Baseball: Tigers sweep Pleasant in MOAC play

Staff Report

MARION — Galion swept the season series with Pleasant after handing the Spartans a 7-6 defeat on Wednesday in Mid Ohio Athletic Conference baseball action.

The Tigers (14-8) erased a 4-1 deficit in the sixth inning, plating six runs to take a 7-4 lead. After surrendering two runs to Pleasant in the bottom of the sixth, Galion held on for the victory when pitcher Brody Symsick retired three of the four batters he faced to end the game.

Symsick pitched a complete game. He gave up six runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits. He recorded 13 strikeouts and four walks.

Both teams were plagued by errors. Galion committed six and Pleasant had three errors.

Carter Keinath went 3-for-4, drove in a run, and scored a run for the Tigers. Landon Campbell was 2-for-3, scored a run, and had an RBI. Symsick helped his own cause by going 2-for-5, driving in a run, and scoring a run.

Matthew McMullen was 1-for-4 with an RBI. Wilson Frankhouse went 1-for-4 and scored a run. Derek Prosser was 1-for-2 and scored a run. Jackson Staton went 1-for-4 and scored a run.

Spencer Keller scored a run and was credited with an RBI ona fielder’s choice. Troy Manring also had an RBI.

Joshua Lambert went 1-for-3 with two RBI and scored a run for Pleasant (15-9). Cadence Varner was 1-for-4 and scored two runs. Grant Kantzer was 1-for-2 and scored a run. Max Kellogg and Nathan Newell each scored a run.

Nick Osborn was the starting pitcher for Pleasant and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits. He struck out two batters.

Kellogg took the loss after entering the game in a relief role. He gave up two runs (both earned) on three hits.

Trent Warner worked one scoreless inning in relief, recording two strikeouts and three walks.

Galion 3, Pleasant 2

GALION — An error allowed Troy Manring to score what turned out to be the game-winning run for Galion in a 3-2 victory against Pleasant on Tuesday at Heise Park.

With the game tied 2-2 and one out in the sixth inning, Manring singled and then stole second base to move into scoring position. Manring advanced to third base on a ground-out by Matthew McMullen. With two outs, Wilson Frankhouse hit a ground ball to the Pleasant third baseman, but was safe on an error, allowing Manring to score from third base to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead.

Tigers pitcher Carter Keinath retired the Spartans in order in the top of the seventh inning, inducing two ground outs and a fly ball to end the game.

Pleasant (15-7) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Max Kellogg scored on a ground out to shortstop by Grant Kantzer. The Spartans increased their lead to 2-0 when Ethan Johnson singled to left field, allowing Cadence Varner to score. Varner reached base on a double to center field.

Galion (13-8) rallied to tie the game in the home half of the third inning. Derek Prosser drew a walk to lead off the inning, advanced to second base on a base hit by Keinath, and later scored on an error by the Pleasant pitcher to cut the deficit to 2-1. The Tigers evened the score on a sacrifice fly to left field by Brody Symsick that scored Keinath.

Keinath pitched a complete game to earn the win. He gave up two runs on three hits and recorded a strikeout and two walks. Keinath retired the Spartans in order in the first, third, fourth, sixth, and seventh innings and only allowed two base runners after the second inning.

Pleasant’s Peydon Gosnell worked six innings and was saddled with the loss. He gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits and had two strikeouts and three walks.

Keinath, Manring, and McMullen accounted for the three Galion hits. Symsick had an RBI. Keinath stole two bases and Frankhouse and Manring each had a stolen base.

Varner, Johnson, and Nick Osborn had the Spartans’ three hits. Johnson and Kantzer each had an RBI. Varner had a stolen base.

Playoff picture

Galion is seeded fourth in the Division II Bluffton sectional/district. The Tigers are scheduled to begin postseason play on Friday, May 21 against No. 5 seed Elida at Heise Park.

Following is the schedule for the opening games in the Bluffton sectional/district slated for Wednesday, May 19: (11) Fostoria at (10) Celina; (9) Upper Sandusky at (7) Ontario; (8) Lexington at (6) Wapakoneta.

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