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Lakers score game-winner in seventh to edge KR

Indian Lake head coach Kevin Eyink would prefer his team cut out some of the drama, but feels good about the way his team has performed in getting out to a 2-0 start.

The Lakers won their second straight tight game Thursday, getting an RBI bunt from Connor Dickerson in the bottom of the seventh inning to clip visiting Kenton Ridge 3-2 in a Central Buckeye Conference opener.

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Indian Lake’s Jacob Hulbert waits for the ball at third base before tagging out a runner attempting to steal during Thursday’s home game against Kenton Ridge. EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND

“We’ve preached to the kids that we have to be able to hold onto a lead and finish games off, but I am proud of them for finding a way to get a win,” said Eyink.

The Lakers scored twice in the opening inning for a 2-0 lead. The Cougars came back to tie the game with a pair of runs in the sixth.

With runners on first and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh, Dickerson laid down a safety squeeze that plated Tony Carpenter with the winning run.

“It was good to see the guys execute in a tight game like that,” said Eyink.

Isaac Miller went 2-2 and Nate Davis added an RBI for the Lakers.

Jacob Hulbert picked up the win in relief of Brandan Ross. Hulbert worked the final two innings after Ross went the first five frames.

“I’ve been really pleased with Jacob and Brandan,” said Eyink. “We’ve used those two guys in both of our games, and I couldn’t ask for anything more out of them.”

The Lakers return to action tonight at Kenton in non-league play.

INDIAN LAKE 3, KENTON RIDGE 2

Cougars    000    002    0    —    2    2    0

Lakers    200    000    1    —    3    6    3

Knotts and Lykens; Ross, Hulbert (6) and Davis. WP—Hulbert; LP—Knotts.

Chiefs blitz Falcons 13-1

Bellefontaine’s baseball team pounced on host Graham for a 13-1 win in five innings Thursday.

The Chiefs are now 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Central Buckeye Conference.

Bellefontaine scored in every inning. The Chiefs jumped out with three runs in the first and added one in the second, two in the third, five in the fourth and two in the fifth.

Graham scored its lone run in the fourth inning.

Bellefontaine’s offense collected 11 hits. Jarrod Houchin led the way with three hits, including a home run, and Tyler Shamblin had two hits. Drake Roebuck had a triple and three RBI, Shamblin had three RBI and Houchin and Trent Nicholl each added two RBI.

Cody Lyons earned the win on the mound. He combined with Roebuck and Nick Burton for a two-hitter.

Bellefontaine is back in action tonight at home against Vandalia-Butler.

BELLEFONTAINE 13, GRAHAM 1

(five innings)

Chiefs    312    52    —    13    11    0

Falcons    000    10    —    1    2    3

WP—Lyons; LP—Wells.

Raiders bounce Stebbins

Benjamin Logan’s baseball team improved to 3-0 on Thursday with a 7-4 win over visiting Stebbins in the Central Buckeye Conference opener.

The Raiders scored four runs in the second inning to grab the early lead.

After the Indians plated a run in the top of the sixth, Ben Logan responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a commanding 7-1 lead.

The Indians were able to score three times in the top of the seventh, but the Raiders were able to fight off the threat to get the win.

Zane Collins worked five innings to get the win on the mound for the Raiders. He scattered five hits and struck out seven.

Brady Bechtel pitched the final two innings and picked up the save.

Offensively for the Raiders, Wes Brown had three RBI and Todd Coleman went 3-4 with a double and two RBI.

The Raiders are back in action Saturday with a doubleheader at Kenton.

BEN LOGAN 7, STEBBINS 4

Indians    000    001    3    —    4    9    2

Raiders    040    003    X    —    7    9    5

Brinegar, Myer (6) and Beatty; Collins, Bechtel (6) and Bechtel, Pulfer (5). WP—Collins; LP—Brinegar.

Pirates cut down Cavaliers

Riverside’s baseball team knocked off host Lehman Catholic 14-8 on Thursday.

The Pirates are now 2-3 on the season.

Riverside’s bats came alive to the tune of 17 hits.

Luke Greene had four hits to pace the Pirates’ hitting attack. Dalton Bollinger collected three hits including two doubles and had two RBI, Dustin Proffitt had a triple, single and three RBI, Dallas Daniels had three hits and two RBI, Landon Kelsey had two hits and three RBI and Dakota Bollinger added two hits.

Kenny Guthrie went five innings on the mound to get the win for the Pirates. Proffitt worked the final two frames.

Riverside returns to action tonight at West Liberty-Salem.

RIVERSIDE 14, LEHMAN 8

Pirates    361    400    0    —    14    17    4

Cavaliers    321    200    0    —    8    12    2

Guthrie, Proffitt (6) and Dal. Bollinger; Hemmelgarn, Rentag (4), Arnold (5) and Proffitt. WP—Guthrie; LP—Hemmelgarn.

Botkins upends Ridgemont

Visiting Botkins took advantage of eight Ridgemont errors to beat the Gophers 16-3 in a non-league baseball game Thursday.

“We hit the ball hard tonight, but everything went right to them,” said Ridgemont coach Todd Smith. “I was happy with the way we hit.”

Trevor Sparks and Isaiah Stover each had a double and Tyler Tillman and Tyler Allen each had two hits to lead the Gophers at the plate.

Ridgemont plays at Cory-Rawson on Saturday.

BOTKINS 16, RIDGEMONT 3

Trojans    128    000    5    —    16    8    1

Gophers    001    020    0    —    3    7    8

WP—Miller; LP—Allen.

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