Pioneers pull away from Pacers to notch OCC win


By Ben Stroup

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Orange got back to its winning ways in league play in a big way, hammering host Hayes 18-1 in five innings Monday in Delaware.

The Pioneers took an inning to really get going, but broke things open in a hurry. With the game tied 1-1 after one, they scored five second-inning runs before adding six more in the third to balloon their edge to 12-1.

Orange added three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to seal the deal.

The Pioneers, led by Jason Schutte and Tyler Brown, pounded out 21 hits in all. Schutte finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored while Brown was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run.

Colin Shepherd, Zach Stiteler, Remington Steele and Garrett O’Reilly also had multi-hit games, finishing with a pair of knocks apiece.

While the offense was clicking, Schutte was cruising on the mound. He allowed just one run on five hits while striking out five in his five innings of work.

Tyler Brown led the Pacers with two hits while Noah Watts, Mason W. Davis and Josh Allen had the others.

Ben Yoakum suffered the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in 1.2 innings of work.

Buckeye Valley 15, Marion Harding 5

The Barons used a 10-run fourth to break open what was a competitive game and cruise to a solid MOAC win over the visiting Presidents Monday in Delaware.

After Buckeye Valley looked like it was going to run away with things, up 4-0 after one, Harding bounced back with a three spot in the top of the second. The Presidents tied the game with a run in the fourth, but BV all but ended things in the bottom half.

Both teams scored single tallies in the fifth to smooth out the scoring summary.

Hunter Mitchell gave up just two earned runs while scattering eight hits and striking out six to record the win on the mound. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk, triple and three RBI.

Hayden Owens and Cody Free also had solid afternoons. Owens had a single, double and two RBI while Free finished with a pair of singles and a run knocked in.

Olentangy 3, New Albany 0

The Braves are on a serious roll, improving to 10-5 overall and 6-0 in league play after Monday’s 3-0 win over the visiting Eagles — their eighth straight victory.

Olentangy plated a run in the second inning to take a lead before adding two more insurance tallies in the fourth.

Collin Hoffmann stepped up big time, both on the mound and at the plate. He tossed a complete-game shutout on the mound, allowing just two hits while striking out five. He helped his cause at the plate with three hits and two runs scored.

Nate Monastra had two hits for the Braves while Caden Kaiser, Christian McFarland, Berto Carselle and Collin Mathews collected one apiece.

Liberty 9, Westland 0

Ben Buehrer tossed a complete-game shutout and Spencer Yankle finished 2-for-2 with two RBI at the plate as Liberty cruised to an OCC-Central Division win Monday in Powell.

Liberty all but ended things in one inning, scoring eight first-inning runs to set the tone.

Buehrer allowed just six hits while striking out five and walking one.

Delaware Christian 9, Gahanna Christian 0

DCS’s Ryan Manny had himself quite a day, striking out 14 in seven shutout innings while helping himself from the plate with a 3-for-3 effort during Monday’s win over host Gahanna Christian.

Manny had a pair of doubles while scoring twice and driving in a pair. On the mound, meanwhile, he allowed just one hit in seven stellar innings of action.

Andrew Standley and Dirk Harris were also solid, each finishing 2-for-3 in the win.

Big Walnut 9, Mount Vernon 4

Big Walnut picked up a solid league win Monday, getting standout showings from Noah Sprowls and Austin Becker on the way to a 9-4 victory over host Mount Vernon.

The Golden Eagles (8-6) never trailed. They scored the game’s first two runs in the top of the third before adding three in the fourth, three more in the fifth and one in the seventh.

Sprowls finished 2-for-4 with a game-best four RBI while Becker closed 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Other BW standouts included Nick Moser, who had three hits to go with a stolen base and a run scored; Jakob Evans, who was 2-for-4; Nick Green, who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI; and Connor Gerren, who had a double and scored two runs.

Tommy Fleser, meanwhile, picked up the win on the mound.

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