BELOIT-The West Branch baseball team clinched a share of the Northeastern Buckeye Conference title with a 5-0 win over Louisville Saturday.
The Warriors last conference title came in 1997. West Branch can clinch the title outright with a win over Louisville on Thursday.
West Branch (14-10, 11-2 NBC) resumes tournament play on Tuesday when the third-seeded Warriors take on second-seeded Poland in a Div. II district semifinal at 4 p.m. at Cene Park.
Jake Smith led the Warriors on Saturday with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs.
Also for West Branch, Kip DeShields pitched a complete game and had a douvle, while Kyle Ziegler was 1 for 2 with an RBI.
Louisville drops to 8-14 overall and 7-6 in the NBC.
WB-Kip DeShields, wp, (7IP, 3K, 3BB) and Jake Smith.
LO-Hollifield (2IP, 0K, 0BB), Hughes (4IP, 1K, 2BB) and Dalton Deckard.
NORTH JACKSON-The postseason came to an end for the Southern baseball team Saturday, with a 9-3 loss to Jackson-Milton in a Div. IV sectional final.
The eighth-seeded Indians drop to 11-12 overall, while the second-seeded BlueJays (12-5) advance to face the winner of Monday's Mathews-McDonald game in a Div. IV district semifinal Thursday at Cene Park.
Jesse McClurg and Patrick Shean each doubled for Southern. Nick Woloschak had three RBIs for Jackson-Milton.
JM-Nick Woloschak, wp, (5K, 1BB)
SO-Eric Woodburn, lp, (2K, 3BB)
Mineral Ridge 13, Wellsville 1
STRUTHERS-Fifth-seeded Mineral Ridge beat 12th-seeded Wellsville 13-1 in five innings in a Div. IV sectional opener Saturday at Cene Park. The Rams will play seventh-seeded Lowellville in a Sectional final Monday at 6:30.
Minerva 6, Cambridge 3
STEUBENVILLE-The Minerva baseball team earned a Div. II sectional title Saturday, beating sixth-seeded Cambridge 6-3 at Vaccaro Field.
The third-seeded Lions (12-11) will play second-seeded Dover at 5 p.m. Thursday for the Warsaw District two title at River View High School.
Dalton Hartshorn led Minerva with two hits, including a triple, and an RBI.
M-Mitch Croston, wp, (6IP), Jantsen Locke (1IP), and Alex Gould.
C-Caleb Tingle, lp, (5IP), Neff (1IP) and Charlton.