United Eagles are golden against Columbiana to claim EOAC crown
COLUMBIANA — United’s baseball team didn’t expect to be in the position it was coming into Friday’s key Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference championship tilt against Columbiana.
But the Eagles made the most of a golden opportunity and closed out their first league championship since 2006 with a 6-5 win over Columbiana at Firestone Park.
United led 3-1 with two outs and runners at the corners in the top of the second when the game was suspended on April 25 due to storms.
Trent Newburn made sure to get right after it on Friday as he socked a two-run double off Columbiana’s Riley McElwain just four pitches into the restarted game. Nevin Hahlen and Grant Knight scored on that double to give the Eagles (13-8, 11-1 EOAC) enough of a cushion to begin thinking about claiming the title.
Columbiana, at one point in the season ranked second in the state in Div. III in the state coaches poll, tried to muster enough to mount a comeback as Seth Spooner got the rally going with an RBI triple in the third to make it 5-2.
Devin Daugherty added an RBI double scoring Alex Eusebio in the fourth. He also later scored on an error to make it 5-4.
Parker Newburn’s sacrifice fly which scored Tyler Dickens in the sixth gave the Golden Eagles a much-needed insurance run.
Daugherty had another big moment in the sixth with another RBI double that scored Eusebio to cut the lead to 6-5.
Columbiana loaded the bases in the seventh inning, but United pitcher Trent Newburn ended the game by striking out Daugherty.
Trent Newburn totaled 10 strikeouts and four walks on 124 pitches (spread over two different dates). Riley McElwain took the loss for the Clippers as he struck out six and walked three in four and a third innings of work.
Columbiana fell to 16-6 and 9-2 in the league.
United’s other league baseball titles came in 2000, 2003 and 2004.
The Golden Eagles are slated to play at East Canton today.
Columbiana is scheduled to host Western Reserve today.
U–Trent Newburn, wp (7IP, 10K, 4BB) and Parker Newburn.
CO–Alex Eusebio, lp (1 2/3IP, 1K, 3BB), Riley McElwain (4 1/3IP, 6K, 3BB), Seth Spooner (1IP, 1K, 1BB) and Colin Keleman.
East Palestine 6, Wellsville 5
UNITY — East Palestine beat Wellsville 6-5 in eight innings on Friday.
For East Palestine, Patrick Bender had three hits. Kyler Bourne added two hits including a double. Cale Moraski had the game-winning hit.
Landon Ramsey and Kolby Ramsey had three hits each for Wellsville.
East Palestine is 7-10 and 4-5. The Bulldogs are at Wellsville today.
W: 1-0-0-0-2-0-1-1–5- 9-3
EP–Blake Noel (6 2/3IP, 3BB, 13K), Max Carvelli (1 1/3IP, 2BB, 2K) and Cale Moraski, Patrick Bender
W–Tyler Landess (7 1/3IP, 2BB, 5K) and Ramsey.
Champion 2, Crestview 0
WARREN — Champion shutout Crestview 2-0 on Friday in Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Division action.
Matthew Strank had two hits for the Rebels.
Crestview (13-5) hosts Liberty at 2 p.m. today.
Champion earned a share of the MVAC Gray with the win.
CR–Carter Blakeman, wp (6IP, 10K, 1BB)
CH–Holt, lp (7IP, 6K, 1BB)
Alliance 11, Heartland 5
ALLIANCE — Jeff Graffice, who has been Alliance’s head coach since 2004, picked up his 300th career win as the Aviators got to Heartland Christian early for an 11-5 victory Friday.
The Aviators opened up an 8-0 lead in the third inning.
Sophomore Ryan Bruni had a double, single and scored three runs to lead the Aviators.
For the Lions, Nate Garzanich doubled, singled, drove in a run and scored another.
Heartland is 9-9 and is scheduled to host Lisbon today.
H: 0-0-0-4-0-1-0– 5-7-3
A–B. Bell, wp (6IP, 5R, 3ER, 7H, 2K, 1BB), Fisk (1IP, 2K).
H–Jake Kling, lp (1 2/3IP, 2R, 0ER, 2H, 2BB), Will Morgan (4 1/3IP, 9R, 1ER, 5H, 3K, 2BB).
Cardinal 8, Salem 2
MIDDLEFIELD — Middlefield Cardinal knocked off Salem 8-2 on Friday in regular-season baseball action.
The Quakers were limited to three hits.
Jacob Bean had a single, double and three RBIs for Cardinal.
Salem is 16-7 and is at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy on Monday.
CA–Jacob Bean, wp (7IP, 14K, 4BB)
SA–Cayden Burt, lp (5IP, 3K, 2BB), Collin Riesen (1IP, 1K, 0BB)
Marlington 17,West Branch 7
BELOIT — Eastern Buckeye Conference champion Marlington bumped off West Branch 17-7 in six innings on Friday.
Aaron Tucker had two hits and two RBIs for the Warriors. Christian Starcher added a single, double and three RBIs.
West Branch is 15-8 and 7-5 in the league.
WB: 0-2-4-1-0-0– 7- 8-2
WB–Gavin Bell, lp (3IP, 1K, 2BB), Anthony Perry (3IP, 1K, 1BB) and Hunter Shields.
MA–Mills, wp (6IP, 1K, 3BB) and Grimes.
Columbiana 7, Bristol 1
BRISTOLVILLE — Columbiana’s softball team beat Bristol 7-1 on Friday in a regular-season game.
Caitlynn Pleska had two home runs for the Clippers. Tori Long, Maryn Hepler and Audrey Smith had two hits each.
Columbiana is 15-6.
BR: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0–1 -5-2
CO–Caitlynn Pleska, wp (7IP, 9K, 0BB)
BR–Megan King, lp (7IP, 2BB, 0K)
Marlington 10, West Branch 0
ALLIANCE — Marlington claimed the outright Eastern Buckeye Conference title with a 10-0 win over West Branch in five innings on Friday.
Mati Hawk had a triple for West Branch, 17-5.
West Branch hosts South Range on Monday.
MA–S. Nase, wp (5IP, 5K, 0BB) and A. Collins.
WB–Klary McKay, lp (1 1/3IP, 1K, 2BB), Rylee Pittman (3IP, 4K, 4BB), Tori McKay (1/3IP, 1K, 2BB) and M Morgan Loudon.
Crestview 6, Champion 4
COLUMBIANA — Crestview scored a 6-4 win over Champion on Friday in regular-season play.
Karsyn Moore had a home run and double for the winners. Brooke Brubaker also had two hits.
Champion and Crestview (13-8) were eliminated from the Div. III tournament on Thursday.
CR–Kaedyn Sutton, wp (7IP, 4K, 2BB)
CH–A. Meadors, lp (6IP, 10K, 3BB)
Sebring 21, Leetonia 9
LEETONIA — Sebring beat Leetonia 21-9 on Friday in regular-season play.
Skyler Davis had a double for Leetonia. Kayla Kaminski added a triple.
The Reggi sisters combined for five hits and four RBIs for Sebring.
L: 0-2-5-1-0-0-1– 9- 4-0
S–Allison Hoschar, wp (5IP, 6K, 9BB)
L–Skyler Davis, wp (5K, 7BB)
Alliance 11, Salem 10
ALLIANCE — Alliance topped Salem 11-10 in nine innings on Friday in a regular-season contest.
Shyanne Yeager had the winning hit for Alliance.
Salem is 13-14.
Bella Brant, Jenna McClish and Channing Toy had two hits each for the Quakers.
SA: 2-5-0-0-2-0-0-0-1–10- 8-3
AL–Emma Reese, wp
SA–Rylie Troy, lp (5K)