With the win, Norwalk improved to 15-8 overall. The Truckers (6-3 SBC Lake) are scheduled to host Sandusky 4-13, 0-8) today with a chance to clinch a share of the league title.
In Wednesday’s win, Eli Obringer was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Leighton Battles singled and drove in two runs and also scored twice, while Kyle Smith had a single and three RBIs.
Ian Minor (three innings), Luke Weaver and Eli and Garrett Obringer combined to allow two runs (one earned) on four hits in five innings for Norwalk.
For Willard (1-19), Ashton Ames, Trey Mock, Jerett Sowers, and Andrew Reed each singled.
Norwalk 205 05 — 12 5 1
Willard 000 20 — 2 4 1
WP: Minor; LP: Flores
2B: (N) G. Obringer
U. Sandusky 3, Edison 2
MILAN — Edison got a taste of postseason baseball in a 3-2 loss Wednesday against the visiting Rams.
Upper Sandusky (17-4) is the top-seeded team in the Division III district with the No. 2 Chargers (14-6).
The Chargers made things interesting down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh.
Jadon Hanson and Caden Cooper opened the frame with doubles to trim the deficit to 3-2, which brought on relief pitcher Diago Cazares. Cazares got Caleb Bissell on strikes, issued an intentional walk to Cooper McIntyre, uncorked a wild pitch to move both runners up and then settled down to get the last two outs to record the save.
Jacob Thompson worked six innings and took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits, but also working his way out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the top off the fifth.
Keegan Smith work the seventh for Edison and was aided by Bissell gunning down two base runners trying to steal second.
U. Sandusky 200 001 0 — 3 7 0
Edison 100 000 1 — 2 5 2
WP: Sowers; LP: Thompson
2B: (US) Marquart, Shaffer; (E) Hanson, Cooper
Bellevue 8, Clyde 1
CLYDE — The Redmen broke open a tight game late, and also put themselves in position to play for the SBC Lake Division title in the process.
The Redmen (12-7, 6-3) keep pace in league play. After Norwalk faces Sandusky today, Bellevue also has a makeup game with Sandusky on May 16.
Bellevue 000 303 2 — 8 10 0
Clyde 010 000 0 — 1 6 4
WP: Prenatt; LP: Reese
2B: (B) Ruhlman, Prenatt
St. Paul 11, South Central 9
NORWALK — The Flyers won their third straight game this week with Wednesday’s Firelands Conference win over the Trojans.
Brooke Houck was 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored to pace St. Paul (9-14, 5-8). Sammy Lippert was 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs, while Marlaina Sowers had two hits and scored three times, and Ava Caizzo was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
For South Central (5-18, 4-8), Ardana Pace was 2 for 4 with a double, a triple and an RBI. Sierra Chill had two hits and an RBI, and Kailee Beaver also had two hits, with Elizabeth Music driving in two runs.
Amelia Rospert started the first three innings and allowed six runs on six hits, then came back in for the save in the seventh inning. Sowers pitched four innings of relief (three runs on five hits) for the win.
“We’ve been playing good ball this week,” St. Paul coach Bob Wilhelm said. “The chemistry is there. The girls are trusting each other, communicating well, and it gives us some confidence to play well.”
St. Paul is scheduled to visit Monroeville to play the Eagles for a third time at 5 p.m. today in a Division IV sectional championship game.
S. Central 223 011 0 — 9 11 1
St. Paul 404 012 x — 11 12 6
WP: Sowers; LP: Keysor
2B: (SC) Pace; (SP) Sowers, Lippert, Houck; 3B: (SC) Page, Prater; (SP) Rudolph, Houck
Edison 21, Columbian 0
MILAN — Kira Appeman did it all for the Chargers on Wednesday.
On top of five scoreless inning with one hit (four strikeouts, one walk), Appeman was 3 for 4 with a double, four RBIs and four runs scored for the Chargers (17-6).
Lindsey Fortuna was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored for Edison, while Kayla Mancuso was 3 for 5 with a triple and three RBIs. Grace Houser was also 3 for 3 with two RBIs, while Eliza Brickner had two hits and two RBIs.
Columbian 000 00 — 0 1 1
Edison (13)62 0x — 21 23 0
WP: Appman; LP: Chapman
2B: (E) Appeman, King, Stoll, Vitaz; 3B: (E) Mancuso
Huron 12, Willard 6
WILLARD — The Flashes fell to 11-10 with Wednesday’s SBC Bay Division loss to the visiting Tigers.
For Willard (3-7 Bay), Melayna Mahl was 2 for 4 with four RBIs, with Elli White adding two hits and two RBIs.
Huron 200 045 1 — 12 22 1
Willard 200 130 0 — 6 8 1
WP: Camp; LP: Hamons