Boardman 11-U team stays alive
By Dan hiner
The Boardman 11-U baseball team were inspired by their 12-U counterparts. The 12-U team won on a walk-off home run prior to the 11-Us taking the field.
Boardman’s 11-U team, which had been struggling offensively, beat Canfield 11-3 in the District 2 championship on Tuesday at Fields of Dreams in Boardman.
“A walk-off home run, it gets you going,” Boardman head coach Dom Trivery said. “It gets the blood pumping. You’re in the championship, everybody was pumped — they were loose today.”
Boardman jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Max Switka and Kaden Mayhew hit back-to-back bases-loaded singles in the bottom of the second inning.
After loading the bases in the third, Boardman broke the game open.
Boardman scored six runs in the third before Canfield recorded an out.
Boardman got good production out of the top three hitters in its lineup. Mayhew led Boardman, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Teammates Grayson Eicher also drove in three runs and TJ Norton had two RBIs.
“I did good,” Mayhew said. “I drove in those runs to give us the lead and we won.”
Boardman starter Mason Nawrocki pitched four scoreless inning before allowing three runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Nawrocki was pulled for Mayhew with two outs in the top of the sixth. Mayhew got Canfield’s Nicholas Beradino to ground out to end the game.
Nawrocki struck out 10 in 52/3 innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks.
“It was fun. I came in, threw two strikeouts in the first inning and I just shut them down from there,” Nawrocki said.
After Beradino scored on an error, Canfield’s Drew Snyder cut the lead to 8-2 with an RBI single to right field. Snyder scored when Trey McNutt hit an RBI groundout in the next at-bat.
Canfield starter Noah Anzevino allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits and three walks. Anzevino struck out three in three-plus innings.
Aiden Radinsky relieved Anzevino in the third, but had to be taken out after his inning of work.
During his at-bat in the fifth inning, Radinsky was hit in the head by a pitch. He was taken into the dugout and was evaluated by the Canfield coaches.
Boardman has to beat Canfield twice to win the district because Canfield entered the game undefeated in the tournament. The teams will play at 8 p.m. today at Fields of Dreams.
“We kept plugging. The kids kept plugging, plugging and plugging in [batting practice] today,” Trivery said. “We came out and they showed it.
“As a whole team they did a great job. I mean it was a team win today, it really was — great pitching, great defense and great hitting.”