OBERLIN - Midview North Ohio M.E.T. picked a great time to win its first game of the season.
Midview, which had come up short in 14 games before Saturday, defeated the Sheffield Lake Cardinals 7-6 in the first round of the Ohio Hot Stove Class F district tournament.
Midview beat the Cardinals in dramatic fashion, which was the way the team had lost so many games. M.E.T. frittered away a 4-0 lead before rallying for three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Jacob Hack's two-out single drove in two runs to tie the score. An infield error scored McLaughlin after Jimmy McLaughlin popped up.
Needless to say, Midview coach Mike Caithhaml was ecstatic.
"Did you see me?" Caithhaml asked. "It felt like had jumped four or five feet in the air, straight up.
"We have a very good team on paper. We played solid baseball, but other teams would outplay us and we had injuries early in the season. But every game we played the kids played their hearts out. They gave it all they had."
Still, it looked like déjà vu when Sheffield Lake scored four two-out runs in the sixth inning. Nathan Jasko, who ended the shutout with a leadoff home run in the fifth, singled to score Dominic Woodward. Nick Gaston singled to tie the score, bringing in Kenny Pierson and Jasko, and Jonathan Lesiecki singled on an 0-2 count to get Gaston home.
Andre Flint scored on a throwing error in the top of the seventh to give the Cardinals a 6-4 lead.
Reliever Pierson blanked M.E.T. in the fifth and sixth on no hits, but allowed two hits and a walk in the seventh.
"I didn't want to be the one to make the last out," Hack said. "I felt a lot of pressure up there. It's a relief to get a win at last."
Hack had an RBI hit in the first inning to give Midview a 2-0 lead. Curtis Caithhaml, the winning pitcher in a complete game (seven strikeouts), had two RBI singles.
Midview will play another Sheffield Lake team, the Venom, today at 12:30 in Oberlin.
Also in Class F, the Vermilion Vipers had little trouble defeating the Medina Knights 16-3 behind five strong innings from starting pitcher Kyle Nader.
Nader used his curveball to strike out eight through the first three innings, allowing just one hit. He finished with 11 strikeouts, one unearned run and two hits allowed.
"It has been better," Nader said of his curveball. "At the beginning of the third inning, I started to feel sore, so I had to stop throwing it."
Nader walked his first two batters before striking out the next three. He and Josh Buchanan led the Vipers' offense with three hits apiece.
The victory was the third of the year for the Vipers over the Knights. In their previous meeting, Vermilion scored five runs in the top of the seventh to win 9-8.
The Vipers meet the South Amherst-Firelands Falcons at 12:30 today at Penfield's Community Park.
One Class G (age 12) game was played at Oberlin on Saturday, with Buckeye Samosky's Pizza defeating the Vermilion Admirals 18-7. Jonah Pfeil, Ian McKinney and Matt Gergely had two hits each for the Admirals.
In Class H (ago 10) games. Keystone Intrepid defeated Buckeye T.L. Keller Meats 10-4, Spencer Lodi Lumber beat Grafton 3-2, and the Firelands Firebirds crushed North Olmsted Rosati's 24-3.
Troy Coffman had a home run, a single and three runs batted in for Intrepid. Nick Gregory had two doubles and a single and Mike Mileski had a pair of doubles for Keystone. Intrepid will face Keystone Homewatch at 12:30 today at Grafton.
Alex Brill had five hits, including a grand slam, and five RBI to power the Firebirds. Logan Howington also had five RBI on a single, double and triple. Adam Lacey struck out nine for Firelands, which will play the Medina Sharks today at 12:30 at Penfield.
Grafton scored two times in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead, but Spencer Lodi came back with two runs in the bottom of that inning. Andrew Lewis had three hits and an RBI and Anthony Pshock had two hits and drove in a run for Grafton.
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Columbia Viccarone 5, NO Visual Sports Network 3
Medina Indians 14, North Ridgeville Stars 0
Medina Mayhem 9, Columbia Designer Flooring 4
Oberlin Rotary 14, South Amherst/Firelands 10
Vermilion Vipers 16, Medina Knights 3
Grafton North Ohio M.E.T. 7, Sheffield Lake Cardinals 6
Columbia Jakes' Garage 16, Keystone Hot Stove 4
Spencer Tire 14, Buckeye Hy-Pro 3
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Columbia Rural Urban Record 13, OF Fighting Bulldogs 8
Amherst Cobras 7, OF Bulldogs 0
Sheffield Steelers 16, NO Paulin Industries 6
MN Cavanaugh Electric 11, Amherst Miners 3
Firelands Raptors 12, Keystone Kats 0
Vermilion Aramys 7 NO Ganley Chevrolet 0
North Ridgeville Gladiators 2 13, Medina Swarm 1
Buckeye Samosky's Pizza 18, Vermilion 7
Swings N Things 19, Keystone Marco's Pizza 4
NO Horizon 34, Firelands Red Birds 7
Vermilion DRD Wildcats 11, Aaron's Home Improvement 10
Spencer Lodi Lumber 3, Grafton GLWB 2
Firelands Firebirds 24, NO Rosati's 3
Keytsone Intrepid 10, Buckeye T.L. Keller Meats 4