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PREP BASEBALL Fitch whips Jackson, 6-1



Published: Fri, April 22, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The Falcons are now 5-0 in the Federal League.

MASSILLON -- The Fitch High baseball team improved to 5-0 in the Federal League with a 6-1 victory Thursday over Massillon Jackson.

Steve Gruver (2-0) pitched a four-hitter while the Falcons (10-3) pounded out 11 hits including four doubles.

Mike Brown, who made two outstanding defensive plays in right field, led the way with a pair of doubles while Dan DiYorio and Charlie Olenych each had two hits including a double.

Dom Modarelli and Mike Eliseo also had two hits for the winners.

Jackson dropped to 6-5, 1-5.

Lake 3, Boardman 0

UNIONTOWN -- Brett Thomas pitched a two hitter and John Rutan smacked a two-run home run as Lake blanked Boardman in Federal League play.

Kevin Sikora struck out seven and allowed just three hits in a losing effort for Boardman (8-7, 2-4).

Harding 9, Chaney 2

WARREN -- Tom Popadak's three hits included a triple and drove in two runs for the Raiders (7-9, 5-1 Steel Valley Conference). Popadak also scored two runs.

Winning pitcher Ben Miller (1-0) tossed a four-hitter and aided his cause with two hits.

Also with two hits were Ryan Cameron, Andy Dobson, Willie Sekula and Ethan Taylor.

For the Cowboys, Joe Morales homered and Lou Kopachy doubled.

Beaver Local 8, Mooney 6

YOUNGSTOWN -- Beaver Local rallied from a 5-0 deficit to score four runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth to prevail.

Andy Lubich hit a triple, double and single, and drove in three runs while scoring twice to pace the Beavers (12-3).

Jonathan Grist hit a pair of singles, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Cardinals (11-3).

Niles 8, Salem 4

SALEM -- Joe Razzano's three hits included a triple and drove in three runs for the Red Dragons (10-5, 3-4 Metro Athletic Conference).

Brandon Miller and Robbie Porter doubled for Niles. Porter and Patrick Fortune each had two hits. Winning pitcher Anthony Ragozine (4-0) struck out two batters.

For the Quakers (9-6, 1-6), Jarin Heath, Cody Dillon and Craig Hritz each had two hits with doubles.

Western Reserve 16, Mineral Ridge 6

MINERAL RIDGE -- Brock Christie belted a three-run home run in the first inning and Western Reserve went on to roll over Mineral Ridge in six innings.

Christie also had a single while Ryan Ludt added three hits including a double for the Blue Devils (10-4, 4-3 ICL).

Brandon Maherman was the winning pitcher while Ryan Cauken homered for the Blue Devils.

Jim Grantz had two hits including a double and Jason Ferguson added two singles for the Rams.

South Range 11, Lowellville 5

NORTH LIMA -- Jeff Pilcher went the distance scattering eight hits and allowing three earned runs as South Range came from behind.

Trailing 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Raiders (6-5, 5-1 ICL) erupted for seven runs to break open the game.

Josh Less had three hits for the winners while Tom DeChellis and Ben Detwiler added two each.

Jerrod Donatelli had two hits for the Rockets while Rich Schrader drove in two runs.

Springfield 10, Jackson-Milton 4

NORTH JACKSON -- The Tigers (10-5, 5-2 ICL) scored six runs in the top of the 11th inning.

John Houser paced the Tigers with a double and three singles.

Zack Kosa hit a double and two singles for the Bluejays (8-7, 4-4).

Crestview 9, United 3

COLUMBIANA -- David Meyers and Aaron Whittenberger each hit homers for Crestview in a Tri-County League game.

Aaron Thompson added two hits and two RBIs for the Rebels (9-5, 5-2) and Greg Brown (2-1) went the distance, striking out seven and walking three to get the win.

Carrollton 4, West Branch 1

CARROLLTON -- Carrollton rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to post its fourth win in six outings in the Northeastern Buckeye Conference game.

Dylan Henry pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four to pick up the win. Donnie Barnes paced the team (9-4) with a pair of singles.

Andy Todor and J.R. Gibson led the Warriors (7-6, 3-5) with two singles apiece.

Woodridge 5, Southeast 2

RAVENNA -- Dave Krusinski pounded out three hits including a home run to lead Woodridge past Southeast.

Brent Bergdorf also added two hits for the winners (4-7, 4-3).

Marcus Watson had a double and single for Southeast (1-12, 1-6), while Joe Knopick and Brian Binegor each added two singles.




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