PERKINS TWP. — Edison had no problem Monday making contact with the ball.
But Perkins was in all the right places, turning four double plays in four of six innings in a 10-0 win to stay atop the Sandusky Bay Conference.
Eight Pirates had at least a hit, and Josh Gerold drove in three RBIs in addition to assisting pitcher Spencer Bryant by turning double plays with the infield.
“Spencer was very good. We had two errors in the second inning that didn’t hurt us,” Perkins coach Ray Neill said.
The Pirates escaped the first, third, fourth and sixth innings by doubling up Edison.
They would have had another in the second expect for a throwing error. The Pirates turned five double plays in 2001when All-Ohioans Jay Neill and Brian Bixler were playing second and shortstop. Monday it was Gerold at second and Xavier Turner in the middle infield behind Bryant, who went six innings in the win and allowed six hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
“You hit into four doubles plays in six innings, it takes the wind out of your sails,” Edison coach Sean Hoover said. “Any momentum we’d get was taken away by the double plays.”
Gerold had two hits, and Evan Laser brought in two runs for Perkins (16-4, 9-1). Turner, Spencer Bryant, Seth Bryant and James Lowe all had a hit and one RBI.
“We played well, (and) we swung the bats,” Neill said. “In the first and second (innings) we had two two-out RBI hits.”
Seth Bryant and Lowe had first-inning RBI singles with two outs, and Turner and Spencer Bryant had two-out RBI in the second.
The Pirates piled on four more runs in the third for an 8-0 lead.
Tyler Koch pitched the first three innings for Edison and allowed seven earned runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts.
Cale Divers went 2-for-3 and Evan Hagelberger, Zach Yovanov, Taylor Emody and Koch all added singles for Edison (12-10, 6-4), which slipped farther back in the SBC title chase.
“I thought we did a good job a the plate. You don’t see four double plays in a game that often in high school,” Hoover said.
Gerold singled to center in the sixth to end the game.
“(There were) a lot of good ingredients for good baseball,” Neill said.
Sandusky 21, Mansfield Senior 0 (5 inn.)
At Mansfield, the Sandusky Blue Streaks scored runs in every inning, including eleven in the fourth, defeating Mansfield Senior 21-0 in GBC play.
Marcus Cobbs, the winning pitcher, had a double and triple, Trey Keegan drove in four runs on three hits, Brady Smith had three hits and three RBIs, and Delon Rolan-Johnson had two hits and drove in four runs.
With the win, the Blue Streaks improve to 16-4 and 7-1.
St. Mary CC 17, Huron 12
At Sandusky, the Panthers got their first win of the season as Randy Mocilnikar, Cody Cantley and Brandon Green all drove in two RBIs.
Jake Green, Brandon Green and Cantley had three hits each, and Trett Andrews got his first win on the mound for SMCC (1-14, 1-9), which benefited from eight Huron errors. Andrews had six strikeouts in five innings of work.
Drew Enderle last 1 1/3 innings and allowed 11 runs (six of them earned) with two strikeouts. Joe Ramey (2-for-3) had two RBIs and scored three runs for the Tigers, while Nick Butler had one RBI and Kyle Koehler added a pair of hits.
For the Panthers, Drew Beverick had two hits and two runs, and Cameron Weiss singled twice.
Clyde 4, Margaretta 2
At Castalia, Ben Danhoff drove in three runs and Drew Frazier struck out 11 for the Fliers, who held a 4-0 lead late and held on against Margaretta.
Brad Gennari had two hits and drove in two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the Bears.
Frazier pitched seven innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits, while counterpart Ben Singer went four innings and allowed three runs on three hits with a trio of strikeouts.
Jose Leal added one RBI for the Fliers, and Royce Laurendeau singled twice.
Kane Kerr and Taylor Satterfield scored a run for Margaretta.
Oak Harbor 9, Port Clinton 5
At Oak Harbor, the Rockets scored four runs in the fifth to hold off Port Clinton as Damian McAtee had two RBIs and got the win on the mound.
Cory Brown pitched four innings for Port Clinton and allowed five runs on three hits with seven walks and four strikeouts.
The Redskins (7-12, 4-5) walked 11 totals batters and hit two more.
Derek Colston’s two-run home run in the fifth made it 5-4 before the Rockets added four more in the bottom half of the inning. Colston and Rospert both had two hits and scored once, and Brown was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Norwalk 13, Shelby 3
At Shelby, leadoff hitter Kyle Lieber had four hits and scored twice, Evan Bader drove in three RBI and scored twice on three hits and Logan Shullick scored three runs and drove in three more as Norwalk tagged Shelby for 19 hits.
The win was the 225th of Truckers coach Wes Douglas’ career.
Alex DeWitt drove in two RBIs, and Bader hit his second homer of the season in the third inning for Norwalk (15-6, 8-2), which hammered out nine extra-base hits against the Whippets (7-14, 3-7).
Johnie Wilcox pitched seven innings and struck out nine with a walk and allowed two earned runs on five singles. After starting 0-2, Wilcox has won four straight.
“We put him on the mound latetly, we have a chance against anybody,” Douglas said.
St. Paul 8, Monroeville 4
At Monroeville, a trio of players had two hits and two RBIs, and Dan Tracht pitched a complete game for the Flyers.
Ian Welch had a third-inning homer to score two, Tracht also added a two-run shot in the sixth for St. Paul (10-10, 7-4). Kyle Bundhschuh also had two hits and two RBIs.
Brian Roberts added two RBI for the Flyers and Kyle Bundschuh had one.
Mitch Brewer and Brian Ringholz added singles for the Eagles.
Tracht allowed four earned runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks. He has 21 strikeouts in his last two outings.