Justin Grubb did the rest, closing the game to earn the win for Pickerington North.

 

 


Strong Pitching Powers Berlin Hiland to Third State Championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Berlin Hiland senior pitcher Eric Mullet went all seven innings on the mound and struck out eight batters to help earn Hiland a 3-0 victory against Versailles in a 2016 OHSAA baseball Division III state semifinal game on Friday at Huntington Park.

Mullet has not given up an earned run in 109 straight innings and is now 9-0 on the season.

Hiland scored two of its three runs in the top of the third inning. With two outs and junior Chris Miller on second base, junior Tyson Gingerich doubled through the right side to score Miller, getting the Hawks on the board, 1-0. Then with Gingerich on second, junior Bryan Yoder singled up the middle to drive home Gingerich and give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.

Hiland added to its advantage in the top of the fifth, as a sacrifice fly by Yoder allowed Kline to score once again, giving Hiland a 3-0 advantage, which it maintained en route to victory.

Hiland ((29-2) faces the winner of Bellville Clear Fork (19-13) against Apple Creek Waynedale (25-5) in the Division III state championship on Saturday at 4 p.m.



Apple Creek Waynedale Defeats Bellville Clear Fork 6-3, Advances to First State Championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Trailing 3-2 in the top of the seventh, Apple Creek Waynedale scored four runs to key a 6-3 win against Bellville Clear Fork in a 2016 OHSAA Division III baseball state semifinal at Huntington Park on Friday.

Waynedale (26-5) faces top-ranked Berlin Hiland (29-2) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Division III state championship, marking the first time Waynedale has appeared in an OHSAA baseball state final.

Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Clear Fork responded with two runs to take a 3-2 lead going into the top of the seventh. With the bases loaded, junior Hunter Boyer singled to send home freshman Mitch Dulin, then a sacrifice fly by junior Luke Clark allowed senior Caleb Meredino to score, giving the Colts a 3-2 lead.

But Waynedale responded in the seventh. With the bases loaded and one out, senior Markus Schlabach singled down the left field line to score senior Shayne Weaver and sophomore Ryan Weaver, giving Waynedale the lead, 4-3. Two more runs in the inning were enough for the Golden Bears to extend its lead to 6-3, which it maintained en route to victory.



Newark Catholic Books Fourth-Straight Trip to Division IV State Final, Defeats Fort Recovery 7-3
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Newark Catholic was victorious 7-3 against Fort Recovery in a 2016 OHSAA Division IV baseball state semifinal game at Huntington Park on Friday.

With the victory, the Green Wave (23-10) have achieved four-consecutive state final appearances and will seek to win their ninth baseball state title on Saturday.

Fort Recovery (22-10) started strong, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.

In the top of the third trailing 2-0 with the bases loaded, Newark Catholic senior Nick Cavinee singled to center field to score seniors Mitch Lohr and Jon Erhard to tie the game at 2-2. Then senior Zac Walker scored on a passed ball, giving Newark Catholic a 3-2 lead.

Newark Catholic scored its final four runs in the top of the fifth. With the game tied 3-3, a double to center field by sophomore Tyler York scored junior Noah Fodor to re-take the lead, 4-3. A single by junior Jody Mummey drove in junior Caleb Claggett, and a fielding error by the second baseman later in the inning allowed Mummey and York to score, giving the Green Wave a decisive 7-3 advantage.

Newark Catholic faces the winner of North Lewisburg Triad (25-7) against Cuyahoga Heights (15-10) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Division IV state final.



North Lewisburg Triad Defeats Cuyahoga Heights 6-0, Advances to Second State Final
COLUMBUS, Ohio — North Lewisburg Triad junior pitcher Shane Ford went all seven innings on the mound, recording three strikeouts and giving up just one hit in a 6-0 victory over Cuyahoga Heights in a 2016 OHSAA Division IV state semifinal at Huntington Park on Friday.

The Cardinals (26-7) will seek their first state title against defending state champion Newark Catholic (23-10) in the Division IV state championship on Saturday at 7 p.m.

With the game tied 0-0 in the bottom of the second inning and the bases loaded, senior Dalton Holycross recorded a sacrifice bunt to drive home sophomore Briley Harlan and give Triad the lead, 1-0.

Later in the inning, senior Trent McIntyre tripled to right center field, driving home Ford, junior Alec Ober and sophomore Jacob Greve to extend Triad’s advantage to 4-0.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the sixth, and Ford closed the deal, earning a 6-0 victory.
 

 


Defiance Earns Second-Straight State Championship in Extra Innings, Defeats Hamilton Badin 3-2 in Eight Innings
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, Defiance junior Austin Taylor singled to centerfield to score senior Shay Smiddy, earning a 3-2, eight inning victory for the Bulldogs against Hamilton Badin and its second-straight state championship in the 2016 OHSAA Division II baseball state final at Huntington Park in Columbus on Saturday.

Defiance (29-2) has captured three Division II baseball state titles in the past four seasons and earned its fourth in school history.

On the mound, Defiance was led by seniors Abram Smith and Shay Smiddy. Smith went five innings and surrendered just two hits and one unearned run. Smiddy pitched the final three innings for the Bulldogs, recording three strikeouts en route to victory.

Senior catcher Jacob Jimennez went two-for-four with one RBI. Taylor and junior Charlie Gordon each recorded one hit and one RBI.

Badin was led by seniors Garrett Hogan and Mitchell Raley. Hogan went two-for-three and Raley went one-for-two while also accounting for both of Badin’s RBIs.

Defiance scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, as a sacrifice fly by Gordon scored Smiddy to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead through one.

Badin countered in the top of the second, as a sacrifice fly by Raley scored Mulcare to tie the game at 1-1.

After three innings of scoreless baseball, Defiance scored in the bottom of the sixth to take a 2-1 lead, as Jimennez singled to left field to score junior Braden Frederick.

Badin stayed alive in the top of the seventh. Trailing 2-1, Raley singled to right field to score Mulcare, tying the game 2-2.

But Defiance would score the game’s final run in the bottom of the eighth. Smiddy was hit by a pitch to begin the inning, then a sacrifice bunt by Frederick advanced Smiddy to second. A single by Gordon advanced Smiddy to third, then after a foul out to give Badin two outs, Taylor singled to score Smiddy and score the game’s final run, earning Defiance its second straight state title.



Grubb’s Gem Helps Pickerington North Defeat Cincinnati La Salle 2-1 and Capture First State Title
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Pickerington North senior pitcher Justin Grubb surrendered just one run on five hits and two runs for the Panther offense were enough to defeat Cincinnati La Salle 2-1 in the 2016 OHSAA Division I baseball state championship at Huntington Park on Saturday.

With the victory, Pickerington North (23-9) captures its first baseball state championship in school history. The Panthers were making just their second appearance in the state tournament all-time and their first state championship game appearance since 2009, when they finished as state runner-up.

Pickerington North is the first Columbus area Division I school to win a baseball state championship since Dublin Coffman defeated Maumee 6-0 in 2001, and just the second since 1990.

Grubb went all seven innings on the hill, striking out four batters en route to the win. Offensively, the Panthers were led by freshman Drew Salinas, who finished two-for-three with one RBI. Senior Cole Losoncy finished with one hit and one RBI, and seniors Koebe Rush and Nick Whetnall each finished with one hit.

La Salle was led on the mound by junior Micah Allen and senior Jacob Kaiser. Allen went six innings and surrendered just five hits and two runs while also adding a strikeout and one RBI offensively. Kaiser pitched the seventh and allowed no hits or walks. Offensively, the Lancers finished with five hits but mustered just one run.

Pickerington North scored both of its runs in the top of the fourth inning. After two consecutive walks and a wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third with two outs, Losoncy singled to right field to score sophomore Jaret Wilcox and put the Panthers up, 1-0. Then Salinas singled to right center field, scoring Mitchell Smith to extend Pickerington North’s advantage to 2-0.

La Salle cut Pickerington North’s lead in the bottom of the fifth, as a sacrifice fly by Allen scored senior Andrew Sexton and trimmed the deficit to 2-1.

But Grubb was too strong on the mound and did not surrender a hit for the rest of the game, sealing the victory and state championship for Pickerington North, 2-1.

 

 

Berlin Hiland Captures First Baseball State Championship
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A five-run fourth inning powered Berlin Hiland to a 7-1 victory against Apple Creek Waynedale in the 2016 OHSAA Division III baseball state championship at Huntington Park on Saturday.

With the victory, Hiland (30-2) earned its first baseball state title in school history. The Hawks reached the state final by defeating Versailles 3-0 in the state semifinals.

Hiland was led offensively by junior Tyson Gingerich, who went two-for-four with three RBIs. Junior Bryan Yoder went two-for-four with one RBI, and junior Chris Kline also went two-for-four and recorded one RBI. Starting pitcher Mitch Massaro went 5.1 innings on the mound and surrendered just one run on four hits, while also recording one hit offensively. Senior Eric Mullet closed the game on the hill for the Hawks and did not allow a hit or run.

Waynedale was led by senior Nick Strausbaugh, who went two-for-three and also reached base on a walk. Senior pitcher Evan Reidenbach recorded the lone RBI for the Golden Bears while also going five innings on the mound, and senior Ryan Weaver and junior Colten Purdy each recorded hits.

Hiland struck early, as Mullet singled down the left field line to score Yoder and give the Hawks a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

Waynedale evened the game in the top of the third. With the bases loaded and no outs, Reidenbach reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed senior Jarrett Wonsick to score and tie the game 1-1.

But Hiland took control in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Kline singled to center field to center field, scoring Kobe Miller to take a 2-1 lead. Then in the next at bat, Gingerich blew the game open, blasting a triple to right center field that scored Kline, freshman Andy Miller and junior Derek Miller, giving the Hawks a 5-1 lead. Hiland extended its lead once more with a single from Bryan Yoder that scored Gingerich to give the Hawks a 6-1 lead. Hiland added one more run in the bottom of the sixth, and Mullet closed the game to earn the win, 7-1.

 

 

Newark Catholic Earns Ninth State Championship, Defeats North Lewisburg Triad 5-4 in Division IV State Final
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Newark Catholic overcame harsh weather conditions and held off North Lewisburg Triad to win 5-4 in the 2016 OHSAA Division IV baseball state championship at Huntington Park on Saturday night.

The Green Wave (24-10) earned their ninth baseball state championship with the victory, their second in a row and third in the last four years.

Newark Catholic stole 12 bases in the game, setting an OHSAA baseball state tournament all division record for stolen bases in a game.

Sophomore Tyler York led Newark Catholic offensively, going two-for-three with one RBI. Senior Jon Erhard went one-for-two and scored two runs. Senior Nick Cavinee went one-for-one, was walked and accounted for one run, finishing the state tournament a combined four-of-five with two RBIs.

Triad was led by senior Trent McIntyre, who went two-for-three and recorded three of Triad’s four RBIs. Sophomore Jacob Greve pitched in by going two-for-two with one RBI.

Newark Catholic took command early, scoring four runs in the first inning. Senior Mitch Lohr started the scoring. Lohr was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and then scored on a passed ball to take a 1-0 lead.

Later in the inning, two Newark Catholic runners executed successful steals on the same play, as senior Jack Wollenburg stole second and then stole third, while senior Jon Erhard stole home to extend Newark Catholic’s advantage to 2-0. Wollenburg then scored on a wild pitch, and for good measure, York singled through the left side to score Cavinee and give Newark Catholic a 4-0 lead through one.

Triad responded in the second inning with three runs of its own. With two outs and the bases loaded, McIntyre doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on a throwing error to score junior Shane Ford, senior Dalton Holycross and Greve to cut the Green Wave advantage to 4-3.

Trailing 5-3 in the top of the sixth, Greve singled to left field for Triad, scoring sophomore Briley Harlan and cutting the Cardinals’ deficit to 5-4. But Triad could not inch closer, failing to convert later in the inning with the bases loaded. Senior pitcher Caine Whitney was able to fend off a rally attempt in the bottom of the seventh and earn Newark Catholic’s ninth state championship, 5-4.

 

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