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Locals spark victory in high school all-star baseball game

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AKRON — It was an afternoon of fun in the sun for the Lorain County all-stars at Tuesday’s Northeast Ohio Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game at Canal Park.

Lorain’s Brandon Bartlome and Brookside’s Dudley Taw each scored twice as the Blue team, which included all-stars from Lorain and Ashland counties, defeated the Green team 10-1.

Taw’s third-inning triple scored Bartlome with the first Blue run and started a three-run rally.

“We had the Lorain County All-Star game and I though that was fun but this tops it,” Taw said. “These guys are so much fun. It was great to play with (Antonio) Bennett again and my friends from Columbia; Kyle Svenson from Avon Lake and Dom Massa from Avon. It was just a great day.”

Columbia’s Cody Reichard also drove in a run in the third inning with a sacrifice fly.

The Green team, comprised of all-stars from Stark, Wayne and Holmes counties, answered with a run in the fourth inning when Norwayne’s Travis Stika hit a ground ball that scored Northwest outfielder Beau Workman.

Blue team coach Frank DeSmit used seven pitchers, who each threw an inning. Firelands’ Jeremy Simonovich earned the win.

Elyria Catholic’s Colden Schemmel got the Blue’s six-run fifth inning started with a single. It was the only hit of the inning, followed by three errors, two walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball that resulted in the Blue team taking a 9-1 lead.

“We were just playing to have fun,” Schemmel said. “You’ve got to embrace the moment. It was like backyard baseball.”

Schemmel, whose Elyria Catholic team played earlier this year at Progressive Field, said the experience of playing at the home of the Eastern League’s Akron RubberDucks was comparable to playing at the home of the Indians.

“It’s actually not that much different,” he said. “The grass feels the same. It’s just about as nice.”

The Blue team had opportunities to win by an even wider margin, leaving 10 men on base, including nine in the first five innings.

Bennett and Massa each pitched a perfect inning for the Blue team.

“It was a celebratory feeling,” Bartlome said when asked about playing in the all-star game. “A lot of us are going on to play at the next level to play baseball. This is just a game to remember where we came from and have a chance to play with the best from the area.”

Loudonville’s Austin VanSickle also drove in a run for the winning team.

Earlier in the day Bennett was recognized as the Division II Northeast Ohio Player of the Year and Elyria Catholic coach Bruce Lisicky was named the Division III Coach of the Year.

Veteran North Olmsted coach Tim Murphy was inducted into the NEOBCA Hall of Fame.

A total of four all-star games were played at Canal Park on Tuesday, with players from as far away as Dalton and East Palestine taking part in the festivities.

In the game between the Cuyahoga County all-stars, which featured players from North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Westlake taking on an all-star team of players from Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties, the Cuyahoga County team scored eight runs in the first two innings on its way to a 10-4 win.

Bulldogs Lukas Banhidy and Charlie Broski each had first-inning hits to key the Cuyahoga rally. North Olmsted’s Cal Smith was the game’s winning pitcher.

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