Patriots hang on to beat Marysville 6-5


Liberty second baseman Corbin Rapier throws to first with a Marysville baserunner bearing down on him during Friday’s OCC-Central Division showdown in Powell.

Liberty second baseman Corbin Rapier throws to first with a Marysville baserunner bearing down on him during Friday’s OCC-Central Division showdown in Powell.


By Ben Stroup

bstroup@aimmedianetwork.com

Mitchell Okuley finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a game-high four RBI as the Olentangy Liberty baseball team held off visiting Marysville 6-5 Friday afternoon in Powell.

The Patriots (8-3, 5-1 OCC) did the bulk of their damage from the plate in the early going, scoring two runs in the first and three in the second to take a quick 5-1 lead.

After the Monarchs broke the scoring seal with a run in the top of the first, Okuley got Liberty back to even when his single to center scored Chase Gresock in the bottom half. Okuley came around to score on a sac bunt by Corey Mayer two batters later, putting the Patriots up for good.

Okuley’s two-run double to center sparked Liberty’s three-run second. Spencer Yankle followed the double with a sac fly to put the Patriots up 5-1.

Marysville battled back, scoring two runs in the fourth and another two in the sixth before Jordan Seich recorded the final five outs of the game to pick up the save.

Jonathan Popham battled through 1.2 innings of relief to collect the win on the mound, allowing two runs on two hits.

Jacob Wright led the Monarchs with a pair of hits in the setback.

Olentangy 10, Franklin Heights 0, 5 inn.

Cole Robinson tossed a no-hitter and the offense gave him plenty of support as the Braves run-ruled host Franklin Heights Friday in Columbus.

Robinson was next to automatic in the win, striking out five while walking just one in his five innings of work.

Nate Monastra led Olentangy (8-5, 6-0 OCC) at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a double, triple, three RBI and three runs scored. Caden Kaiser also had two hits in the win.

Delaware Christian 16, Linden-McKinley 2, 5 inn.

The Eagles (2-2) used an 11-run fourth to seal the deal, rolling to a 16-2, five-inning win Friday at Linden-McKinley.

Riley Michalak had a big night from the plate, finishing with three hits to go with four RBI and three runs scored. Issac Rindfuss also made some noise, finishing with a pair of doubles while driving in four and scoring twice, and Adam Standley had four runs and four RBI in the win.

Andrew Standley earned the win on the mound, allowing two runs (one earned) on just two hits while striking out five and walking seven.

Jeff Watkins and Williard Judd had the two McKinley hits.

Orange 10, Mount Vernon 6

The Pioneers knocked off the host Yellow Jackets for the second time in three days, using a six-run sixth to pull away Friday afternoon in Mount Vernon.

Adam Brady, who came on in relief of starter Jake Watson in the fifth, earned the win on the mound for Orange (8-3).

Also: Buckeye Valley 5, Fairbanks 2.

SOFTBALL

Apparently no-hitters aren’t enough for Madi Huck these days.

The senior standout was dominant in the circle, fanning 15 Falcons en route to a perfect game as Hayes (10-0, 5-0 OCC) hammered host Franklin Heights 12-0 in five innings Friday in Columbus.

She was just as perfect at the plate, too, finishing 4-for-4 with a homer, two doubles, three RBI and a run scored.

Caylin Morstadt had a big-time game, finishing 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, while Mackenzie Stonebraker had a home run in the win.

Also: Liberty 4, Dublin Coffman 2; Mount Vernon 6, Olentangy 0; Highland 11, Delaware Christian 0, 5 inn.; Buckeye Valley 10, Fairbanks 4.

BOYS TENNIS

Hayes 5, Franklin Heights 0.

BOYS LACROSSE

Olentangy 11, Mt. Lebanon (PA) 10; Liberty 9, Hartland 8; Ottawa Hills 13, Big Walnut 9; Orange 14, Hilliard Darby 6.

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Liberty second baseman Corbin Rapier throws to first with a Marysville baserunner bearing down on him during Friday’s OCC-Central Division showdown in Powell.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2016/04/web1_libertythrow-1.jpgLiberty second baseman Corbin Rapier throws to first with a Marysville baserunner bearing down on him during Friday’s OCC-Central Division showdown in Powell.