Weather takes a toll on area baseball schedules

By Chad Clinger -

Harding 3, Colonel Crawford 2

MARION — The non-conference meeting between the Harding Presidents and the Colonel Crawford Eagles baseball teams was moved to Marion on Monday due to the weather.

It would prove to be a quiet afternoon for the Eagles at the dish as they were defeated by the hosting Presidents; 3-2. With the loss, Crawford falls to 13-7 overall on the season and remain at 9-5 within Northern-10 Athletic Conference play.

Neither team would reach the scoreboard until Harding plated all three of their runs in the bottom of the fourth. Crawford would not score until the top of the sixth as they saw Trevin Fairchild and Nolan McKibben score on a Daylen Balliet single.

In total, Colonel Crawford managed just three hits, all singles, en route to their two runs, stranded three on the bases and had two errors in the field. Harding scored three on nine hits, left seven on and also committed two errors.

Fairchild and Gavin Feichtner recorded the other two singles for the visiting Eagles.

Feichtner would take the loss on the mound for Crawford, working 4⅔ innings, giving up eight hits and three runs (one earned) while striking out five. Cade Hamilton tossed the remainder of the contest and allowed just one hit in 1⅓ frames.

On Wednesday, the Eagles will be at home in non-league play against the visiting Northmor Golden Knights. Crawford will hit the road on Thursday and Friday when they play Riverdale and Buckeye Central, respectively.

Colonel Crawford 6, Ridgedale 3

MORRAL — After falling to Ridgedale last Wednesday by a score of 5-2, the Colonel Crawford Eagles traveled to the Rockets’ home field on Saturday to play in game two of the season series.

The result would be much more favorable for the Eagles as they defeated the Rockets by a tally of 6-3 to split the series.

Ridgedale took an early, 2-0 after the first before Crawford plated a run in the top of the second to cut that advantage in half. In the third, the Eagles scored three to take the lead at 4-2 and would never look back despite the Rockets making it 4-3 after the fifth. Colonel Crawford would score a run in both the sixth and the seventh to take the game to its’ eventual final score.

Drayton Burkhart went the distance for the Eagles, allowing just two hits and three runs while walking two and fanning seven. Burkhart also scored one of the six Crawford runs on the day.

Both teams committed four errors in the field while Crawford stranded 10 runners to Ridgedale’s four. The Eagles managed nine hits en route to the win while the Rockets got to Burkhart for just the two hits on the day.

The Feichtner brothers led the way for the visitor’s offense as both Gavin and Carson connected for a pair of singles. Carson also scored once, drove in a run and stole a base while Gavin also swiped a bag and scored a run.

Other offense for Crawford on Saturday was provided by: Hamilton- 1B, R; Balliet- 1B, RBI; Dylan Cooke- 1B, RBI, SB; Brock Ritzhaupt- 2-1B, R, RBI; Caleb Lohr- 1B, RBI and Mason McKibben- R.

Grandview Heights 7, Northmor 0

COLUMBUS — The Northmor Golden Knights baseball squad headed to Columbus on Saturday, April 27 to take part in a doubleheader against the Grandview Heights Bobcats and the Whetstone Braves.

In their contest against the Bobcats, the Knights would find themselves shutout as they fell; 7-0.

Grandview would get on the board early and often, scoring a run in both the first and second innings before plating a pair in the third. Already up 4-0, the Bobcats scored their final three runs in the bottom of the sixth while closing out the shutout.

Northmor managed just four hits on the day and stranded six runners while committing three errors in the field.

Wyatt Reeder, Mostyn Evans, Chris Bood and Pierce Lower all recorded hits for the visiting Golden Knights.

Hunter Mariotti took the loss in the game, working 2⅔ innings, giving up just one hit and four runs (two earned) while walking six and striking out three. Evans pitched the remainder, giving up four hits and three earned runs while walking three and fanning a pair of batters.

The Knights were set to play at Highland on Monday but the game was postponed due to poor field conditions. On Tuesday, Northmor hosted Highland and will hit the road to North Robinson for a non-conference meeting with the Colonel Crawford Eagles on Wednesday.

Whetstone 4, Northmor 3

COLUMBUS — Northmor’s pitching and defense held the Whetstone Braves to just four hits on Saturday but it would be Whetstone coming away with the one-run victory; 4-3. With the loss, the Golden Knights fall to 6-10 overall on the season and remain at 5-7 in Knox-Morrow Athletic Conference action.

The Knights scored first in the top of the second before the Braves responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame. Whetstone proceeded to score three in the bottom of the third to go ahead; 4-1. Northmor rallied late but would come up short following a run in both the sixth and seventh innings. In total, the visitors tallied seven hits en route to the three runs while stranding nine runners on base. Both teams finished with two errors in the field of play.

Reeder worked two innings for Northmor, allowing just one hit and two earned runs while walking seven and striking out two. Brayden Black pitched the final six frames, giving up three hits and two runs while walking three and fanning three.

Reeder and Garrett Corwin finished with two singles apiece on Saturday and teammates Mariotti, Black and Kalob Barney recorded a single apiece. Mariotti, Bood and Ryland Thomas scored the three runs while Evans swiped a base to round out the Northmor offense.

By Chad Clinger

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