Olentangy capped what was a successful week with a stellar weekend, knocking off visiting Orange 9-8 in the resumption of an OCC-Capital Division showdown suspended by darkness back in mid-April.
The win bumped the Braves’ overall mark to 14-11 while the Pioneers fell to 21-5 with Saturday’s setback.
The game was a back-and-fourth affair from start to finish. The first seven innings, played on April 14, saw Olentangy take a 1-0 first-inning lead before Orange battled back with a two spot in the top of the third. Both teams then erupted for four in the fifth.
The trend continued when the Braves scored three in the sixth to take an 8-6 lead before Orange plated two in the seventh to knot things up and send the game into extra innings.
Play was halted in the top of the eighth after the teams simply ran out of daylight. Once it was resumed, though, it didn’t take the Braves long to end things. After blanking the visitors in the top of the inning, Olentangy scored in the bottom half to notch the win.
Christian McFarland sparked the Braves’ 14-hit attack, finishing 4 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Other standouts included Connor Brett, who was 3 for 5 with a run scored and another knocked in; and Joe McGuinness, who finished 2 for 3 with a team-best four RBIs and a run scored.
Orange was led by Alec McCurry, who was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two RBIs; Tyler Johnson, who was 2 for 3 with an run and an RBI; and Nick Mancini, who was 2 for 4 with two knocked in and a run scored.
Donal Baker, who pitched the game’s last four innings, was credited with the win while Mancini, who pitched just a third of an inning when play resumed, suffered the loss.
The Braves’ win came on the heels of Friday’s 4-1 Division I sectional championship win over Hamilton Township.
Olentangy scored all the runs it would need in the first inning, plating three before adding another in the sixth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Brett led the way at the plate, closing a perfect 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI. McGuinness was also solid, finishing 2 for 3 with a run and an RBI of his own, while Kevin Musgrave also had two hits and an RBI in the win.
Collin Hoffman picked up the complete-game win on the mound, allowing just the one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out eight.