Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Bellefontaine’s baseball team has found its groove again.
The Chiefs, who started the season 8-0 before dropping five of its next seven games, outlasted host Tecumseh 5-4 in eight innings Tuesday to complete a Central Buckeye Conference series sweep.
Bellefontaine also beat Tecumseh 2-1 on Monday. The Chiefs improve to 12-5 overall and 8-4 in the CBC Kenton Trail division.
The Chiefs have moved one game out of second place and two behind Kenton Trail leader Tippecanoe.
The Arrows, who began the week with a 16-3 overall record, are now 16-5 and 8-4 in the league.
“These two wins have showed the toughness and competitive nature these guys have,” said Bellefontaine head coach Art Caudill. “We always preach to our kids about bouncing back, and that’s what they were able to do.”
Bellefontaine was able to come up with some clutch hits Tuesday.
Cody Lyons got the Chieftain offense started with a two-run home run in the second inning for a 2-0 Bellefontaine lead.
Tecumseh scored a run in the third inning to make the score 2-1.
Bellefontaine increased its lead to 3-1 with a run in the top of the fifth, but Tecumseh struck back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score 3-3.
The Chiefs broke the tie in the top of the seventh when Tyler Shamblin belted a one-out home run to left. That blast put Bellefontaine up 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh.
Tecumseh grabbed the momentum back in its half of the seventh, scraping out a run to knot the score at 4-4.
Bellefontaine came up big again in the top of the eighth. With two outs, Josh Clifton lined an RBI single to score Drake Roebuck, making the score 5-4.
In the bottom of the eighth, Shamblin worked around a one-out single to keep the Arrows scoreless and clinch the victory.
Shamblin came on in relief of Clifton to get the win. Clifton went 4 2/3 innings and Shamblin threw 3 1/3 innings of two-hit ball.
With the two wins over the Arrows, the Chiefs have received a huge shot of confidence. However, Caudill warned his team after Tuesday’s game that it has to keep its focus.
“I told the guys that we can’t take anything for granted,” he said. “All the momentum that we built the last two days can be lost if we lose (Thursday) at Ben Logan.”
BELLEFONTAINE 5, TECUMSEH 4
Chiefs 020 010 11 — 5 5 3
Arrows 001 020 1 — 4 9 5
Indian Lake slips past Falcons
Indian Lake fought off host Graham for a 2-1 victory Tuesday in a Central Buckeye Conference baseball game.
The win keeps the Lakers atop the CBC Mad River division standings with an 8-3 mark. They are now 9-8 overall.
The Falcons fall to 4-13, 3-7.
Tuesday’s game was scoreless through the first three innings.
Indian Lake broke through for a run in the fourth inning before the Falcons tied the game with a run in the fifth.
The Lakers regained the lead with a run in the sixth and held on the rest of the way for the win.
Brandan Ross went six innings to get the win on the mound. He struck out seven, walked one and allowed 10 hits.
Nate Davis hit a home run to power the Lakers at the plate. Jacob Hulbert added a double and Isaac Miller chipped in with an RBI.
INDIAN LAKE 2, GRAHAM 1
Lakers 000 101 0 — 2 6 1
Falcons 000 010 0 — 1 10 0
Triad dumps M’burg
Seth Collier drove in the game-winning run with a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning to give host Triad a 3-2 victory over Mechanicsburg on Tuesday.
The Cardinals are now 18-3 overall and 9-1 in the Ohio Heritage Conference.
Mechanicsburg grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning and pushed its cushion to two runs with another run in the top of the sixth.
Triad countered with a run in the bottom of the sixth to climb within one at 2-1.
The Cardinals then came up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to snatch the win.
Colton Young went the distance on the mound to earn the win for the Cardinals. He also had a double with the bat.
Doug Lowe also doubled for the Cardinals.
Triad hosts Riverside on Thursday.
TRIAD 2, MECHANICSBURG 1
Indians 100 001 0 — 2 4 0
Cardinals 000 001 2 — 3 5 4
Skinner, Bogan (7) and Wetzel; Young and Tre McIntyre. WP—Young; LP—Skinner.
WL-Salem bounces Irish
Jake Rutan came up with a two-run single in the top of the seventh to lift visiting West Liberty-Salem to a 6-5 win over Springfield Catholic Central on Tuesday.
The Tigers trailed 5-3 after six innings, but they came up with three runs in the top of the seventh to emerge with the win.
WL-Salem finished with 11 hits. Kyle Crawford went 3-4 with a double to lead the Tigers’ attack. Max Bailey went 2-5 and Rutan had three RBI.
Grant Burden went the distance to get the win for the Tigers. He scattered six hits, struck out three and walked four.
The Tigers are back in OHC action Friday at Greeneview.
WL-SALEM 6, SCC 5
Tigers 010 110 3 — 6 11 4
Irish 011 030 0 — 5 6 4
Northwestern tops Raiders
Host Northwestern broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for a 4-2 win over Benjamin Logan in a Central Buckeye Conference baseball game Tuesday.
Ben Logan drops to 10-9 overall and 4-6 in the league, while the Warriors improve to 10-7, 5-4.
The Warriors scored a run in the bottom of the first for a 1-0 lead. Ben Logan jumped in front with two runs in the third inning.
The Warriors tied the game with a run in the fourth and then went ahead for good with their two-run sixth frame.
Collen Pulfer doubled and Brady Bechtel had an RBI to lead Ben Logan’s offense.
The Raiders are back in action Thursday at home against Bellefontaine.
See Wednesday's Examiner for the complete baseball roundup.