NORTH ROBINSON — No. 1 Colonel Crawford advanced in the postseason with an 11-1 decision over No. 9 Buckeye Central in six innings. The Eagles (14-11) had plenty of offense and a nice showing on the mound from Brennan Hamilton to win a Division IV sectional title.
Hamilton fanned nine Bucks on the day — and gave up just two hits — to go along with no earned runs. The Eagles had one error, as did Buckeye Central.
Buckeye Central (7-16) got a jump start on Colonel Crawford in the first inning when an error occurred, then a pair of runners were walked. Isaac Hiler scored the lone Bucks’ run on a wild pitch.
It was the bottom of the second inning when Hamilton helped himself out on the mound and drove in a pair of runs with a single to left field. The senior was 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs batted in during this one.
Hamilton heated up on the mound in the third inning with a trio of strikeouts.
After a pair of singles and a walk in the bottom of the fourth, Micah Thomas was able to draw a bases-loaded walk to bring a run across. Nick Eachus drove in a run with a single, then Jacob Lucius plated another when he was drilled by a pitch. Van Wintersteller continued the big inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.
The top of the fifth was another quick 1-2-3 inning to allow the Eagles another chance to pile on. After a hit by a pitch and a walk, Deagan Moore drove in Hamilton with a single. Jacob Lucius made it 9-1 with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Into the sixth, Rod Rike led off with a double and then was driven in on a Kason Wurm single. Wurm had himself a game as the No. 9 batter, going 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored. With two outs, Nick Eachus drove in Wurm to place the run rule into effect.
Colonel Crawford was able to put together 12 hits off of the Bucks. Hiler took the loss on the mound for Buckeye Central with his four innings of work. Hiler struck out a single batter while walking six. Devin Siefert went the rest of the way and gave up five hits resulting in two earned runs.
No. 1 Colonel Crawford moves on to play No. 5 Mohawk in a district semifinal matchup. The Eagles have defeated the Warriors twice this season in Northern 10 action. This game will be played on Wednesday, at Heise Park in Galion at 4 p.m.
The winner will play either No. 2 Lucas or No. 3 Seneca East, as these two will play at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.