Cameron Kaiser tossed a two-hit shutout, striking out eight while leading Olentangy to a 5-0 Division I Central District tournament win over visiting Delaware Hayes Wednesday in Lewis Center.
Kaiser didn’t need much run support, but finally got some when the Braves’ offense broke a scoreless tie with a two-run fourth inning.
Olentangy added a run in the fifth and two more insurance tallies in the sixth to smooth out the scoring summary.
Caden Kaiser led the offense with a perfect 4-for-4 performance at the plate. He also drove in two runs and scored another. Other standouts included Jake McIntyre (3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored), Berto Carselle (2-for-3 with a run) and Josh Moeller (2-for-3 with a run and an RBI).
Hayes’ Jason Cross started well, blanking the Braves through three, but ultimately allowed the five runs (four earned) on 12 hits in his five innings of work. He struck out three and walked one.
Tyler Brown pitched a scoreless sixth.
Ben Yoakum and Brown had the two Hayes hits.
With the win, Olentangy advances to next week’s district semifinal. The third-seeded Braves will take on ninth-seeded Mount Vernon Tuesday at a site to be determined.
Big Walnut 7, Newark 1
Austin Becker struck out nine over five innings of no-hit ball to lead the Golden Eagles to a convincing win in the second round of the Division I Central District baseball tournament Wednesday in Sunbury.
Big Walnut broke the scoring seal with a two-run first inning before adding a run in the third and four in the fifth.
Newark, which finished with just two hits, scored a run in the seventh to smooth out the scoring summary.
Noah Sprowls and Colton Lee combined for four of the Eagles’ six hits. Sprowls finished 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored while Lee was 2-for-3 with a walk. Becker also drove in a pair of runs in the win.
Next up, eighth-seeded Big Walnut will take on 23rd-seeded Westerville North in a district semifinal Tuesday at a site to be determined. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.
Orange 5, Central Crossing 1
Matthew Poole pitched a gem to lead the Pioneers to a win over the visiting Comets in the second round of the Division I Central District tournament Wednesday in Lewis Center.
Poole pitched a complete game two-hitter, with an unearned run the only blemish on his otherwise stellar line. He struck out nine and walked three.
Orange’s offense, which scored a pair of runs in the first, two more in the second and another in the sixth, was led by Ben Miller’s 2-for-2 night at the plate. Tyler Brown was also solid, adding a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Next up, the 11th-seeded Pioneers will get the fifth-seeded Indians of Canal Winchester in Monday’s district semifinal. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at a site to be determined.
Mount Vernon 10, Liberty 0 (6 innings).
Liberty jumped out to a big lead early and never looked back, parlaying an 11-2 halftime edge into a dominant 17-5 win over visiting Hayes Wednesday in Powell.
Griffin Hughes, Spencer Towne and John Paolo led a balanced Patriot (12-5) attack with three goals apiece. Vincent Ramondelli and Mcguire Flanigan added two apiece while Ethan Donelson, Johnny Wiseman, Kadin Siemet and Kyle Zenkewicz each found the back of the net once.
Hughes, who accounted for a game-best six points, also had three assists in the win.
Hayes (10-6) was led by Cole Livermore, who scored twice.
Skylar Wahland and Thomas Fitzgerald combined for four saves, two each, in the Liberty goal while Tyler Groth and Chase McGarry stopped five shots while splitting time in the Pacer goal.
Brooke Delara led the way with four goals while defender Sarah Poole chipped in her first of the season to lead Orange to a 17-3 win over visiting Westerville North Wednesday in Lewis Center.
Also: New Albany 14, Liberty 7.
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