Pacers, Bears, Braves cruise to tourney wins


By Ben Stroup - bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com



Clay Taylor collected three doubles, two RBI and two runs and Cory Richardson tossed five innings of scoreless relief to lead the Delaware Hayes baseball team to an 8-3 Division I district tournament win over visiting Whitehall-Yearling Tuesday afternoon.

The 46th-seeded Rams took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the 27th-seeded Pacers answered in a hurry. Hayes scored three in the bottom half and, after Whitehall tied things back up with a run in the second, scored five unanswered to smooth out the scoring summary.

Ethan Hazelton, Jacob Molina, Brennan Helcher and Richardson each had two hits to complement Taylor’s big day at the plate.

Next up, Hayes will take on host Olentangy Orange in today’s second round. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.

Olentangy Berlin 10, Columbus South 0, 5 inn.

Mitch Herbst tossed a gem as the Bears cruised to a Division II district tourney win over the visiting Bulldogs Tuesday in Delaware.

Herbst allowed just one hit and struck out 12 en route to the complete-game shutout.

As for the offense, Jacob Moeller had two doubles, two runs and an RBI, Herbst helped himself with a pair of hits and two RBI and Chris Nash knocked in a couple in the win.

With the win, 11th-seeded Berlin will take on fifth-seeded Licking Valley in Thursday’s second round. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. in Newark.

Olentangy 28, Walnut Ridge 0, 5 inn.

The 19th-seeded Braves scored 11 runs in the first inning and never looked back on the way to a lopsided Division I district tournament win over the 45th-seeded Scots Tuesday in Lewis Center.

Ten different players had at least one hit for Olentangy. Josh Anderson, Eric Efland, Kaden Doup and Isaac O’Rielley had two apiece. Efland, Doup and O’Rielley added two RBI each while Connor Haag scored four times.

Christian Bova, Josh Anderson and Carter Williamson combined for a no-hit shutout on the mound.

The win sets up a second-round showdown with sixth-seeded Darby today at 5 p.m. in Hilliard.

SOFTBALL

Third-seeded Delaware Hayes scored three times in the sixth inning to slice a four-run deficit to one, but 12th-seeded Grove City answered with two insurance runs in the top of the seventh to get some breathing room on the way to a 6-3 Division I district tournament win Tuesday in Pickerington.

Laiha Slayton had a two-run double and Bobbi Adams followed it up with an RBI single to make it 4-3, but that’s as close as the Pacers would get.

Mylie Torres, who finished 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored, answered with a two-run homer in the seventh to help the Greyhounds pull away.

Lexi Mattix, Myaih Cloud and Adams had two hits apiece to lead Hayes.

BOYS LACROSSE

Blake Eiland had a hat trick and Hunter Piroska, Shane Manor and Xavier Yates finished with two goals apiece to lead Delaware Hayes to a convincing 12-4 Divison I regional tournament win over visiting Perrysburg Tuesday night.

Brystin Coldiron, Sam Lagando and Tyler David also found the back of the net in the win while Tyler Carney anchored the defense with 12 saves in the Pacer goal.

Olentangy 13, Dublin Scioto 3

Hunter Boehm had a game-high three goals and Khairi Sears collected two goals and three assists to lead the Braves to a Division I regional tournament win over the Irish Tuesday in Lewis Center.

Austin English, Evan Parrott and Lucas Ayers added two goals apiece for Olentangy.

Olentangy Liberty 13, Wadsworth 1

Alex Theuerkauf had a game-best four goals while Tyson Chapman and Charlie Howenstein scored three apiece to lead the Patriots to a dominant Division I regional tournament win over visiting Wadsworth Tuesday night.

Sam McCormick, Andrew Barrett and Timmy Fitzgerald also scored in the win while Max Ruppe and Adam Blind combined for 10 saves in the Patriot goal — eight for Ruppe and two for Blind.

Also: Whitehouse Anthony Wayne 11, Olentangy Orange 3

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By Ben Stroup

bstroup@aimmediamidwest.com