A long week was capped off in style for the St. Mary Central Catholic baseball team Saturday.
Playing its fifth game in four days, the Panthers got a walk-off win to finish off a doubleheader sweep of visiting Monroeville at Dorn Park.
SMCC broke a 6-6 tie in the fifth inning of a 10-8 win in Game 1, then came back from a 4-1 deficit in Game 2, eventually posting a 5-4 win.
With the sweep, the Panthers improved to 8-1 overall after the first two weeks of the season.
“The kids battled through a long day,” SMCC coach Ben Stover said. “We got a few timely hits, some very solid pitching — especially second game. That was the first time Caleb (Severance) has pitched in three years, and he gives us four scoreless innings of quality relief. It was nice to be in a couple of close games going into Monday.”
In the opener, Nathan Schwerer got the win in two innings of relief of starter Michael Lamb.
Offensively, Hayden Snow had a pair of hits, including a double, while Lincoln LaRose doubled and added two RBIs, as did Wyatt Dye. Brett St. Clair added a double and scored twice.
In Game 2, the Panthers trailed 4-1 through the middle of the fifth, but scored once in the fifth, and twice in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4.
In the bottom of the seventh, Dye walked and advanced to second in a wild pitch. Trevor Fitzthum followed with a single, and Stover held Dye at third base. Kyle Feyedelem then laid down a suicide squeeze bunt, and Dye was able to come home for the winning run.
Fitzthum and Feyedeleum each finished with two hits in the win, while Feyedelem had two RBIs. In four innings of scoreless relief, Severance allowed two hits while striking out one and walking one.
“I think the kids are finally starting to hit their stride a little bit,” Stover said. “We don't have everyone hitting like we hoped we would at this point, but with 10 seniors and four juniors, these kids can flip switch, and hopefully come ready to play on Monday.”
The Panthers are scheduled to face Huron at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon on Monday.
Huron 4, Hopewell-Loudon 2
At Bascom, the Tigers used a two-run single by Nix Mix in the first inning, and made it stand in a non-conference win over the Chieftains.
Keegan Bollenbacher started for Huron (5-2) and picked up the win, going four innings and allowing an unearned run with one strikeout and two walks. Tommy Bogden allowed one run over the final three innings for the Tigers.
Offensively, Zach Souter and Andrew Dowell were each 2 for 4, with Souter adding an RBI. Huron is scheduled to face St. Mary Central Catholic at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon on Monday.
Edison 12, St. Paul 2
Edison 21, St. Paul 0
At Milan, the Chargers rolled past the Flyers in a pair of games to improve to 8-1.
In a 12-2 win, Austin Utter finished 3 for 3 with a home run, a double, two RBIs and four runs scored. He also pitched all five innings on the mound, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out 10 and walking one.
Offensively, Adam Wrobleski, Tristen Ball, Chris Ketchum and Owen Moyer each added two hits, with Wrobleski driving in three runs and Ketchum two. St. Paul (1-5) got a double from Matt Starcher, and a pair of RBI singles from Grant Dilger and Devin Smith.
In a 21-0 rout in Game 2, three pitchers — Chris Smith, Ketchup and Clay Cooper — combined for a no-hitter. Smith started to earn the win.
Smith, Adam Wolf, Brandon Biltz, Tyler Damonte and Jake Horchler each had two hits, with Wolf driving in three runs and Smith two. Ball doubled had three RBIs, while Damonte had a triple for Edison, which is scheduled to host Perkins on Monday.
Vermilion 9, Clearview 6
At Lorain, the Sailors used a four-run fourth inning to pull away from host Clearview.
For Vermilion (4-2), Nick Ragnoni and Tristen Mayer each had a hit and an RBI, while Rick Tishma had a hit and two RBIs. Brandon Burton got the win on the mound, pitching 3 1/3 innings of relief. He allowed two hits and struck out four and walked two.
Clyde 3, Bellevue 2
Clyde 13, Bellevue 4
At Bellevue, the Fliers remained unbeaten on the season, improving to 11-0 after a two-game sweep of the host Redmen.
Clyde opened with a narrow 3-2 win, as Seth Magers improved to 3-0 on the season on the mound for the Fliers. Clayton Farrar finished 2 for 2 with an RBI, while Tim Hoppe had a double and an RBI. Bellevue had just one hit — a single by Thomas Pressler.
The Fliers (11-0) then posted a 13-4 win in Game 2, scoring eight runs in the fifth inning to pull away.
Derek Gray was 3 for 4 with an Rbi and two runs scored for the Fliers, while Farrar doubled and Konner Garcia and Drake Camarata each had two hits.
Colin Gregory picked up the win for the Fliers, while Triston Snezek doubled and drove in a run for Bellevue, which also got a double from Jake Strayer.