By Ben Stroup
Chase Gresock hit an eighth-inning double and Mitchell Okuley knocked him in via a sacrifice fly to lift the Olentangy Liberty baseball team to a 2-1 win over visiting Grove City Saturday in Powell.
The Patriots, now 15-3, answered a first-inning Grove City run with one of their own in the bottom half. The teams traded zeros from there … until the bottom of the eighth.
Jonathan Popham struck out the only batter he faced to pick up the win after coming on in the eighth. Preston Stanley got the start, allowing a run on one hit while striking out two and walking two in two innings of work.
Hunter Voorhees came on in relief to pitch a pair of scoreless innings before Connor Stewart, Liberty’s third pitcher of the day, tossed 3.2 innings of one-hit ball.
Gresock scored both the Patriot runs while finishing 2-for-3. Okuley, Corey Mayer and Ryan Hoffman had the team’s other three hits.
Also: Orange 6, Dublin Coffman 1; Marysville 4, Hayes 2; Triad 11, Hayes 2; Hilliard Davidson 12, Olentangy 7.
Nick Brandt poured in a game-best five goals and Adam Rieger added a pair of his own as Orange rolled to a 12-2 non-league win over host Sylvania Northview Saturday.
Michael Trombetti finished with four saves in the Orange goal.
Bowling Green 5, Big Walnut 4
The Golden Eagles played well defensively, but didn’t do much scoring as visiting Bowling Green edged them Saturday in Sunbury.
Campbell Allen scored a pair of goals in the setback while Sam Funston had a goal and an assists. Nathan McVeigh and Seth Daniels had the other BW goals.
Josh Hageman finished with six saves between the pipes.
Hartley 8, Olentangy 3; Olentangy 1, Brush 0; Olentangy 8, Brush 1; Ridgedale 9, Delaware Christian 4; Delaware Christian 16, Patriot Academy 1.
Buckeye Valley 10th (35.33 points) at Hamilton Township Invitational.
Buckeye Valley 5th (62 points) at Hamilton Township Invitational.
Granville 18, Big Walnut 4
Thomas Worthington def. Hayes 23-25, 25-13, 25-21; Miamisburg def. Hayes 18-25, 26-24, 26-24; Hayes def. Whetstone 25-23, 25-22; St. Charles def. Olentangy 25-23, 25-18, 28-26.
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