TOLEDO — Ryan Golden delivered a clutch two-run first-inning triple and knocked in four runs overall and Findlay got another strong pitching effort from Chandler Stillings in posting a 6-1 Three Rivers Athletic Conference victory at Toledo Whitmer on Friday.
The win was Findlay’s seventh straight, ninth in the last 11 games and boosted the Trojans to 11-6 overall and 6-1 in the TRAC. Findlay and Toledo Central Catholic (11-4, 5-1) trail only Toledo St. John’s (9-1, 4-0) in the league standings.
Golden gave Findlay a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, following Nolan Rodman’s single, a fielders choice by Wes Breitigam and Grant Akins’ beaning with a two-run triple. Connor Curlis added an RBI single and another run scored on a ground out by Clay Rice as Findlay took a 4-0 lead.
Whitmer (8-8, 3-4 TRAC) answered with a run in the bottom of the first, but Stillings pitched lock-down baseball the rest of the way. The sophomore left-hander struck out nine, didn’t walk a battter and pitched six shutout innings in improving his record to 2-2 with his second straight complete game. Stillings allowed seven hits, three of them by Whitmer leadoff hitter Anthony Okdie.
Michael Roche and Austin Cameron had two hits each for Findlay. Both scored in the fourth inning when Golden ripped a shot to third that was ruled an error.
Findlay 400 200 0 — 6 8 3
Toledo Whitmer 100 000 0 — 1 7 1
WP — Stillings (2-2). top hitters: (Fin) Golden 3B, 2 RBI; Curlis 1B, RBI; Roche 2-1B; Cameron 2-1B. (TW) Okdie 3-1B; Hickie 1B, RBI.
records: Findlay 11-6 overall, 6-1 TRAC; Toledo Whtimer 8-8, 3-4 TRAC.
TOLEDO WHITMER JV 7, FINDLAY 5
Toledo Whitmer JV 000 500 2 — 7 11 3
Findlay 000 000 2 — 2 5 4
WP — Lawniczak. LP — Elchert (1-5). top hitters: (Whit) Burnett 2-1B, RBI; Lawniczak, Smith & Bucowski 2-1B. (Fin) Cosiano 2-1B, RBI; Rinebolt 1B, RBI.
records: Findlay 9-8, 2-4-1 TRAC.