2016 OHSAA Baseball
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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