Austintown Fitch 10-8, West Branch 6-1
In the opener, Noah Suchora tossed a six-inning one-hitter, striking out three and walking one. Scott Pierce led the Falcons’ offense with three hits including a homer and scored three runs. Kyle Benyo’s two hits included a homer while Luke Peterson’s three hits included a double and drove in two runs. Shane Vitullo’s two hits including a double and scored three times for the Falcons (14-8). Dylan Greenawalt had the Warriors’ hit. In the second game, Austin Bartley scattered seven hits for the win. Vitullo had four hits and Patrick Gerberry doubled. Zack Miller’s two hits drove in two runs and Benyo had three RBIs. For the Warriors (12-10), Jake Smith and Ryan Adams each had two hits.
Howland 8, Boardman 2
Tyler Spain drove in two runs on three hits to lead Howland. AJ Armstrong pitched six solid innings for the Tigers (13-8) to earn the win. Eddie Crump had a RBI and two hits for the Spartans.
Howland 9, Girard 5
A four-run fifth inning helped lift Howland over Girard. The Tigers (14-8) got two hits apiece from Kyle Watson and Kurt Kuszmaul. They were also aided by six Indians errors. Joe Colapietro went 2-for-4 and drove in a run for Girard.
Nordonia 3, Poland 2
Jake Hawkins singled and homered and Jon Shurilla went 2-for-3 with a RBI for the Bulldogs. Ryan Burkert went the distance for Poland, striking out six and walking three.
South Range 6-8, Lisbon 0-4
in the opener, Tyler Baird (5-1) and Tyler Rothbauer combined for a four-hit shutout. Zach Thorpe doubled and drove in three runs. Dan Macinga and Ryan Miller also doubled. For the Blue Devils, Colin Sweeney and Avery Andric doubled. In the second game, Turner Curry (2-1) earned the win, Greg Dunham doubled and Bill Goodall drove in two runs for the Raiders (19-3, 14-0 Inter Tri-County League). For the Blue Devils, Sweeney drove in two runs. He and Jagr Groubert doubled.
Springfield 1, East Palestine 0
Springfield’s Joe Wrask drove in Ryan Kohler in the bottom of the eighth inning to preserve James Hillyer’s pitching gem. Hillyer allowed just two East Palestine hits, walked none and struck out 15 batters over eight innings. Mark Schuler added two hits for the Tigers.
Hubbard 7-2, Heartland Christian 1-5
Alex Greathouse (2-0) threw a four-hitter in the opener, fanning nine and walking just one. He also had three hits, as did Ryan Love. Drew Bencetic had a triple and two runs batted in for the Eagles (11-12). Pat Bell pitched four innings for Heartland (9-5) in the second game and added a double, a single and two RBIs for the Lions. Bencetic hit two doubles, Greathouse had a triple and a single and Bret Lopuchovsky hit a double and a single for Hubbard.
Western Reserve 11-12, Sebring 1-2
In the opener, John Clegg had two hits and three RBIs. He also pitched a three-hitter, striking out 10 and walking three. Walker Marlowe had two hits and scored three runs while Evan Nesbitt had two hits and two RBIs. In the second game, Wyatt Larimer tossed a five-inning five-hitter, striking out seven and walking three. Marlowe led the offense with three hits and two RBIs. Parker Clegg, Jacob Clark, Nick Allison and Dan Zilke each had two hits, with Allison driving in two runs.