Balanced effort sends Liberty over Davidson

By Ben Stroup

The Olentangy Liberty baseball team scored in each of its first six trips to the plate, getting a combined eight hits from the top three in its order on the way to a 13-8 OCC-Central Division win over Davidson Friday in Hilliard.

The Patriots (14-3) scored a run in the first, five in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead.

The Wildcats answered with a run in the bottom half, but Liberty went right back to work in the fifth. The Patriots scored two in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Spencer Yankle led the offense with three hits, five RBI and a run scored. Mitchell Okuley also had three hits while Chase Gresock had a single, triple, two RBI and two runs scored.

Jordan Seich also had a nice game, finishing 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Mason Groves earned the win on the mound, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out seven and walking five in 4.2 innings of action.

Mount Vernon 10, Hayes 0

Mason W. Davis, Tyler Brown and Gabe Phillips had hits, but they were the only three the Pacers (3-11) could muster in Friday’s six-inning league loss to host Mount Vernon.

The Yellow Jackets scored single tallies in the second and third innings before scoring three in the fourth and five in the sixth to seal the deal.

Ben Yoakum suffered the loss on the mound, allowing five runs on seven hits in four innings of work.

Orange 1, Franklin Heights 0

Colin Shepherd pitched a gem for the Pioneers (14-3), allowing just four hits in seven shutout innings to lead his team to a one-run victory Friday night in Columbus.

Orange had just two hits in a game that took less than an hour to complete.

New Albany 6, Big Walnut 3

The Golden Eagles used a three-run first inning to take an early lead, but the visiting Eagles answered with four in the fourth on the way to an OCC-Capital Division win Friday in Sunbury.

Jakob Evans led BW with a hit and two RBI. Nick Moser was also solid, finishing with a hit and a run scored, while Henry von Hollen had a hit and one knocked in.

Tommy Fleser suffered the loss on the mound.

Also: Olentangy 10, Worthington Kilbourne 4.


Liberty 14, New Albany 11; Orange 11, Hilliard Davidson 9; Hayes 15, Dublin Scioto 8; Hudson 6, Olentangy 5.


Olentangy 5, Hayes 0; Orange 3, Worthington Kilbourne 2.

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