Tyler Brown was next to automatic on the mound, allowing just three hits while striking out nine to lead the Orange baseball team to a key 5-0 league win over host Liberty Wednesday in Powell.
Brown did walk four batters, but was more than good enough to make up for it en route to collecting the complete-game shutout.
He helped himself from the plate, too, singling home Jason Schutte in the first inning to provide all the run support he would need.
The Pioneers plated another run in the third, added another in the sixth and smoothed out the scoring summary with a two-run seventh.
Schutte and Brown each had two hits in the win, with Schutte adding two runs to his stat line.
Brennan Rowe led the Patriots, collecting two of his team’s three hits. Pete Atkinson had the other.
Mitch Milheim suffered the setback on the mound, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out four and walking five in 5.1 innings of work.
Big Walnut 2, Canal Winchester 1, 9 inn.
Jake Foster doubled in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh and Connor Gerren stole home in the ninth to lead the Golden Eagles to a thrilling league win over the visiting Indians Wednesday in Sunbury.
Foster finished 2-for-4 and Gerren scored both runs, but the win was as much about pitching as hitting.
Austin Becker started, allowing just two hits and striking out five through four solid innings of action. Colton Lee was steady in relief, too, allowing a run on three hits while striking out four and walking three to pick up the win.
Hayes 13, Dublin Jerome 3, 6 inn.
The Pacers scored six runs in the fourth to turn a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead — a lead they parlayed into a lopsided win over the visiting Celtics Wednesday in Delaware.
Hayes added three runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to end things an inning early.
Ben Yoakum and Dominic Byers led the Pacers at the plate, each finishing 3-for-4 with a combined five runs scored. Sam Midura was also solid, finishing with three RBI, while Mason W. Davis, Tyler Brown and Ryan Daughenbaugh had two hits apiece.
Jason Cross earned the complete-game win on the mound, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking four.
North Union 8, Buckeye Valley 5
The Barons scored the game’s first three runs, one in the first and two in the second, but the visiting Wildcats outscored them 8-2 the rest of the way to cement a league win Wednesday in Delaware.
Leo Wells had a pair of hits and Ben Spaulding knocked in two runs in the setback.
Olentangy 11, Westerville South 7
Jake McIntyre had a homer, three RBI and two runs scored to lead the Braves to a league win over the Wildcats Wednesday in Lewis Center.
South scored the game’s first run, but Olentangy answered with three in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good. The Braves added a run in the second, five in the third and two in the fourth to all but seal the deal.
Caden Kaiser and Berto Carselle joined McIntyre in the two-hit club, scoring a combined five runs, while Logan Ketron had a hit and three RBI in the win.
Nick Foy earned the win on the mound, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out three and walking one in 5.1 innings of work.
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