Toledo Central Catholic wasn’t the preseason pick to win the Three Rivers Athletic Conference baseball title.
But the Irish are certainly making the most of their opportunities.
For the second time in three days, Central Catholic capitalized on eight errors by the opposition, resulting in a 9-3 win over Findlay in a TRAC matchup at the FHS diamond on Friday. Eight errors also factored in TCC’s 11-3 win over Fremont Ross on Wednesday.
“Our first few games our pitching struggled a little bit, but our defense was pretty decent,” said FHS coach Jeff Stutzman. “Tonight it was defensive mistakes that hurt us.”
Kam Weber had two hits and Colin Kaucher and Tommy Vetter had RBI singles for Central Catholic. Richard O’Donnell pitched a complete game, striking out five, walking five and giving up four hits to keep the Irish (3-0, 2-0 TRAC) unbeaten.
Grant Akin had Findlay’s first etxra-base hit of the season when he doubled in the first inning. Ryan Golden had the second, a two-run double in the third.
Findlay (1-4, 1-1 TRAC) will host Toledo Bowsher today in a doubleheader starting at noon at the high school diamond.
Tol. Central Catholic 103 131 0 — 9 9 0
Findlay 002 010 0 — 3 4 8
WP — O’Donnell. LP — Stillings (0-2). top hitters: (TCC) Weber 2-1B; Kaucher 1B, RBI; Vetter 1B, RBI. (Fin) Akin 2B; Golden 1B, 2B, 2 RBI.
records: Toledo Central Catholic 3-0 overall, 2-0 Three Rivers Athletic Conference; Findlay 1-4, 1-1 TRAC.
Findlay JV 000 010 1 — 2 4 7
Toledo Cent. Cath. JV 001 220 x — 5 6 1
WP — Faunce. LP — Rinebolt (0-1). top hitters: (Fin) Cruea 3B, Berry 2-1B, Weichert 1B, RBI. (TCC) Faunce 2-1B.
records: Findlay 2-2, 1-1.
ARLINGTON — Arlington broke open a 1-1 game with eight runs in the fourth inning and defeated Pandora-Gilboa 11-1 in a five-inning Blanchard Valley Conference contest on Friday.
Tyler Richard (2-0) struck out seven and walked one to pick up the win, and added a double, two singles and an RBI at the plate.
Nathan Insley singled three times and drove in a run, Zachary Durliat added two singles and an RBI and John Solt recorded a double and an RBI for the Red Devils (4-2, 2-0 BVC).
Pandora-Gilboa (3-2, 0-1) got a double and an RBI from Reed Hovest.
Pandora-Gilboa 100 00 — 1 2 3
Arlington 100 82 — 11 13 1
WP — Richards (2-0). LP — Rieman (0-1). top hitters: (P-G) Hovest 2B, RBI. (Arl) Solt 2B, RBI; Affholder 1B, RBI; Freed 1B, RBI; Richards 2-1B, 2B, RBI; Speyer 1B, RBI; Durliat 2-1B, RBI; Insley 3-1B, RBI; Starr 2B.
records: Pandora-Gilboa 3-2, 0-1 Blanchard Valley Conference; Arlington 4-2, 2-0 BVC.
LIMA BATH 5
OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and upended Lima Bath, considered one of the preseason title contenders in the Western Buckeye League, 6-5 in a key league matchup on Friday.
Lima Bath, unbeaten heading into Friday’s game, scored five runs in the top of the first inning. O-G starter Brad Croy blanked Bath (5-1, 1-1 WBL) the rest of the way, though, allowing eight hits, just two earned runs, striking out six and walking none.
Ben Dietering had an RBI single for O-G, 3-2 overall and 2-0 in WBL play.
Lima Bath 500 000 0 — 5 8 2
Ottawa-Glandorf 100 010 4 — 6 5 1
WP — Croy (1-0). LP — Gossard. top hitters: (LB) Gossard 3-1B; Jordan 2B, 1B. (O-G) Dietering 1B, RBI.
records: Lima Bath 5-1 overall, 1-1 Western Buckeye League; Ottawa-Glandorf 3-2, 2-0 WBL.
PATRICK HENRY 18
HAMLER — Patrick Henry plated eight runs in the first inning and steamrolled Holgate 18-1 in a five-inning nonleague meeting on Friday.
Kollin Spence tripled, singled and drove in five runs, Derek Hoops added three singles and two RBIs, Neil Storch hit a double and drove in three runs and Joey Nickels singled twice and had two RBIs for the Patriots (4-1).
Holgate’s Everett Klingshirn singled and had an RBI and Matt Westrick contributed a double.
Holgate 001 00 — 1 3 6
Patrick Henry 819 0x — 18 11 0
WP — Seemann. LP — Okuley. top hitters: (Hol) Westrick 2B; Klingshirn 1B, RBI. (PH) Hoops 3-1B, 2 RBI; Spence 1B, 3B, 5 RBI; Petersen 3B, RBI; Ziegler 1B, RBI; Nickels 2-1B, 2 RBI; Kolpien 1B, 3 RBI; Storch 2B, 3 RBI.
records: Patrick Henry 4-1.
BASCOM — Alex Hayes knocked in four runs with a pair of two-run singles and Genoa used an eight-run second inning as a springboard to Friday’s 15-7 nonleague baseball win over Hopewell-Loudon.
Casey Gose had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two for Genoa (3-3). Garett Sendelbach had two hits and an RBI for Hopewell-Loudon (5-2).
Genoa 280 221 0 — 15 14 1
Hopewell-Loudon 410 110 0 — 7 8 2
WP — Edwards. LP — Imes (1-1). top hitters: (Gen) Gose 3-1B, 2 RBI; Hayes 2-1B, 4 RBI; Spiess 1B, 3B, 2 RBI. (H-L) Depinet 2B; Sendelbach 2-1B, RBI; Scherger 1B, RBI; Tyree 1B, RBI; Steinmetz 1B, RBI; Park 1B, RBI.
records: Genoa 3-3, Hopewell-Loudon 5-2.
FOSTORIA — Parker Lease singled and drove in three runs, while also picking up the victory on the mound as Liberty-Benton dropped Fostoria 12-5 in a nonleague matchup on Friday.
Anthony Webb had a pair of singles and two RBIs, Caleb Russell doubled and drove in two runs, Alex Harter recorded a single and two RBIs and Jon Dager singled three times for the Eagles (4-0).
Chris Hampton tallied two singles and two RBIs and Alex Souders added two singles and an RBI for the Redmen (3-3).
Liberty-Benton 210 521 1 — 12 10 2
Fostoria 001 210 1 — 5 9 3
WP — Lease. LP — Yates. top hitters: (L-B) Russell 2B, 2 RBI; Webb 2-1B, 2 RBI; Lease 1B, 3 RBI; Neiling 1B, RBI; Harter 1B, RBI; Dager 3-1B; Young 1B, RBI. (Fos) Bemis 2B; Abell 2B; Hampton 2-1B, 2 RBI; Sounders 2-1B, RBI; Vogel 1B, RBI.
records: Liberty-Benton 4-0; Fostoria 3-3.
SENECA EAST 2
UPPER SANDUSKY 0
ATTICA — Seneca East’s Ethan Caudill pitched a complete-game one hitter, struck out 12 Upper Sandusky batters and walked two to lead the Tigers past the Rams 2-0 in nonconference baseball action Friday.
The Tigers (7-0) scored a run in the fourth and six innings, and Caudill took care of the Rams on the mound, allowing just a single to Sam Plott.
Carson Mittermaier allowed two unearned runs on four hits in six innings pitched, while striking out five, for Upper Sandusky (4-3), which had four errors.
Upper Sandusky 000 000 0 — 0 1 4
Seneca East 000 101 x — 2 4 1
WP — Caudill. LP — Mittermaier. top hitters: (SE) Nagel 1B, RBI; Scheiber & McWilliams 2B.
records: Upper Sandusky 4-3, Seneca East 7-0.
MOUNT BLANCHARD – Bucyrus plated seven runs in the top half of the seventh inning en route to a 13-5 North Central Conference victory against Riverdale on Friday.
Matt Amicone allowed four runs on six hits in five innings of work to pick up the win, and contributed three singles and an RBI to help his own cause. Dylan Mutchler added a single and two RBIs for the Redmen (2-4, 1-1 NCC).
Tristan Davis and Isaiah Hicks each had a pair of singles and an RBI for Riverdale (1-5, 1-1).
Bucyrus 000 150 7 — 13 9 2
Riverdale 200 020 1 — 5 8 9
WP — Amicone. LP — Frey. top hitters: (Buc) Amicone 3-1B, RBI; Ford 1B, 2B, 3 RBI; Mutchler 1B, 2 RBI. (Riv) Davis 2-1B, RBI; Hicks 2-1B, RBI.
records: Bucyrus 2-4, 1-1 NCC; Riverdale 1-5, 1-1 NCC.
FORT JENNINGS 0
SHERWOOD — Brett Dietrich threw a one-hitter on Friday as Fairview shut out Fort Jennings 2-0 in nonconference baseball.
Dietrich struck out 12 batters in the complete game victory for Fairview.
Fort Jennings pitcher Brett Clay allowed two unearned runs on four hits and a walk over six innings of work. Ryan Rau had the only single for Fort Jennings (2-4).
Fort Jennings 000 000 0 — 0 1 4
Fairview 001 010 x — 2 4 1
WP — Dietrich. LP — Clay. top hitters: (FJ) 1B.
records: Fort Jennings 2-4.
VAN BUREN 2
BOWLING GREEN — Lake’s Jayce Vancena, who will play baseball for the University of Michigan next season, ripped an RBI double in the first inning and the Flyers flew past Van Buren 12-2 in a nonconference matchup at Carter Park in Bowling Green on Friday.
The Flyers (6-1) added three runs in the second and scored seven runs over the final three innings. Joel Densic ripped four singles to lead Lake at the plate.
Jameson Jacobs and Ross Adolph each had two singles for Van Buren (4-2), and Isaac Sexton hit an RBi single in the fifth inning.
Lake 230 022 3 — 12 14 0
Van Buren 000 020 0 — 2 7 4
WP — Witt. LP — Adolph. top hitters: (Lake) Densic 4-1B; Duncan 2-1B; Vancena 2-RBI. (VB) Jacobs 2-1B; Adolph 2-1B; Sexton 1B, RBI.
records: Lake 6-1, Van Buren 4-2.