The Shelby County League is going to wind up in a three-way tie, barring a monumental upset in Russia’s final league game Friday.
Russia traveled to Fort Loramie for a crucial County game, with a lot on the line. Russia entered play with a 9-1 county record, and both Fort Loramie and Anna were right behind at 9-2.
And thanks to Jared Middendorf of the Redskins, both Loramie and Anna will get a piece of the league championship.
Russia has to play at Botkins today, and will be heavily favored to win, so in all probability, the Raiders, Redskins and Rockets will share the County championship.
All three will be 10-2 in the league, with Russia beating Anna twice, Anna beating Fort Loramie twice, and Fort Loramie beating Russia twice.
Loramie scored a run in the first, then added three more in the third. And Middendorf did the rest.
“Jared kept them off balance,” said Loramie coach Bill Sturwold. “He struck out seven and had no walks. Russia hit a couple of balls real hard but they were right at us and we made the plays.”
Loramie got an unearned run in the first, then made it 4-0 in the third. Ben Barhorst and Dylan Albers both singled to put runners on first and third, and one run scored on a base hit by Eli Rosengarten. Daniel Berning was hit by a pitch, then Carter Siegel singled in a run and CJ Billing plated another with a sacrifice fly.
“The kids were pretty fired up,” said Sturwold. “They are really battling right now.”
Loramie is now 17-10 overall and Russia 18-6.
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Cohee (LP) and Drees; Middendorf and Berning.
Records: Loramie 17-10, Russia 18-6.
Anna 17, Fairlawn 1
Anna clinched at least a share of the County title with a 17-1 run-rule verdict over Fairlawn.
The Rockets finish 10-2 in the league and are 18-7 overall.
Thirteen different players had hits for Anna. Aidan Endsley had a double and Zach White had two hits.
Jarred Seigle scored three runs and drove in two, Derek Coverstone and Endsley both drove in two, and Colin Wuebker, Wil Luthman, White, Nathan Frilling, and Zane Briggs all scored twice.
Maurer (WP), Cummings (5) and Briggs; Francis (LP), Hughes (2) and Hina.
Records: Anna 18-7, Fairlawn 1-17.
Houston 5, JC 4
HOUSTON — Houston rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge Jackson Center in the third County game of the night Thursday, 5-4.
Seniors came through on senior day for the Wildcats. With two out and nobody on in the seventh, Howie Ludwig walked, then sped home on a double by senior Isaiah Beaver. Senior Dylan Hensley then singled Beaver home with the winning run.
Beaver wound up with two doubles and Hensley was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Corbin Murphy was 3-for-4 with a double for the Tigers.
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Wildermuth (LP) and Murphy; Herrick, Ludwig (3), D. Beaver (5), Leist (6), Freistuhler (7) (WP) and Trent.
Records: Houston 9-16, JC 6-14.
Minster 1, St. Henry 0
MINSTER — When Minster and St. Henry met during the regular season, Minster came away with a 1-0 win in 11 innings.
It didn’t last that long this time, but it was again 1-0, with Minster winning to advance to the district semifinals in Division 4 action at Minster Thursday.
Minster is now 18-6 and will meet Delphos St. John’s Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Coldwater.
Minster got the game’s only run in the bottom of the fourth. A two-out single by sophomore Jack Heitbrink was followed by a wild pitch. Adam Knapke then singled and Heitbrink was just able to beat the throw home.
Aaron Ernst allowed just four hits for Minster, with three strikeouts and no walks.
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Link (LP) and Bruggeman; Ernst and Stubbs.
Records: Minster 18-6, St. Henry 13-13.