Baseball Hawks explode for victory while Knight netters fend off Comets

Baseball Hawks explode for victory while Knight netters fend off Comets

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Hawks big inning leads to win over Cards

The Hiland Hawks trailed Sandy Valley 1-0 heading into the fifth inning in its game in Magnolia.

It left the frame boasting a 6-1 lead.

The Hawks used the fifth-inning uprising to roll to an 8-2 win over the Cardinals.

With Will Schlabach dealing on the mound for Hiland, the Hawks needed to get him some offensive support, and they did in a big way. The big inning started harmlessly with a pop-out, but a pair of walks and two Cardinals errors opened the door for Hiland, which tied the score and loaded the bases. Jeff Todaro scorched a single to right to plate two runs for a 3-1 Hiland lead. After Schlabach walked to reload the bases and Tony Yoder struck out, Kobe Lapp delivered a two-out single and Dakota Miller followed with a two-run double to make it 6-1.

Schlabach escaped a bases-loaded one-out jam in the bottom of the inning, and Hiland went back to work to generate two insurance runs.

Grant Miller singled, and another Cardinals error led to one run. Then Todaro’s sacrifice fly made it 8-1.

Grant Miller, Tony Yoder and Lapp all collected a pair of hits while Todaro drove home three runs in the win. Schlabach tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits, striking out seven and walking four.

Pirates hold on to knock off Redskins

The Pirates jumped on top early, plating two runs in the first with two out and nobody on. A hit batter and an error paved the way for a Cameron Coblentz RBI single. Alex Roden followed suit to put the Pirates up 2-0.

Neither team offered much offense over the next three innings, but in the fifth the Pirates struck again, pushing the lead to 4-0. Again, it would be a two-out, nobody-on scenario, and again, it would be an error that opened the door. An error and two walks loaded the bases for Roden, who lashed a double to score two more runs.

The Redskins put two men on in the bottom of the inning but failed to score, and after Garaway went quietly in the sixth, Coshocton roared back. With Brady Roden on the mound, a walk and two singles loaded the bases, and an error allowed the Redskins to score three runs to make it 4-3. Coshocton would quickly reload the bases with one out, but Preston Miller would induce a key groundout to escape further damage.

Garaway got leadoff singles from Jesse Beachy and Zeke Misko, but a double play ended that threat, leaving the Pirates defense with the job of closing out the game. Miller did just that, turning three batters into three outs to secure the win.

Alex Roden had two hits while driving in three, Misko added a pair of hits and Brady Roden would pick up the win, going five innings, allowing three hits while striking out five. Miller recorded the same in two innings of one-run ball.

Perfect Knights

Early on in their tennis match with visiting Kidron Central Christian on Friday, April 8, the West Holmes Knights looked like they might suffer their first loss of the season.

Instead, the Knights turned things around late, beating both the Comets and the inclement weather that came storming in, claiming a tightly contested 3-2 victory.

At first singles, Central’s Nathan Stjernholm had Hunter Ellis on the ropes early, down 3-2 in the first set, before the Knight rebounded to claim a 6-4, 6-4 win. At second singles, Central’s Aaron Miedel topped West Holmes’ James Barr 6-2, 6-3, while third singles belonged to West Holmes’ Brody Schaad, who clipped Nathan Miller 6-3, 6-2.

At first doubles, Comets Adrian Lehman and Andrew Fischer went back and forth with Jacob Miller and Trevor Miller of West Holmes before the Central duo emerged with a 6-3, 6-2 win. That left the second doubles set to determine the victor. Knights Marcus Miller and Alex Pringle were up to the task, delivering the knockout punch to Central’s Tatame Kozel and Jo Bixter 6-2, 7-5. The win improved West Holmes to 5-0 on the year.

The Knights kept rolling on April 12 when they pounded Madison 5-0. Ellis won 6-3, 6-2 at first singles. At second singles Barr came away a 6-3, 6-0 winner. Schaad took a win home at third singles by a 6-2, 6-2 score. Jacob Miller and Trevor Miller ground out a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) win at first doubles, and at second doubles it was Pringle and Marcus Miller earning a 6-4, 6-2 win to improve the team to 6-0.

Middle school track

On Friday, April 8, the West Holmes boys middle school track and field team ventured to Wooster for the Triway Invitational. The boys fought hard through the wind and rain and ended up with a top-10 finish at a difficult invite.

James Alston placed seventh in the 100 meters, Max Graham grabbed a fourth in the 200 meters, Billy Patten claimed fifth in the high jump and eighth in the long jump, Cody Gallion was sixth in the long jump, Zac Hustack found his way to fifth in the shot put, and Luke Snyder placed fourth in the discus.

The 4-by-100 relay team of Graham, Gerber, Gallion and Alston placed fifth. The 4-by-200 relay team of Gallion, Hustack, Bower and Gerber placed eighth. The 4-by-400 relay team of Elliott, Hawkins, Maltarich and Graham placed sixth. The 4-by-800 relay team of Miller, Mallasch, Neville and Sours placed sixth.

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