With the two wins, Brown advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round, where he is one win away from the state championships. He will face Perrysburg’s Mason Deal for a spot in the district championship match, where the top two placers earn a trip to next week’s state tournament in Mason.
On Wednesday, Brown opened with a three-set win over Perrysburg’s Ben Martz. He lost the first set, 6-2, then recovered to win by scores of 6-4 and 6-2. Facing Sylvania Southview’s Nathaniel Long in the quarterfinals, Brown won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1.
Brown improved to 28-4 overall this season and is 104-23 for his four-year career at Norwalk. With the two wins on Wednesday, Brown passed Steve Rehnborg (2000-03) and moved into a tie with Scott Woolsey (1997-00) for fourth all-time in career wins at the school.
TRACK AND FIELD
Sommers wins district title
FINDLAY — Norwalk junior and returning state placer Jake Sommers started his tournament run off in solid fashion on Wednesday.
Sommers won the pole vault at the Div. I district meet at Findlay High School by clearing the bar at 14-feet-6.
Also advancing to next week’s regional meet on Wednesday was the 4x800 distance relay team of Wyatt Hale, Mitchell Sommers, Jad Oglesby and Kyler Kromer, who placed third in 8:15.48.
Earning qualifying spots in Friday’s finals races for the Trucker boys on Wednesday included Mitchell Sommers (10th, 2:09.28) and Jad Oglesby (16th, 2:09.69) in the 800-meter run, along with Tche Leroux in the 200 (sixth, 23.57).
Also advancing to Friday was the 4x100 relay team of Caleb Robinson, Mason Hughes, Ian Scheid and Jake Sommers, who took sixth in 44.62. The 4x400 relay team took seventh, which consisted of Scheid, Mitchell Sommers, Oglesby and Kromer (3:37.35).
The Norwalk boys are third in the team standings with 16 points behind Ashland (31) and Fremont Ross (25).
For the Norwalk girls, the 4x100 relay set another school record to reach Friday’s finals. The team of Paige Maurer, Marly Geretz, Masci Horner and Madison Shutt finished sixth in 52.56.
Shutt advanced in the 100, qualifying in third (13.05), while Haleigh Skinner earned the 16th and final spot in the 800 (2:38.12).
At the Div. II Oak Harbor district on Wednesday, Edison’s boys 4x800 relay of Daniel Lambert, Jon Hrivnak, Cole Weilnau and Tyler Coon took second in 8:02.72. Bellevue’s Austin Thompson won the pole vault at 15 feet even.
New London 5, Woodmore 1
NEW LONDON — Peyton Wilson struck out 11 as part of a four-hitter as the Wildcats (11-7) downed Woodmore (7-15) to advance to the sectional finals.
Wilson helped his own cause, adding a hit and two RBIs at the plate for New London, which will play at Gibsonburg Friday.
Woodmore 100 000 0 — 1 4 1
New London 020 003 x — 5 3 1
WP: Peyton Wilson; LP: Taityn Rollins.
2B: (W) DJ Melter
Bucyrus 8, Willard 0
BUCYRUS — The Crimson Flashes (1-21) saw their tournament season come to an end with Wednesday’s shutout loss in a Div. III sectional semifinal game against the Redmen.
Ashton Ames and Jerret Sowers were each 2 for 3 to pace Willard, while Shane Durbin doubled and Austin Adelman added a single.
Adelman took the loss, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks in four innings of work. Trey Mock pitched the last two innings, allowing four earned runs on three hits.
Willard 000 000 0 — 0 6 1
Bucyrus 040 022 x — 8 10 0
WP: Ley; LP: Adelman
2B: (W) Durbin
W. Reserve 1, So. Central 0
GREENWICH — Tate Drennon limited South Central to a single by Isaiah Seidel in his seven-inning shutout win over the Trojans (15-8, 11-2) in a Firelands Conference game on Tuesday.
Drennon struck out six and walked three for the Roughriders (10-10, 5-9), while Payton Studd had an RBI double for the game’s only run in the fifth inning.
W. Reserve 000 010 0 — 1 6 1
So. Central 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
WP: Drennon; LP: Vanderpool
LEXINGTON — Freshman Kira Appeman allowed four hits, but three of them were doubles and they all came in the third inning of Edison’s 2-1 loss on Wednesday in a Div. III district semifinal vs. Galion.
For Edison (18-7), Mariah Medina led off the fifth with a bunt single and scored on an RBI single by Kayla Mancuso.
Appeman allowed just the four hits. She did not walk a batter on 67 pitches.
Edison 000 010 0 — 1 8 1
Galion 002 000 x — 2 4 0
WP: Thomas. LP: Appeman
2B: (G) Kaple, Clark, Greter
Columbian 2, Norwalk 1
TIFFIN — The Truckers fell to 8-15 overall and 2-6 in the SBC Lake Division following Wednesday’s narrow road loss.
For Norwalk, Sydney Hughes singled and scored the lone run, with Alex Nolan and Emma Kastor each adding one hit. Sky Story had the lone RBI.
Karissa Conrad allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and five walks.
Norwalk will host Sandusky at 4:45 p.m. on Friday.
Norwalk 100 000 0 — 1 3 1
Columbian 100 100 x — 2 5 1
WP: Chapman; LP: Conrad
Plymouth 14, So. Central 0
GREENWICH — Ariel Plank threw a two-hit shutout and the bats responded in a big way as the Big Red closed the season with a dominating win over host South Central on Wednesday.
For Plymouth (19-6, 11-3), Mallory Miller was 2 for 2 with a double, home run and two RBIs. Emily Blanton was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, while Shilo Plank singled and had two RBIs.
Maddie Prater had both hits for the Trojans, who finished 7-19 (5-9 FC).
Plymouth 145 13 — 14 10 1
S. Central 000 00 — 0 2 8
WP: A. Plank; LP: Prater
2B: (P) Blankenship, Miller; HR: (P) Miller
So. Central 9, W. Reserve 1
GREENWICH — Maddie Prater finished off a no-hitter from a previously postponed game in a 9-1 win over the Roughriders on Tuesday.
Prater had 10 strikeouts and seven walks in seven hitless innings for the Trojans. Madison Allen, Emma Keysor, Prater and Madison Carney each finished 2 for 4, while Taylor Sexton hit a home run and Keysor added two RBIs.
So. Central 002 301 3 — 9 12 1
W. Reserve 000 001 0 — 1 0 4
WP: Prater’ LP: Good
HR: (SC) Sexton
So. Central 8, W. Reserve 1
GREENWICH — The Trojans capped their sweep over the Roughriders with an 8-1 win on Tuesday.
Allen was 3 for 4 with an RBI, while Ardana Pace doubled and drove in three runs. Sexton added a double and an RBI.
In the circle, Prater allowed one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.
W. Reserve 000 010 0 — 1 3 2
So. Central 102 014 x — 8 9 3
WP: Prater; LP: Good
2B: (SC) Sexton, Pace