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Perennial power Defiance awaits Bellefontaine at state

Easton Water set to battle defending champs Saturday night in Coldwater


ABOVE: The members of the Bellefontaine Easton Water baseball team that will compete in the state Acme tournament are, from the left, front row: Kyle Brunner, Andrew Mitchell, Gauge Hayman, Joe Oliver, Connor Burton and Jordan Baughman; and back row: Daniel Boy, Clay Russell, A.J. Gorham, Cam Henry, Jake Kennedy, Tyler Jones, Drake Roebuck, Jarrod Houchin, Nick Burton and John Kirby. FRONT PAGE PHOTO:  Bellefontaine’s run to the state Acme tournament has been fueled by standout pitching. Drake Roebuck, above, has been a big part of that. He has recorded 23 strikeouts in 21 innings of work. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)

The players on the Bellefontaine Easton Water Acme baseball team have shown they enjoy a challenge. They have another big one awaiting Saturday.

Fresh off a thrilling 4-3 extra-inning win over Springfield in Monday’s district championship game, Bellefontaine is preparing to face a powerful Defiance program Saturday night in the first round of state tournament action in Coldwater.

Bellefontaine (21-3) and Defiance (18-6) meet at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park.

“I know our guys will be looking forward to this opportunity,” said Bellefontaine head coach Don Hensley after Monday’s win. “They realize this is summer baseball and it is not the same thing as the spring season, but you only have so many chances in your athletic career to be a state champion. Any time you get this kind of opportunity, you want to take advantage of it.”

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