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Chiefs’ rally falls short against Northwestern

BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Pirates stay perfect in NWCC with rout of Perry

Bellefontaine made a valiant comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning, but came up one run short as visiting Northwestern held on for a 9-8 victory in Central Buckeye Conference baseball action.

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Northwestern’s Dylan Sindle knocks the ball away from Bellefontaine’s Brandon Wilson at third base during Thursday’s game at Blue Jacket Park.EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND

The loss was the third straight for the Chiefs, who fall to 9-4 overall and 4-4 in the CBC. The Warriors improve to 8-7, 3-4.

Leading 5-3, Northwestern scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to boost their cushion to six runs at 9-3.

Bellefontaine refused to quit. The Chiefs exploded for five runs in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 9-8.

Bellefontaine had the tying run on first base with one out, but two straight strikeouts ended the threat.

Both teams finished with 14 hits. The Chiefs were victimized by three errors.

Drake Roebuck was 3-4 with a home run and three RBI to pace Bellefontaine’s offense.

Also for the Chiefs, Matt Entsminger went 3-5 with an RBI, Tyler Shamblin was 3-5 with an RBI, Brandon Wilson and Jordan Baughman each had a double and Cody Lyons had two RBI.

Bellefontaine is back in action today at Kenton Ridge for a makeup game.

NORTHWESTERN 9, BELLEFONTAINE 8

Warriors    003    200    4    —    9    14    2

Chiefs    030    000    5    —    8    14    3

WP—Spurlin; LP—Entsminger.

Pirates stay perfect in NWCC

Riverside’s baseball team stayed unbeaten in league play Thursday with a 13-1 six-inning rout of host Lima Perry in a Northwest Central Conference game.

The Pirates are now 5-0 in the NWCC and 11-6 overall.

The bats were hot for the Pirates, who piled up 13 hits in the win.

Dalton Bollinger had three hits including a double and collected five RBI to pace the Pirates’ attack.

Dustin Proffitt had three hits with a double, Landon Kelsey notched two hits and an RBI and Drew Harford added two hits and three RBI.

The Pirates built a 5-1 lead after two innings. They added another run in the fifth inning for a 6-1 advantage and then blew the game wide open in the sixth inning with a seven-run outburst.

Kenny Guthrie earned the win on the mound for the Pirates. Guthrie and Proffitt, who came on in relief in the fourth inning, held Perry to four hits.

The Pirates are back in action Saturday at the Houston Invitational.

RIVERSIDE 13, PERRY 1

(six innings)

Pirates    320    017    —    13    13    1

Commodores    100    000    —    1    4    1

WP—Guthrie; LP—Smith.

Raiders break out for win over Cougars

Benjamin Logan’s baseball team broke out of its recent slump with a 9-7 win over host Kenton Ridge in Central Buckeye Conference action.

Get complete game coverage in Friday's Examiner.

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