GALION — Baseball is one of those sports that, on any given day, a powerhouse can fall. Wednesday was that day for the Jonathan Alder Pioneers.
Alder was the top-ranked team in the State of Ohio in Division II baseball.
With a record of 16-1 overall and 10-0 in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Red Division, the Pioneers traveled to Galion to meet up with the Tigers for the second time this season. On April 10, Alder edged the Tigers 7-6 on their home diamond.
On Wednesday afternoon, the roles were reversed and the home-team Tigers defeated the Pioneers 5-2. With the victory, Galion improves to 11-7 overall and are now 6-4 within the MOAC Red.
Senior Garrett Kuns was stellar on the mound for the Tigers, pitching a complete game while allowing just six hits, two runs (one earned), walking no batters and striking out four. Kuns scored a run and recorded an RBI on offense.
The Tigers received contributions from just about every player that took the field Wednesday.
Mitch Dyer belted a triple and scored a run in the win and Aaron Barnhart knocked a double and scored a run. Cameron Payne also had a double for the Galion squad on the day. Will Donahue and Devin Baughn both recorded a single and an RBI each and Ryan Talbott finished with a single and a run scored. Joey Jessie also scored a run on the day and Mac Spears had a run batted in to round out the Galion offensive attack against the Pioneers.
Galion will hope to use this big win as momentum when they travel to Richwood to meet up with the North Union Wildcats on Friday, April 28. After a break this weekend for the prom, the Tigers will take on Shelby in Galion on Monday May 1 and then MOAC Red foe Buckeye Valley on Wednesday May 3.