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Championship Game Recaps & Box Scores

Division I

Semifinal Game 1 Box: Westlake 6, Massillon Perry 2

Semifinal Game 2 Box: Cin. Archbishop Moeller 3, Grove City 2

Championship Game Box: Cin. Archbishop Moeller 9, Westlake 6

Moeller Holds Off Westlake for Sixth State Championship
Crusaders score nine runs in winning Division I state title

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Second-ranked Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller won its sixth baseball state title, defeating No. 19 Westlake 9-6 in the OHSAA Div. I state championship game Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus.

Moeller has now won at least one title in each of the past five decades (72, 89, 93, 04, 09, 12).

The Crusaders (26-5) scored eight runs in the first three innings of the game and one in the last four, while Westlake scored one run in the second, third and fourth innings, while adding two in the seventh.
Moeller had eight players collect one-hit with senior Ty Amann, junior Spencer Iacovone and sophomore Riley Mahan each driving in two runs.

Even with the early deficit Westlake would not relent, chipping away at the Moeller lead. The Demons were led offensively by senior’s Corey Bowers, Andrew Dunn and junior Jamie Lackner who collectively totaled for five hits, five RBI and two runs.

Westlake leaves its first state tournament appearance as runners-up, finishing the season 24-7.


Division II

Semifinal Game 1 Box: Wapakoneta 3, Millersburg West Holmes 2

 Semifinal Game 2 Box: Columbus St. Francis DeSales 3, Mentor Lake Catholic 0

Championship Game Box: Columbus St. Francis DeSales 3, Wapakoneta 2


DeSales Wins Back-to-Back Baseball Titles
#4 Stallions defeat #6 Wapakoneta 3-2 in Division II championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Fourth-ranked Columbus St. Francis DeSales held off sixth-ranked Wapakoneta, 3-2, to win the OHSAA Division II state baseball championship game Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus.

The 2012 championship is DeSales’ second in as many years after defeating Akron Archbishop Hoban last year. The championship is the Stallions’ third overall having also won the title in 1979.

DeSales (26-6) took advantage of an early RBI bases loaded walk by senior Derek Traini and a Wapakoneta error in the fourth inning to plate two runs. Senior catcher Jack Miller drove in the third Stallions run win an RBI single in the fourth. Miller was two-for-two on the day, scoring two runs.

Wapakoneta scored once in the fourth and had an opportunity in the sixth after junior Josh Apple doubled down the left field line, eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly by junior Brandon Miller. The Redskins’ threat continued after a hit-by-pitch and a walk, however, they were unable to push across any more runs.

In its first trip to the state tournament Wapakoneta finishes as state runner-up and a 25-6 record.


Division III

Semifinal Game 1 Box: Wheelersburg 3, Fredericktown 0
Semifinal Game 2 Box: Lima Central Catholic 2, Orwell Grand Valley 0
Championship Game Box: Wheelersburg 1, Lima Central Catholic 0


Wheelersburg Wins Pitcher’s Duel for Second Title
Pirates outlast Lima Central Catholic 1-0 in Division III championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seventh-ranked Wheelersburg defeated unranked Lima Central Catholic 1-0 in a well-pitched OHSAA Division III state baseball championship game Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus.

Wheelersburg freshman pitcher Wade Martin took a 1-0 lead and perfect game into the seventh inning, when Lima Central Catholic senior Travis Clark tripled with one out. Clark was pinch ran for by senior Ryan Cousey, who was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball fielder’s choice to sophomore second basemen Garrett Carmichael. A walk, ground ball and an out later Wheelersburg (30-2) had sealed the victory.

Martin went seven innings for Wheelersburg, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out nine. Central Catholic junior Nick Watkins went six innings, allowing only two hits and the single run.

The lone run in the game came in the Wheelersburg fourth, when senior Austin Boyer singled into left field. Boyer advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by junior Ben Arnold and to third on a wild pitch. Carmichael grounded to the Central Catholic shortstop who tried unsuccessfully to throw Boyer out at the plate.

Central Catholic, making its second state tournament appearance, finishes as state runner-up for the first time. The Thunderbirds finished the season 22-9.

In its fifth trip to the state tournament, Wheelersburg wins its second title, the first coming in 1996.


Division IV


Semifinal Game 1 Box: Minster 12, Defiance Tinora 2

Semifinal Game 2 Box: Cuyahoga Heights 6, Berlin Hiland 4

Championship Game Box: Minster 5, Cuyahoga Heights 4

Minster Wins Second Title in Walk-Off Fashion
Back-to-back titles for Wildcats, defeat Cuyahoga Heights 5-4

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the bottom of the seventh inning Minster junior Devon Poeppelman singled to left field scoring junior Jay Eilerman from second base to lift the Wildcats to a 5-4 victory over Cuyahoga Heights in the OHSAA Division IV championship game Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus.

Minster (26-6) built itself a four run lead through five innings, while holding the Redskins scoreless. Cuyahoga Heights climbed back in the top of the seventh inning scoring four runs to tie the game on three hits and an error.

Offensivley Minster was led by Eilerman, Poeppelman and senior Doug Huber who all collected two hits each. Huber also drove in two runs.

Cuyahoga Heights senior catcher Andrew Tesler had two hits for the Redskins, while junior Jason Kleppel drove in two runs.

Minster has now made three state tournament appearances in 10 years, currently winning back-to-back titles and finishing as runner up in 2003.

Cuyahoga Heights was making its first trip back to the state tournament since 1976, where the Redskins also finished as runner-up. Cuyahoga Heights finished with a 25-5 record.

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