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REGULAR SEASON BASEBALL State-ranked South Range locks up Inter-County title

Published: Tue, May 8, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.

Shane Davis' clutch home run lifted Poland.

NORTH LIMA -- Tom Kimmel's bases-loaded double and Bobby Miller's two-run homer led the South Range High baseball team to a 10-0 victory over Mineral Ridge to clinch the Inter-County League championship.

Kimmel's three-run double in the second inning gave the Raiders (16-5, 13-1 ICL) a 4-0 lead.

Miller, the winning pitcher, homered in the fourth inning and threw a two-hitter. The Raiders are ranked 18th in Division IV in the coaches poll.

Fitch 12, Boardman 7: AUSTINTOWN -- Beau Banfield and Steve Burnich had three-run doubles in a nine-run sixth inning to lift the Falcons.

The Spartans (18-5, 7-1 Steel Valley Conference) led 6-3 after five innings.

In the sixth for Fitch (19-7, 5-3), Mike DeToro doubled and the next three hitters walked. Banfield doubled to tie the score at 6.

Kevin Pontius singled, Josh Starr walked and Burnich doubled for a 10-6 lead.

DeToro also homered for the Falcons, who have won nine in a row.

Giancarlo Silvestri homered and Matt Repec had two doubles for the Spartans.

Howland 11, Niles 7: NILES -- The Tigers (11-6, 6-2 Metro Athletic Conference) pounded out nine hits and Vasili Pahoulis improved to 3-0 with the win in relief.

Ron Hooper hit a three-run homer as Howland remained in a first-place tie in the MAC standings with Poland (7-3). Struthers is 6-3. Howland has games remaining against Struthers and Salem.

Jeff Stredney tripled to knock in two runs. Pahoulis also tripled and Matt Hundley doubled.

For Niles (10-11, 3-7), P.J. Rishel homered and doubled. Lou Viglio and Sam Gatta also doubled.

Poland 4, Canfield 3: POLAND -- Shane Davis' three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning won the game for the Bulldogs (14-5, 7-3 MAC).

Winning pitcher John Hay (5-1) tossed a seven-hitter. Cody Holecko's two hits included a double.

For Canfield, Scott Wadman doubled, while Doug Hudoba and Paul Suhar each had two singles.

Hubbard 5, Liberty 4: HUBBARD -- Garrett Cravener's two hits included a triple as he scored twice for the Eagles (11-6, 10-2 Trumbull Athletic Conference).

Marty Kanetsky's double knocked in three runs as Hubbard rallied for three runs in the fifth inning.

For Liberty (4-16, 3-9), Manny Rivera hit a first-inning grand slam.

Youngstown Christian 13, Wilson 9: YOUNGSTOWN -- Billy Lucas' two hits included a double, and he drove in six runs for Youngstown Christian (9-2-1).

Antonio DeJesus and Ryan Bailey each had two hits.

Losing pitcher Will Dean tripled for the Redmen.

West Branch 6, Beaver Local 1: LISBON -- Robert Stull tossed a five-hitter to lead the Warriors (14-9).

Josh Hurford had two hits, including a home run. Todd Mast's two hits included a double, and he drove in two runs.


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