Errors cost the Perkins baseball team a win over a quality program Thursday afternoon, as four miscues in the field led to an 11-8 loss to Mansfield Madison at Perkins High School.
The Pirates (5-3) trailed 7-2 entering the bottom of the fifth and erupted for six runs to take an 8-7 lead, but the Rams responded with four runs in the top of the sixth, three of which were unearned.
"Errors were the deciding factor in the game," Perkins coach Ray Neill said. "Hopefully we can take the good stuff from this and alleviate the mistakes for (today) with a big SBC game with Edison."
Luke Fraley hit a two-run double for the Pirates in the fifth, but was the tough-luck loser on the mound. He pitched two innings and gave up four runs, only one of which was earned. He struck out one and walked one on four hits.
Ryan Ebert started for the Pirates and pitched the first four innings, allowing seven runs, three of which were earned. He struck out two and walked two on eight hits.
Joey Price had three hits for Perkins, including a double and an RBI. Seth Bryant also added two hits and drove in three, while Tyler Mees added two singles.
Madison 202 304 0 -- 11 13 1
Perkins 101 060 0 -- 8 11 4
WP -- Ohl; LP -- Luke Fraley (0-1)
2B -- (M): Sewieck; (P): Gerold, Price, Fraley
Oak Harbor 13, Margaretta 5
At Castalia, the Rockets pounded out 14 hits and watched as the Polar Bears committed eight errors in the field.
The Rockets (5-4, 2-0 SBC) got two doubles from Josh Warnke and two hits each from D.J. Everett, Brian Mallernee, Phil Bryant and Mark Konieczny. A.J. Cecil also doubled for Oak Harbor.
For Margaretta (1-7, 0-2 SBC), Hunter Kinchy hit a solo home run while Brad Gennari had a single, a double and two RBIs. Colton Gast added two singles and Craig Galindo doubled.
Norwalk 4, U. Sandusky 1
At Upper Sandusky, Norwalk brought back a 4-1 Northern Ohio League l win from Upper Sandusky to remain unbeaten in the league.
The Truckers improved to 8-2 overall, 4-0 in the NOL and are scheduled to host Ashland today in non-league action.
A showdown with league favorite Bellevue (8-2, 2-1) looms on Monday, weather permitting. The Truckers and Redmen split a year ago with the home team winning each time.
In the win over the Rams, Norwalk had five hits and scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the fifth, Michael Finch reached on an error and scored on a wild pitch. Then, Colin Obringer, who was running for Ethan Rhodes, scored on an Isaac Perry two-out single.
The sixth saw Evan Bader collect a double and touched home on a Dustin Lieber single. Pinch runner Bailey Rarick tallied a run on an infield out.
"We manufactured a little bit and played solid defense,'' Norwalk coach Wes Douglas said.
Collin Souter earned his second win. He went five innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on two hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Bader worked the last two innings for the save. He allowed a hit and walk with a strikeout.
Norwalk 000 022 0 -- 4 5 1
U. Sandusky 000 001 0 -- 1 3 2
WP -- Souter; LP -- Ohl
2B -- (N): Bader
Columbian 11, Bellevue 3
At Bellevue, the Redmen suffered their first NOL loss at the hands of Columbian (7-2, 4-0).
Mike Fry had a tough day for the Redmen (8-2, 2-1) as he started the first two innings and allowed seven earned runs on five hits in taking the loss.
Willard 5, Fostoria 4 (8)
At Willard, the Flashes earned a walk-off win in the bottom of the eighth to improve to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the NOL.
Kyle Fluharty doubled twice for the Flashes while J.T. Luevano added two hits. Eric Caudill picked up the win on the mound.
Mapleton 11, St. Paul 7
At Nankin Township, St. Paul put together another solid offensive performance Wednesday, but defense was a letdown for the Flyers in their 11-7 loss to Mapleton in Firelands Conference baseball.
The Flyers fell behind 7-2 after two innings. Five runs over the next five innings wasn't enough as the Mounties pulled away for the conference win.
"Errors killed us," St. Paul coach Jim Carper said. "We walked only three people, but we just didn't field the ball."
The Flyers committed five errors Wednesday.
St. Paul is 1-2 in its last three games despite combining for 40 hits.
New London 6, Plymouth 1
At Plymouth, the Wildcats remained unbeaten in the FC with a 6-1 win over host Plymouth.
Tied at 1-1 entering the fifth inning, New London (7-1, 4-0) scored two in the fifth and three in the sixth, all with two outs.
The only run starter Nick Thomas (2-1) allowed was on a wild pitch in the first inning. He allowed four hits and walked three and struck out three in pitching all seven innings.
Vermilion 11, N. Ridgeville 1
At North Ridgeville, the Sailors pulled away late for a West Shore Conference road win over the Rangers.
Derek Mills was strong on the mound for Vermilion (9-4, 4-2). He went all seven innings and struck out 12 batters with no walks while scattering five hits.
At the plate, Cory Fox was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI while Gabe Skahen was 3 for 3 with three RBIs. Vinnie Ragnoni added three hits and an RBI for the Sailors, who are scheduled to play at Port Clinton Saturday for a doubleheader.