South Range ousts Palestine

GREENFORD — Defending Div. III state champion South Range cruised to a 9-1 win over East Palestine on Wednesday in a Div. III sectional final.

Raider ace Jake Gehring had nine strikeouts in five innings of work for South Range, 21-5. East Palestien got two hits from Sean Helpy. The Bulldogs end the season at 16-8-1.

Trey Pancake and Brandon Mikos had two hits each for Range. Jared Bajerski and Josh Stear had doubles.

South Range will face Ursuline in the Div. III district semifinal on Monday at Cene Park.

EP: 0-0-0-0-0-1-0–1- 5-3

SR: 5-0-4-0-0-0-x–9-10-1

SR–Jake Gehring, wp (5IP, 2BB, 9K), Sam Brooks (1IP, 0BB, 1K), Trey Pancake (1IP, 0BB, 2K) and Jared Bajerski.

EP–Dalton Vance, lp (3IP 0BB, 2K), Sean Helpy (3IP, 0BB, 5K) and Connor Elliott.

Rootstown 10, Crestview 0

ROOTSTOWN — Rootstown closed out Crestview 10-0 in a Div. III baseball sectional final on Wednesday.

Isaac Ricketts had two hits for the Rebels.

Rootstown will meet Canton Central Catholic at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at Cene Park in the district semifinal.

CR: 0-0-0-0-0-0–0-6-2

RT: 2-4-0-3-0-1–10-8-0

Canton Central 8, United 1

CANTON — Canton Central Catholic was too much for United to handle as the Crusaders downed the Eagles 8-1 in a Div. III sectional final on Wednesday.

United is 15-11-1 but still has regular season games remaining.

Canton Central will meet Rootstown at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Cene Park in the district semifinal.

Niles 4, Salem 0

NILES — Salem’s baseball team was eliminated with a 4-0 loss to Niles on Wednesday in a Div. II sectional final.

Salem ends the season 15-12.

Blaise Exline had two hits for the Quakers.

Adam Wilson struck out three in six innings of work.

Niles advances to meet Hubbard at 4 p.m. on Monday at Cene Park.

Alliance 4, West Branch 0

ALLIANCE — Alliance rode Gavin Bruni’s arm to a 4-0 win over West Branch in a Div. II sectional final on Wednesday.

Bruni threw six innings and struck out two.

West Branch was limited to three hits. The Warriors ended the campaign 17-12.

Alliance will meet Canfield at 4 p.m. on Monday at Cene Park in a district semifinal.

WB: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0–0-3-3

AL: 2-1-1-0-0-0-x–4-8-2

AL–Gavin Bruni, wp (6IP, 2K, 2BB), Strata (1IP, 1K, 0BB) and Bell.

WB–David Cunningham, lp (6IP, 6K, 2BB) and Tristan Ballard.

Columbiana 13, Wellsville 0

WELLSVILLE — Columbiana’s baseball team wrapped up the season with a 13-0 five-inning win over Wellsville in a regular season contest on Wednesday.

Chase Franken got the win on the mound and had three hits and two doubles. He has 24 career doubles which is a school record. Ryan Fahs added two hits.

Columbiana is 14-11 and 9-5 in the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference.

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