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Chargers hold off Wildcats to gain non-league victory

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:51 PM

MILAN — Edison scored runs the first four innings it batted and went on to beat New London 11-8 Monday in the season opener for both baseball teams.

The Chargers improved to 1-0 and are scheduled to play at Fremont Ross Wednesday for another non-league game. The Wildcats dropped to 0-1 and are at Buckeye Central today for a non-league matchup.

Edison collected 13 hits, including two each from Justin Neuberger, Mat Koelsch, Kevin Knight, Spenser Spacek and Tyler Old.

Jake Burns, Old and Starkey each smashed home runs. Burns hit a two-run shot in the first inning, while Old and Starkey went back-to-back in the third. Knight, Old and Koelsch added doubles.

Koelsch went four innings to earn the win. He allowed one earned run on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

"I thought we played well,'' coach Sean Hoover said. "We had three homers, but also played small-ball. New London hit the ball hard in the fifth, but I thought we kept our composure after their comeback and did a good job of finishing.''

Taylor Held collected three hits for New London, which put up seven runs in the top of the fifth inning. Nick Hamilton notched two hits. Kyle Pelham contributed a double. Scott Gregory and Pelham had two RBI apiece.

Held pitched two innings and took the loss.


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2B: Pelham (NL), Knight (E), Old (E), Koelsch (E). HR: Burns (E), Old (E), Starkey (E). WP: Koelsch. LP: Held.

Norwalk 6, Crestview 2

ASHLAND Trailing 1-0, Norwalk scored three runs in the top of the third inning to help in a season-opening win.

In the third, Taylor Todd reached on an infield single and later scored on a passed ball. Dan Greenwell then had an RBI single scoring Kyle Nickoli. Duncan also singled and later scored on an error to make it 3-1 Norwalk.

The Truckers improved to 1-0 and are slated to play at Clyde today for a non-league game.

Clay Duncan posted two hits with a double and single and two runs scored.

Andrew Enderle hit a solo homer in the top of the seventh for Norwalk, which is 403-398 all-time. Greenwell, Enderle, Craig Casper, Nate McIntyre, Todd and Jacob McKenzie all had one hit each, with Greenwell, Enderle, Casper and McKenzie having one RBI each.

Casper added a double.

"We had ton of positives,'' Norwalk coach Wes Douglas said. "The only two negatives were too many strikeouts with guys in scoring position and we missed a lot of signs with our younger guys. Taylor Todd showed great baserunning in the third to score our first run and Dan Greenwell had a nice game in his first game at catcher, as did William Schlett at shortstop.

Duncan went all seven innings for the pitching win, allowing two runs on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts. He retired the last 12 batters he faced.

"Clay was Clay, he gives us a chance to win every time he goes out. We're real pleased and Haubiel isn't a bad pitcher but he wasn't the same in the stretch."


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2B: Duncan (N), Casper (N). HR: Enderle (N). WP: Duncan.

Willard 3, Huron 2

WILLARD Willard made a winner out of Joe Whitmer Monday in his first game as coach of the Flashes.

Sylvester Nino singled home Justin McDowell in the bottom of the seventh inning as Willard rallied past the Tigers. Jordan Barnett and Nino registered two hits each.

At 1-0, the Flashes are scheduled to play at Colonel Crawford today for a non-league game.

Huron knotted the game at 2-2 with a run in the top of the fifth, before Willard pushed the final across, started with a McDowell double.

Nino went the first 4 1/3 innings and fanned nine, but Brice Shepherd came on in relief to gain the win. He pitched 2 2/3 innings with five strikeouts.


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2B: Baker (H), Barnett (W), McDowell (W). WP: Shepherd. LP: Howard

WR 2, Keystone 1

LAGRANGE Western Reserve powered past Keystone Monday with two runs in the top of the sixth inning.

The Roughriders improved to 1-0 and are slated to slated to host Brookside Thursday in a non-league contest.

Andrew Chafin started the rally with a one-out double and scored on an RBI single from Devon Oates. Oates moved to second on the throw to the plate and touched home on a Brandon Cantrill single.

Chafin led the seven-hit attack with two, including a double. Oates, Cantrill, Jeff Flowers. Seth Todd and Jessee Pausch all had one hit.

Cantrill earned the win in relief of Chafin, who struck out nine. Cantrill fanned three batters.


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2B: Chafin (WR). WP: Cantrill. LP: Lindstrom.

OH 6, M'ville 5

OAK HARBOR Oak Harbor tallied five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday to help in the non-league win over Monroeville.

At 0-1, the Eagles are scheduled to host Seneca East Thursday in a non-league contest.

The Rockets took a 6-2 lead with that big inning, but Monroeville scored two runs in the top of the fifth and added one more in the sixth, only to fall short.

Greg Hauler went 2-of-4, while Brock Schafer and Jordan Ringenberg added one each. Schafer knocked in two runs

Nick Smith took the loss.

"Overall, I was pleased with the first time out,'' coach Brandon Biehl said., "As time goes by this week, I think our hitting will keep improving."


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