Lehman took a big step toward a Northwest Central Conference championship Thursday, pulling away from Riverside for a 13-3 victory in action at Lehman.
The Cavaliers are 11-0 in the league and own a two-game lead with three remaining. Overall, they are now 18-2.
Riverside drops to 12-9 overall and are 8-4 in the league.
The game was closer than the score indicates, with the Cavs leading just 6-3 after five innings. But in the bottom of the sixth, the Cavs scored seventimes to end the game right there.
Dylan Arnold had three hits and drove in three runs, and Bryce Kennedy three hits and two RBIs to lead the Cavs’ 12-hit attack.
Brandon Simmons singled and doubled, Parker Riley had two hits, two RBIs and scored three times, and Ryan Schmidt added a double.
In addition, Tyler Lachey scored three times and Brandon Barhorst coaxed three walks.
All three of the Pirate runs were driven in by Tyler Sanford. He had a solo home run in the top of the first, and a two-run single in the fifth.
SCHEDULE — Lehman has had a couple of changes in its schedule. The Cavaliers will now host Lima Perry on Saturday and play at Perry on Monday. And Tuesday’s schedule game with Springfield Catholic has been canceled.
Sanford (LP), Barhorst (6), Ritzma (6) and Kreglow; Barhorst (WP), Simmons (6) and Smith.
Records: Lehman 18-2, Riverside 12-9.
Graham 11, Sidney 7
ST. PARIS — The Sidney Yellow Jackets came up short against Graham, losing 11-7 in non-league action on the road Thursday.
The loss leaves Sidney at 5-17. Graham is now 5-14.
The Jackets had 11 hits in the game, three of them by Austin McLain, who also scored twice. Kyle Noble and Caleb Harris each singled twice, and Cole Hofmann belted a home run, scored twice and drove in two. Harris also had two RBIs.
Sidney`104 000 2—7`11`1
Graham`432 200 x—11`13`1
WP: Milligan; LP: Beer
Records: Sidney 5-17, Graham 5-14.
Loramie 17, Fairlawn
As expected, Fort Loramie breezed past Fairlawn in county baseball action Thursday, 17-0.
The win put the Redskins at 8-2 in the County and kept them one game behind co-leaders Anna and Russia. Overall, they are 12-9.
Fairlawn is 0-8 and 1-11.
The Redskins got three in the first and three in the second, then guaranteed a run-rule verdict with eight in the third.
Shane Hilgefort led the 14-hit attack with four hits in four trips. Daniel Berning was 3-for-4 and Dylan Albers had a double.
WP: Kemper; LP: Wright
Records: Loramie 12-9, Fairlawn 1-11.
Anna 11, JC 0
ANNA — Anna remained tied for first in the County with an 11-0 run-rule verdict over Jackson Center in action at Jackson Thursday.
The win gave Anna an 8-1 league mark and a 13-5 record on the year. Jackson is now 2-7 and 4-12.
Anna led 2-0 after two-and-a-half innings, then plated eight in the third.
Nathan Frilling led Anna with a single, a double and two runs scored.
Colin Wuebker, Aidan Endsley and Derek Coverstone all scored two runs, Endsley had four stolen bases and Coverstone two.
Seth Roe pitched all five for the Rockets and struck out seven.
Murphy (LP), Sosby (3) and Rose, Murphy (3); Roe (WP) and White.
Records: Anna 13-5, JC 4-12.
Minster 7, Marion Local 0
MINSTER — Aaron Ernst allowed just four hits while striking out nine and walking only one in pitching the Minster Wildcats to a 7-0 victory over Marion Local in action at Minster Thursday.
The win put the Wildcats at 13-6 overall and evened their Midwest Athletic Conference record at 3-3. Marion is 9-12 and 1-5.
Minster had six of its runs in the first three innings. The Wildcats had nine hits, and six of them came with two out, and drove in runs.
Jon Niemeyer finished 3-for-3 for Minster, and Ryan Thobe was 2-for-3 for the Flyers.
Marion`000 000 0—0`4`5
Minster`123 010 x—7`9`0
Leugers (LP), Bruns (4) and Hays; Ernst (WP) and Stubbs.
Records: Minster 13-6, Marion Local 9-12.