COLUMBIA STATION — The No. 13 proved to be lucky for three teams as they won first-round district games in the Lorain County portion of the state Hot Stove tournament on Sunday.
One of the three wins came via the 10-run mercy rule, while another game wasn’t a rout as was a game earlier in the season between the teams. The third victory saw the winners holding on for their first legitimate win of the season as the opponent kept pecking away and hoping to advance in the single-elimination competition.
Columbia Morton’s Landscaping mercy-ruled the Firelands Nighthawks 13-0 in Class F (ages 13-14).
In Class G (ages 11-12), Columbia Viccarone Heating and Cooling made the most of its first tournament game in this age group and came away with a 13-6 victory over the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs.
And in Class H (ages 9-10), North Olmsted Suburban Collision Center held on for a 13-10 win over Midview North Ross Environmental.
Cox leads Morton’s with bat, glove
Catcher Brandon Cox smacked a three-run inside-the-park home run to highlight Morton’s Landscaping’s eight-run second inning against the Nighthawks.
“This was a really nice way to begin tournament play,” said Cox. “We played hard and kept our mistakes to a minimum.”
Manager Dwayne Hershey was obviously pleased with the performance.
“We struggled to win two regular-season games against them,” said Hershey. “Our kids were fired up for this game.
“Brandon’s home run was really nice to see. Our third baseman, Zach Stopper, also had a big hit (a triple) for us.
“And our pitcher, my son Michael Hershey, pitched a great game. He got ahead in the count and spotted the ball well, both inside and outside. Our defense played behind him with a lot of authority.”
Michael Hershey echoed his father’s thoughts about the keys to the mercy-rule win, which came after 4½ innings.
“I threw hard in this game,” said Michael. “I was hitting the corners nicely. Our defense was great, especially Brandon as my catcher. He was able to knock things down and keep Firelands from doing any real damage.”
Morton’s returns to action against Valley City Miller Farms on Saturday at the Oberlin Recreational Complex at 12:30 p.m.
Viccarone gets nice birthday gift
Columbia Viccarone starting pitcher Jacob Viccarone celebrated his 11th birthday in style as he cracked a double and two singles and scored three runs.
“We beat the Bulldogs 30-6 earlier in the season,” said Viccarone. “This first-round tournament win really made for a very happy birthday for me.”
Viccarone leadoff hitter Jesse Lambert doubled, had three singles and scored two runs, while teammate Vince Tremont had three singles and scored twice.
“I was very patient today,” said Lambert. “That was the key to my having a good game.”
“These boys have worked very hard,” said manager Gino Viccarone, whose team upped its record to 15-4. “They’re really coming together very nicely as a team. They’re playing some very impressive baseball in their first season at the Class G level.”
Due to Saturday’s postponement of several first-round games, Viccarone’s is right back in action today against Valley City Wolf Bros. at Keystone Penfield at 6 p.m.
Medaglia provides insurance for Suburban Collision
Josh Medaglia’s three-run triple in the top of the sixth inning helped ensure Suburban Collision’s Class H win. The team’s only other win this season came via a forfeit.
“My triple proved to be an all-important hit for us,” said Medaglia. “The pitch was right where I wanted it. So I swung at it and got some nice results out of it.”
“We’ve been practicing very hard,” said Suburban manager David Reich. “We told our boys to go out there and have some fun. It’s the so-called ‘second season’ and to make the most of it. Things are starting to show what we have accomplished.”
Suburban Collision also will return to action right away as the boys face the North Olmsted Paulin Eagles today at 6 p.m. at Columbia Station Park.
Postponed games rescheduled
Due to Saturday’s postponement of several first-round games, 21 second-round games, nine each in Classes H and G and three in Class F, have been rescheduled for today and Tuesday. Fans are encouraged to check www.ohsbl.com for updated times and scores.
CLASS H (AGES 9-10)
Amherst Cavaliers 17, Firelands Bears 0
Lorain Cardinals 9, Columbia Rural Urban 7
Grafton Cornstar 12, Oberlin Sandstorm 9
North Olmsted Robek’s 12, South Amherst Thunderbirds 2
Lorain Merchants 16, Valley City Frogmen 2
Olmsted Falls Bulldogs 12, Columbia Eagles 1
North Olmsted Suburban Collision Center 13, Midview North Ross Environmental 10
Belden Grafton Scoop 15, Lorain Longhorns 5
Medina Thunder 18, Olmsted Falls Bulldogs Gold 12
Medina Indians 17, Keystone Piscione Welding 5
Keystone Strike Out 24, Olmsted Falls Blue & Gold Bulldogs 6
Midview North Cavanaugh 13, Oberlin Kasper Auto 3
CLASS G (AGES 11-12)
Medina Blaze/Meers Land 16, Keystone #2 3
Oberlin Rotary 23, Olmsted Falls #3 13
Columbia Viccarone Heating and Cooling 13, Olmsted Falls Bulldogs 6
Grafton Marco’s 5, North Olmsted Great Northern Dodge 2
North Ridgeville Stars 12, Midview North O’Connor Cleaning 10
Sheffield Storm 12, Olmsted Falls Blue Bulldogs 7
Medina Indians 14, North Olmsted Chambers Funeral Home 4
Vermilion Americut 5, Spencer Main St. Market 3
Medina Lightning 14, South Amherst Blazers 1
CLASS F (AGES 13-14)
Columbia American Eagle Coin 13, Vermilion American Legion 3
Columba Morton’s Landscaping 13, Firelands Nighthawks 0
Olmsted Falls Blue 15, LaGrange/Keystone 0
Medina Lizards 16, North Olmsted Jimmy Johns 2
Columbia Precision Install 16, Oberlin 2
New London Eagles Red 9, Midview North Redwood 2
New London Eagles Black 7, Firelands Firebirds 0
LaGrange/Keystone Wildcats 8, Vermilion Hurricanes 0
Belden Amish Swings & Things 21, North Olmsted Toyota 3
North Ridgeville Athletics 16, Medina Vipers 3
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