Galion had just six hits, but found a way to pick up a 5-3 win over non-conference foe Northmor in varsity baseball play Wednesday at Heise Park.
The Tigers (2-0) scored twice in each of the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead. Michael Harris put the locals up 2-0 in the bottom of the first with a two-run single to left. In the second, a bases-loaded walk to Josh Keller and a run-scoring base rap to right by Connor Campbell plated the rallies.
Meanwhile, the Golden Knights stranded two runners in the top of the first and left the bases loaded in the second. The visitors cracked the scoring column in the fourth with back-to-back two-out hits by Zach Neuman and Jarod Vanderkooi, cutting the gap to 4-2.
The Orange-and-Blue got one of the runs back in the sixth with a John Poffenbaugh single to right that plated Kole Nickell who led off by reaching on an error.
Northmor garnered the final run of the day in the seventh when the first two batters walked. James Donner banged out a RBI hit to left field with two outs.
Jermaine Burket — a southpaw junior — was the starting and winning pitcher. In 4 innings, he allowed 6 hits, 2 runs (unearned), struck out 4 and walked 3.
Eric Powell was next, going 2-plus frames, yielding 2 hits, a run, whiffing 1 and issuing 4 bases on balls.
Michael Harris notched a save by retiring 3 of the 4 Golden Knights he faced.
Gunnar Lilly, Jeff Beck, Daniel Donner and James Donner shared the pitching chores for the visitors. Three of the 5 runs they gave up were earned and they combined for 6 punchouts on strikes and 7 walks. Lilly started and got the loss.
Campbell, Harris, Nickell, Poffenbaugh, Powell and Kevin Sterner notched Galion’s hits with a single each.
James Donner was Northmor’s top hitter with 3 singles, and Neuman added 2.
Galion thirdbaseman Chad Karnes snuffed out a potential Northmor rally in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Karnes snagged a scalding line drive for an out and stepped on third to double off a Northmor baserunner, ending the threat.
GALION 15, MANSFIELD ST. PETER 1
In their season-opener at home on a warm, windy Tuesday afternoon, the Orange-and-Blue drilled the over-matched Spartans 15-1 in a game that was stopped after 4 1/2 innings because of the “mercy rule”.
The Tigers plated three runs in both the first and fourth innings, scored twice in the second, and had a seven-run uprising in the third during which they sent 13 batters to the plate as the visitors committed six errors.
Senior right-hander John Poffenbaugh started on the mound for the locals. He dominated the Spartans, limiting them to 3 hits, striking out 8, walking none and allowing a fourth-inning unearned run.
Kole Nickell worked the fifth in relief. He whiffed 1 and retired the other two hitters he faced on come-backers to the mound.
Bishop, Marek and Sanjur pitched for St. Peter. They teamed up to set down 3 on strikes and walk 5. Bishop started and got the loss.
Banging out hits for Galion were: Josh Keller, 3 singles; Connor Campbell and Michael Harris, 2 one-baggers apiece; plus Jermaine Burket, Nick Flowers, Poffenbaugh, Eric Powell and Kevin Sterner, a base rap each. Keller scored 3 times and Flowers drove in a trio of runs.
Adamescu drilled a double to lead the visitors.
Fielding showed the losers with 10 errors and the hosts with 2.
ONTARIO 15, NORTHMOR 1
On Tuesday in Morrow County, Ontario run-ruled the Golden Knights in five innings via a 15-1 score.
After a scoreless first frames, the Warriors scored twice in the top of the third, seven times in the fourth and tallied five more runs in the fifth. Northmor’s lone tally came in the bottom half of the fourth.
Jake Farley, Zach Neuman, Jordan Wiseman, Daniel Donner and Jarod Vanderkooi did the pitching for the Northmor, combining to yield 13 hits, strike out 3 and walk 9. Neuman was the pitcher of record in relief.
Jordan Homan and Alex Vredenburg combined for a 2-hitter for the Warriors. Homan went the first 4 frames, whiffing 6 and surrendering the run. Vredenburg tossed the fifth inning, striking out a pair and issuing a base on balls.
Zach Carroll and Farley each had a single for the hosts.
Tyler Gorbett and Kyle Pashellich were the top hitters for the victors with a trio of base hits apiece.