By Ben Stroup
Sam Scharff finished with a hat trick while goalie Caleb King made the most of a second half position switch to score the first and second goals of his career as Buckeye Valley overwhelmed host East Knox 8-0 Wednesday afternoon.
Scharff’s third goal of the game made it 6-0 in the 52nd minute, signaling an opportunity for the Barons to clear the bench.
“It’s always good when we can get some playing time for the younger guys,” BV coach Eric Staley said. “I’m also glad that Caleb got the chance to come out of the goal and play the field … and he took advantage of it.”
The Barons (3-2-0, 2-2-0 MOAC), who finished with a 23-3 edge in shots on goal, opened the scoring when Anthony Seliskar fired a feed from Caleb Herriott into the back of the net just 36 seconds into the action.
Buckeye Valley never looked back.
Scharff scored back-to-back tallies to make it 3-0 less than 15 minutes in and Nathan Holst scored his first-career goal just before halftime.
Mitch Rotondo got in on the act in the 46th minute, making it 5-0, and King followed up Scharff’s third goal with the final two tallies of the game. Jacob Catt, Bennett Allen and Patrick Lipps were also heard from, each finishing with their first career assists in the win.
Brady Perrine, who came on for King in the second half, finished with three saves in the BV goal.
The Olentangy Liberty field hockey team picked up its fourth straight shutout Wednesday, blanking visiting Dublin Scioto 13-0.
The Patriot attack, led by Anna Ruess’ game-high three goals, was a balanced one. In addition to Ruess’ hat trick, four others — Claire Buckey, Grace Buckey, Mollie McCormack and Karri Stadulis — found the back of the net multiple times.
Cassidy Kershner and Gwen Whitfield also scored in the win.
Katie Flanagan stopped the only shot she saw in the Liberty crease.
Also: Upper Arlington 4, Orange 0.
Orange coupled a doubles win with a pair of singles victories to knock off visiting Pickerington North 3-2 in non-league action Wednesday in Lewis Center.
Pioneer winners included Sruti Chigurupati (2-6, 7-6, 6-3 at first singles), Isabella Prislusky (6-0, 6-3 at third singles) and the duo of Mary Damko and Katherine Dahs (6-2, 6-3 at first doubles).
Also: Dublin Scioto 5, Big Walnut 0.
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