LANCASTER — It has been almost 20 years since Barnesville made its final look within the state baseball event. The wait is over.
A six-run fourth inning and a few clutch aid work by Gavin Carpenter lifted the Shamrocks (24-7) to a 10-7 victory Saturday afternoon over fifth-ranked Minford (26-3-1) within the Division III, Area 11 championship sport on the factitious floor at sun-baked Beavers Area. It’s their first regional title since 2004.
With the win, Barnesville, which completed the season in a tie for seventeenth within the remaining Ohio Excessive College Baseball Coaches Affiliation ballot, advances to the Remaining 4 at Akron’s Canal Park. It’ll play Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (21-8) at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Eagles defeated Cincinnati Nation Day, 5-1, within the Area 12 finals.
“We informed the group this morning that this was going to be Minford’s No. 2 pitcher. It wasn’t going to be a 3-2 sport, we’re going to have to attain runs,” Barnesville head coach D.J. Butler mentioned. “They answered the bell.”
The Shamrocks trailed 4-2 getting into the highest of the fourth however shortly modified that with 5 hits and a a trio of base-on-balls, with two of these coming with the bases stuffed with runners.
“The six-run inning was even greater as a result of we gave up the lead the inning earlier than that,” Butler recalled. “Identical to at all times, these children are resilient. They mentioned they had been going to attain, and so they did.”
Logan Shepherd, the hero of Friday’s marathon 3-2 win over Fredericktown in 12 innings, singled main off. With one out, C.J. Hannahs singled and No. 9 hitter Spencer Bliss bunted for successful to load the bases. Ayden Hannahs and Jeremy Hunkler drew consecutive full-count walks from Falcons reliever Cole Borland to even issues earlier than Edwards ripped the primary pitch he noticed down the left area line for a double that scored Shepherd and C.J. Hannahs. Carpenter adopted with a shot alongside the identical line as Bliss and Edwards touched the plate, with Edwards’ run being the eventual game-winner.
“I simply wished to place the ball in play and see what occurred,” Carpenter mentioned of his two-run single that capped the middle-of-of-the-game outburst.
Carpenter, who took over for Edwards with one out within the third, retired 11 of 14 Falcons from the third via the sixth innings whereas conserving them off the scoreboard. He earned the win with 5 punchouts as he saved pounding the zone with first-pitches strikes. He additionally walked a pair.
“That’s all I used to be making an attempt to do,” Carpenter mentioned of getting forward of the hitters. “I simply wished to make them put the ball in play as a result of I do know my protection is de facto good behind me.”
He completed with 80 choices to the plate, with 51 being strikes. The junior righty retired Minford so as within the fourth and sixth frames.
“Placing up a zero after scoring the six runs was even greater. I feel that type of took the wind out of their sails,” Butler famous. “It gave us some extra confidence and I feel it truly allowed Gavin to type of calm down just a little on the mound.”
Edwards fanned two and walked one in two-plus innings of labor. He wanted 49 pitches (31 strikes) earlier than giving approach to Carpenter with a runner on third and one out. After permitting a run-scoring single to Matthew Kisner, who then stole second and got here round on a two-out single by Branson Alley.
After watching the Inexperienced guys give him a cushion in run-support, Carpenter did his factor on the mound within the backside of the inning as he retired the Falcons to ensure that the primary time within the contest. He additionally did it within the sixth earlier than giving up three window-dressing tallies within the seventh.
“I feel we have now 4 pitchers which can be able to beating anyone,” Butler burdened. “When certainly one of them doesn’t have their finest stuff, there’s one other able to step in and take over. Jake didn’t have his finest command right now. He gutted it out so long as he might go and Gavin was actually clutch for us.”
Along with Carpenter’s single and double that produced three runs, Barnesville additionally obtained multi-hit video games from Shepherd and Bliss, each of which had two one-base raps.
“Spencer is sort of a second leadoff hitter for us within the No. 9 gap. That’s why he’s there,” Butler mentioned. “He’s quick and he’s at all times able to getting on base.”
Bliss relishes the function.
“It’s actually vital being the No. 9 hitter. For those who don’t have that depth in that spot, you don’t have an opportunity to get bunts down or issues like that,” Bliss mentioned. “It’s like being a second leadoff hitter. I get on base and Ayden often knocks me in. That’s actually a free run there.”
Barnesville’s first two runs got here within the second inning on a bases-loaded free cross to Bliss and an error. Carpenter singled in a single within the sixth and one other crossed by way of one other Minford miscue.
Division III, Area 11 Championship
(at Beavers Area, Lancaster)
Barnesville 10, Minford 7
Barnesville 020 602 0 — 10 8 1
Minford 112 000 3 — 7 9 3
B–Edwards (2K, 1BB), Carpenter wp (3), (5K, 2BB) and Johnson; A. Hannahs rbi; Hunkler rbi; Edwards D, 2rbi; Carpenter S, D, 3rbi; Shepherd 2S; Bliss 2S, rbi
M–Coriell (2K, 1BB), Borland lp (2K, 5BB), Wheeler (6), (1K, 0BB) and Risner; Vogelsong 2S; A. Queen D; Risner 3S, 3rbi; Coriell SF, rbi; Alley 2S, 2rbi
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