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Norwalk Truckers, New London Wildcats still in state Top 10 (Baseball Notebook)
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Norwalk’s Joseph Hinckley, left, high fives Michael Finch after he scores in the third inning against Bellevue on Thursday. The Truckers are ranked No. 10 in the OHSBCA Division I State Poll.
The Truckers dropped two spots from eighth last week to No. 10 in Division I despite sweeping Edison, who is ranked No. 16 in D-II, in a doubleheader last weekend. Norwalk defeated Edison 14-4 in the first game and then 17-14 in the second where the two teams combined for 34 hits.
Tyson Putnam and Colin Souter each had four hits for the Truckers in the second game and Colin Obringer went 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs.
The Truckers face a tough road test today at Elyria as they chase their third-straight Northern Ohio League championship.
New London (15-3, 8-0) dropped two spots as well in D-III from No. 7 to No. 9, but picked up a first- and second-place vote and has 97 points. Seven Wildcats are hitting over .400 for the season, led by Josh Hamilton’s .545 average and team-high 30 RBIs. Dane Held has been outstanding both at the plate and on the mound, hitting .481 with 17 RBIs and going 4-0 with a 0.58 ERA and 44 strikeouts through 36 1/3 innings. Ben Young has been just as good in relief, with a 5-0 record, three saves and a 4.00 ERA in nine appearances.
Other local teams in the state poll are Amherst (No. 18 in D-I), Perkins (No. 12 in D-II), Keystone (No. 18 in D-III) and St. Mary (No. 15 in D-IV).
Panthers honor Butler
Elyria Catholic had a little extra incentive going into last week’s Hardball Classic at Progressive Field against Berea as they learned school principal Amy Butler was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Wearing pink wristbands, the Panthers jumped out to an early lead and routed the Braves 10-0 in five innings, ending by run-rule.
Elyria Catholic jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings as pitchers Dominic Piazza, Joey Begany and Darion Katynski combined for a five-inning shutout, giving up six hits but striking out five. Begany also went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the Panthers.
The players were excited to play at Progressive Field, but were also very inspired as well playing for their principal.
“It felt amazing to play in this venue and get a win for our principal,” Piazza said following the game. “We had to go out there and play great as a team. It was just fun.”
Eagles bouncing back
Avon has not had the ideal start to this season after winning back-to-back conference championships for the first time in school history.
In the last two weeks, however, the Eagles are starting to find their stride as they have won four of their last five games heading into Thursday’s game at Rocky River.
On Wednesday, Alex Tomko led the way for his fifth win of the season as Avon beat Elyria Catholic 7-2 at All Pro Freight Stadium. He threw a complete game, giving up just two runs on four hits and struck out four.
Matt Wentz added two hits and two RBIs as the Eagles improved to 9-11 overall and 5-5 in the West Shore Conference.
Dukes ruin perfection
Wellington handed Buckeye its first Patriot Athletic Conference loss of the season on Thursday in a 2-0 win at Wellington.
Erik Fehlan pitched a two-hit compete game shutout, struck out 11 and walked just three.
Brock Waltz scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the second inning. He also had an RBI groundout in the sixth inning to add insurance. With the win, Wellington improved to 7-7 overall and 5-4 in the PAC while Buckeye fell to 13-6 overall and 9-1 in the PAC. The Bucks entered play on Thursday leading Keystone by a game and a half in the PAC Stars Division race.
Last Updated: 5/2/2013 11:10:38 PM EST