By Josh Brown
Troy Daily News
CEDARVILLE — The Covington baseball team erased a four-run lead in the top of the final inning.
In the end, though, Cedarville had one more rally left up its sleeve.
C.J. Pahl hit a walkoff single in the bottom of the seventh, driving in the winning run as seventh-seeded Covington’s late rally fell just short against No. 3 Cedarville in a 5-4 loss in a second-round matchup in the Division IV sectional tournament Wednesday in Cedarville.
Wes Gooding and Raven Grilliot combined on the pitching effort for the Buccaneers. Gooding went 2 1-3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts, then Grilliot worked 3 2-3 innings of relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
The Buccs trailed 4-0 entering the top of the seventh, and that’s when they battled back into the game. Stephen Sporek singled and Grilliot doubled, then Cooper Jay hit an RBI single to get Covington on the board. Grilliot then scored on an error, and two batters later Trentin Alexander hit a two-run double that tied the score at 4-4.
In the bottom of the inning, though, a Buccaneer error on the first batter led to the eventual winning run. Caleb Criswell doubled and the Buccs issued an intentional walk to load the bases, but Pahl followed that with an RBI single up the middle to end the game.
Alexander finished 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Jay was 2 for 4 with an RBI as Covington outhit the Indians 9-8 in the game.
Cedarville will now face top-seeded Tri-County North Monday at Newton High School, while Covington’s season ends at 6-16-1.
Indian Lake 4,
Troy Christian 3
LEWISTOWN — Troy Christian battled back from a four-run deficit.
It simply came up one run short.
The 13th-seeded Eagles rallied after spotting No. 10 Indian Lake a 4-0 lead after the first inning, shutting the Lakers down the rest of the way and cutting that lead to one in the final inning. But Indian Lake got a strikeout with the potential tying run on second base to end the game, holding on for a 4-3 victory in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament Wednesday at Indian Lake.
After the first inning, Caleb Twiss gave the Eagles a chance on the mound. He pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on seven hits and four walks with seven strikeouts. And offensively, Jason Blake was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Lucas Day doubled and Twiss drove in a run as Troy Christian was outhit 7-5 in the game.
Trailing 4-1 entering the top of the seventh, two quick outs put Troy Christian’s back against the wall. But Carson Kindred and Blake both singled, then Twiss hit an RBI single to keep the Eagles alive. An error on a dropped fly ball off the bat of Noah Kenworthy made it a one-run game and put two runners on, the potential tying run on second and go-ahead run on first, but Clay Jacobs entered the game and struck out the only batter he faced to earn a save and close out the game.
Indian Lake will face top-seeded Madison on Monday, while Troy Christian’s season ends at 12-10.
WAYNESVILLE — The Bethel Bees’ season came to an end in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament Wednesday in a 5-0 loss at second-seeded Waynesville.
Bethel, the No. 23 seed, put up a valiant effort in the matchup. Layne McClure and Dylan Williams gave the Bees a chance on the mound, with McClure giving up four runs, two earned, in four innings of work on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts, and Williams shut down the Spartans in two innings of work on one hit. Waynesville took a 1-0 lead after one inning and 2-0 after the third before putting the game away with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The Bees simply couldn’t get going offensively, though, collecting only four hits in the game. Williams, McClure, Patrick Swinderman and Chance Spaeth each had a hit.
Waynesville moves on to face No. 6 Greenon Monday, while Bethel’s season ends at 1-21.
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