MECHANICSBURG – Mechanicsburg jumped all over Fairlawn on Monday and beat the visitors, 14-0, in five innings of sectional baseball.
“We were aggressive at the plate and put ourselves in hitters’ counts. When we do that, we can be dangerous,” MHS Coach Bryan Eyink said.
The Indians batted around in the first inning, putting a fat eight runs on the board. The home team put another pair of runs across in the second and plated four in the fourth to pull away for the victory.
Meanwhile, Keane Dunn pitched all five innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 10 batters.
“Our defense played well behind Keane. He just did a nice job keeping their kids off balance,” Eyink said.
Dunn was also 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of RBI, with Caleb Newsome going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI and Dylan Hartman going 2-for-4 with 3 RBI.
Mechanicsburg (13-8) plays at Lehman Catholic on Wednesday in the next round.
“We’re excited about the challenge and taking that next step,” Eyink said.
WL-S baseball falls
A rough start in the 1st inning was the difference in the opening round of the baseball sectional as WL-S fell to Northwestern, 2-1, on Monday.
Northwestern scored 2 runs on a double and 2 singles in the top of the 1st. A pair of doubles by seniors Ben Hyland and Chase Humphrey put the Tigers on the board and within striking distance at 2-1.
Both pitchers settled in and not another run would score for either side.
The Tigers are 14-10 overall and 8-3 in the OHC.
Triad softball advances
Abby Ehrenborg clouted two home runs as Triad beat Versailles, 8-4, in the softball sectional on Monday.
For the Cardinals, Maddi Collier earned the win and Ali Dixon was 2 for 3 with a double.
Triad (15-12) advances to play at Arcanum on Wednesday.
WL-S softball wins
WL-S routed Greenon, 13-0, in five innings in the first round of the softball sectional on Monday. Kelsey Day recorded the win for WL-S and was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI.
For the Tigers, Kenedie Cox was 3 for 3 with a triple and a stolen base, Olivia Ames was 2 for 3 with am RBI and seven other Tiger players contributed a hit apiece.
WL-S (18-5) advances to host Anna on Wednesday.
The WL-S boys track team competed in the prelims of the OHC meet on Monday. WL-S is currently 2nd with 18 points behind Fairbanks (26 points) in the OHC North. WL-S qualified several runners to the finals to be held on Thursday at WL-S Stadium.
The shot put, the 4×800 relay and the long jump were finals for the boys on Monday.
The WL-S 4×800 team of Michael Conley, Jordan Lewis, Isaac Smith and Sam Strickland placed 1st (8:46.73). Christian Parker was 1st in the long jump with a leap of 18-8 and Thad Lawrence was 4th in the shot put (36-2.5).
The West Liberty-Salem junior high team ran at the OHC prelims on Monday. The following individuals qualified for finals.
Grace Estes, 200 M (28.07), 100 Hurdles (16.93), 200 Hurdles (30.81) OHC Record, Katelyn Stapleton, 400 M (1:01.33) OHC and School Record, Kaylee LeVan 100 M (14.43), Madison Bahan 400 M (1:07.17), Mandilyn Weaver 200 M (32.29).
In the field event finals, the following placed: First – Anna McGill, Discus (96-6), Madison Bahan, Pole Vault (7-0); Second – Kaleigh Wilcox, Discus (80-4); Mandilyn Weaver, High Jump (4-2), Torie Strickland, tie Pole Vault (5-6); Third – Emily Scott, High Jump (4-0).
Reach Justin Miller at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @UDC_Miller.