April 15, 2014
By ROB HAMILTON
Sandwiched around their loss to Highland Thursday were a pair of Blue Division wins by Mount Gilead. On Wednesday, the Indians broke open a 3-2 game at home with Cardington with an 8-run fourth in taking a 12-2 win in five frames.
Michael Bland was the winner on the mound, striking out two and scattering nine hits in the game. While the Indians only had seven hits in the game, they took advantage of nine walks and nine stolen bases to plate their runs. Xavier Harris picked up two of those hits, while Bland drove in four. Then, on Friday, the Indians topped Northmor 2-1 in 10 innings. Noah Arrington picked up the win, giving up one run in nine innings, striking out six and giving up six hits. Harris earned the save with one scoreless inning. Arrington also had two hits for Mount Gilead.
Northmor got 17 strikeouts by Zach Carroll in nine innings. The senior also walked four and gave up five hits. James Donner gave up a 10th inning run to be the pitcher of record for the Knights. Jake Farley had two of their six hits.
Mount Gilead lost a non-league game to Mansfield Senior by a 5-4 margin Saturday. The Indians scored four in the seventh inning in mounting a late rally that just fell short.
Dustin McAvoy struck out two and walked two in five innings. Of the five runs he surrendered, only two were earned. Six different players all had one hit each for the team.
On Wednesday, Highland topped Northmor by a 7-1 margin thanks to a six-run second inning. Dalton Stambaugh took the win for the Scots, who mustered six hits in the contest. He pitched the first six innings, while Justin Tuggle finished off the game.
After their win over Mount Gilead, the Scots topped Ridgedale 11-0 in five innings Friday. Both Marcus Chapman and Wyatt Gresh had doubles for Highland, who had eight hits in the game. Tuggle struck out two and walked none to get the win. Will Schindley and Jeremy Gahm also pitched for the Scots.
The Scots finished their week by sweeping East Knox in a doubleheader by scores of 7-2 and 5-3 to improve to 6-2 on the season.
In the first game, Byron Belcher struck out five and walked three to get the win, with Schindley pitching the final three innings. Shane Carney cracked two doubles to pace the team’s offense.
The second game saw Tuggle earn another win, with Curtis Belcher earning the save. The two combined to strike out five and walk two. Chapman had a double in the game for the Scot offense.
Northmor edged Mansfield Senior by a 2-1 margin on Saturday, scoring two runs in the third inning to take a lead that held the rest of the way.
Jake Farley and James Donner combined to strike out 10 and walk two, while giving up four hits. Farley took the win and Donner earned the save.
Northmor only had four singles in the game, but were able to take advantage of a pair of Tyger miscues to score their runs and improve to 2-3 on the season.
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 204.